COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Okay, so let’s pretend that this mascara JUST came out. Not that it came out mannnny months ago, okay? I’m serious. I already feel bad that I haven’t done a mascara review in gee, I don’t know, 50 years but don’t make me feel worse by commenting that I’m reviewing a mascara that came out forever long ago. Mkay? Promise?

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Very well, then. Let’s move on!

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast

I received a press sample of this mascara so so long ago and it has finally worn me down. I’ve been testing it for a good week and some change and now I’m ready to talk about it!

Price: $10.79 from drugstores nationwide and at Drugstore.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Flaunt the next big thing in lashes with Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara! The brilliant two-step Bombshell Boost System combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.” (source)

The Truth: This is the biggest mascara that I have ever seen. The wand is huge!

What I Loved About It: I do like the inclusion of 2 wands. This always bodes well with me.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s so big and clunky. It makes it difficult to hold comfortably.

Overall: Okay. So. You girls could have warned me about this one. When purchasing this mascara, you do realize that it is larger than most mascaras. But this doesn’t really ring true until you open up the package and hold it in your hand. It is a giant mascara. I could see it being rather intimidating for first time mascara users. Or for clumsy mascara users. Seriously.

Let’s look at the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara

I will say that both wands are pretty stellar. #1 looks like it could be an identical twin to to the CG Lashblast wand. It’s the perfect wand for separating and lengthening lashes from root to tip. And #2, while not as plush as I would have liked for it to be, at first glance, it appeared to be okay in the volumizing department. The packaging says this about the wands…

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara

I disagree as I don’t see how you can effectively volumize with such small bristles on #1, but hey! What do I know? :wink:

I do think most users will find some difficulty with using the wands because they are just so bulky and hard to hold comfortably. But once (and if) you can get past that, each wand is a pleasure to use. However, the end result, I found, was just so so. After using #1, I didn’t see any big difference in using #2. My lashes didn’t look bigger and bolder and I really could just have gotten away with using #1.

Formula-wise, you’ll be happy to find that I didn’t experience any smudging. Flaking came about hours later, but I’m thinking a waterproof topcoat mascara could seal that and bring along longevity.

I don’t know, CG, this just doesn’t seem like your kind of work. It’s not the 2-wands-1 mascara thing that I have beef with, but the girth of the wand itself and the overall performance, I found to be so un user-friendly.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

COVERGIRL Bombshell

COVERGIRL Bombshell on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Those not looking for much in their mascaras will be okay with this. However, those of us who are looking big big and bold lashes will be disappointed. And having checked out some of the reviews online, it looks like many mascara lovers aren’t big fans of this mascara.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 121

MAC RiRi Woo lipstick

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! 

Lipglossiping – counts down the days until she can welcome the summer with a punch of seasonal colour from Deborah Lippmann!

My Beauty Bunny – Feeling lucky? Go ahead and enter to win a shopping spree at Nurture My Body The Grand Prize winner will have $300 to spend on cruelty-free products!

Nouveau Cheap – Attention lip balm fans: have you seen the new Softlips CUBE yet? If not, you must click here!

Pink Sith – has made a confession. She is a Concealer Adulterer. Read all the sordid details about her affair with Joe Blasco Concealer and Neutralizer!

Prime Beauty – visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

Phyrra – shares her picks for the Top 10 Best Pink Lip Products!

we heart this – hearts Mad Men almost as much as beauty products! You too? Check out our Mad Men dictionary, then join us every Monday as we recap the final season.

Clumps of Mascara – is totally that girl that wears lipstick when she works out. And red lipstick at that!

EauMG – There’s a new feature on EauMG, In the House. There are so many brands out there; it can be intimidating. In the House is a quick introduction to a featured indie/niche brands. Come check out the first installment!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve got new lippies and skincare and I am obsessed! Especially with this eye cream and face oil. If fine lines are your concern, I’ve got answers!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – I do love a comprehensive brush review, and this post on Wayne Goss’ Foundation Brush from MyWomenStuff left me scrolling through the archives like a woman possessed!

Question of the Week:

I own more of this brand than any other:

B says, “Probably OPI. I have a loooooot of China Glaze polishes. Zoya, too. Makeup wise, I can’t big as I really love playing with so many brands.”

 

What about you? Do you favor one brand over another?

See you next week!

My iPad Mini Gets A Makeup Over Thanks To the Snugg!

Remember that time I reviewed the Snugg case for my iPad? Well guess what, cool guys and girls? They have the Snugg case for the iPad Mini.

Snugg iPad Mini case

I just about did cartwheels when I received a press sample of this case. I mean…how cute, right?

Snugg iPad mini

Reasonably priced at just $29.99, this Snugg iPad mini Leather Case Cover comes with all of the fixings as her older sister. You’ve got the ‘so durable that it survived an International trip’ cover…

Snugg case covers

If you really want to test the durability of your iPad case, try traveling with it. If it can survive the tossing, bumping, slipping and dumping that gadgets go through in transit, then honey, you’ve got a good case. Our pal the Snugg here, stood up beautifully and even survived an “almost accident” involving a swimming pool. Don’t ask.

Once you open the case and you’ve got nifty business card slots to the left and the Smart Cover capabilities.

Snugg for iPad

Which will never get old in my book. In my review of the Snug iPad 2 case, I had issues with the front facing camera not lining up correctly. This certainly isn’t a problem with the Mini.

Snugg iPad case cover

I’ve never understood why iPad cases are so ridiculously expensive but then provide you with zero features and oftentimes aren’t made to last. Considering the Snugg on my iPad 2 has been hangin’ in there since the moment I’ve got it, it’s safe to assume that the Snugg ROCKS in terms of durability. Even with a toddler in the house.

I’m hopin’ Grandmama Clumps isn’t reading this but Mother’s Day is coming up and I’ll be getting a Snugg case for her iPad Air. Surely she’ll love hers as much as I love mine.

Visit the website here to view all of the specs of this very awesome tablet case and cover.

Snugg iPad case

What kind of case do you use for your tablets?

That Girl Who Wears Lipstick When She Runs…

I feel like such a lame-o for just now wearing this lipstick. I purchased MAC’s RiRi Woo – I dunno…months ago! And I really only purchased it because so many of my beauty blogger friends were raving over it. And I fell for the hype.

MAC RiRi Woo

Which is funny because I’ve never been one to fall over MAC, the brand or Rihanna, the artist. But the lippy arrived and I didn’t touch it. Until a few weeks ago when Grandmama Clumps and I ran a 5K.

Black Girls Run

I was inspired by the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross who wears red lipstick when she works out. And just like that, the stunning RiRi Woo lipstick has become my #1 workout lippy.

MAC RiRi Woo lipstick

And you can see why, right? This limited edition cool matte of a red lipstick rocks my socks. Every few years, I run across a red lipstick that I fall in love with and it looks like this red is the one. In fact, any time I run a race, I’ll be wearing this one.

RiRi Woo swatch

RiRi Woo lipstick

Yep. Some girls run with tutus. Others run with lucky socks. And then there will be me. I will run with red lipstick.

BOOM.

The Flavor Run Comes To Orlando!

The Flavor Run Orlando

I know. You’re all like…”Seriously B? What is it with you and these color runs?” I can’t help it. I run races, but truthfully, I kinda hate running. Sounds crazy, I know but I really only do it for the bling. Yeah, I do it for health too but if I’m going to run a race, I would much rather run a FUN one. And color races are some kind of fun.

This is my first time hearing about The Flavor Run and while it is coming up in just a few weeks, you still have some time to register if you’re interested in joining me on April 26th!

But if you think you’ve seen all there is to see when it comes to color runs, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Flavor Run is unique in that you can actually eat the fruity dust. Yeah, go ahead and act all adult and say “Ewwww!” Personally, I am all over this as the stuff is already flying in your mouth. It’s nice to be able to have some fruity goodness behind it.

The Flavor Run

Aaaand, not only that but those who cross the FINISH line will be rewarded with a medal and a helpful supply of fruit. Like, REAL fruit. Scoooore! For more information about Do’s/Don’ts of the race, check out their Flavor Questions Answered. Not near Orlando? Keep your eyes peeled, Atlanta and Tampa. The Flavor Run will be coming your way soon!

Stay connected to The Flavor Run’s Facebook page for updates, race pics and details.

Giveaway Hosted By Reviva Labs and the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida

Reviva Labs products

Oooooh darlings, so while I was cruisin’ last week, my site decided to be a butt and not post the giveaway that I’ve got going on. Reviva Labs has so graciously decided to sponsor a very generous giveaway. The lovely Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida are hosting this giveaway and we couldn’t be more excited to give our readers the chance to score some seriously awesome goodies from Reviva Labs.

You have tried the brand before, haven’t you? Oh girl. I am allllll over their Seaweed Soap.

Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap

And don’t even get me started on their Skin Energizing Gel. This line is perfect for the health-conscious folx of the world who take pride in using plant-based products for their skin. The line includes affordable products for those of various skin types. I’ll be reviewing a few of these babies in the coming weeks, but for now, why not press your luck to see if you can score some of these goodies?

This giveaway is for my U.S. readers only. Good luuuuuck!

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5 Ways To NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Did you know that it is possible to NOT gain weight on a cruise? I had no idea, but honey, I’ve done it! I managed to cruise for 5 days and not gain an ounce. This is a big deal because if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that they are notorious for feeding you. The portion sizes are massive, the food is generally delectable and you can get food 24 hours a day. You can get pizza at 2am, have ice cream for breakfast and eat dinner rolls by the basket. And it doesn’t stop. You try to convince yourself that it’s okay to stuff yourself full of food because, why not? You’re on a vacation! Who cares, right?

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Well, I cared. Which is why I tried my hardest to not eat like crazy and tried to get in fitness where ever I could. And here’s how you can do it.

Utilize the ship’s track – Almost every ship has a track. Use it. And daily. Walk or run at least a mile a day. I found getting up early in the morning was the best time to do this. I could to experience beautiful sunrises, cool breezes and I had a refreshing start to my day.

Just say no to desserts – It seems like a crime, but you CAN turn down dessert. At each dinner, you are offered a 3-course meal and some nights I just skipped the sweets. If you have to have that sweetness at the end, ask for a bowl of fruit instead.

Take the stairs – I lived on the stairs. Cruise elevators are usually always packed with people and if I had to get from the 4th floor to the 11th floor, I took the stairs. I almost died each time, but hey…I got in some extra exercise and usually got to the top quicker than the folx taking the elevators.

Royal Caribbean

Drink water. And only water – Some cruises offer soda packages and you know what? You don’t need it. You really don’t. I purchased a Bobble water bottle before cruising off and only drank water during meals and in between meals. I knew I was going to be eating more than usual and it made no sense to sip calories when I knew I’d rather be eating them. And speaking of eating…

Don’t eat everything on your plate – I haaaate being wasteful. But the portion sizes I got for each meal were way more than I would have ever eaten. I never finished my plate. I ate slowly, allowed my food to digest and would always be full before I was halfway finished with my meal. Also, to prevent myself from getting full off of the carbs, I always ate my protein and veggies first.

Of course these same tricks can be applied on land, too. But I found these tidbits were so useful when I was on the ship. It was a challenge, y’all. But, for me, one screw up can change my entire fitness/diet world and I didn’t want that to happen.

Have you ever lost any weight on vacation? Share your secrets!

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Reason #1 Why You Should Always Have Your Passport Ready…

…because you may get a phone call asking if you’d like to attend an awesome blogger event on a 5-day cruise to Mexico.

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This totally happened. I had less than 12 hours to pack and get my life together to leave the country. While I was completely crushed about getting laid off from my awesome job, I’ve been finding that everything really does happen for a reason. Posts were slow all last week and I blame it all on that awful WordPress app for iPhone and iPad. Had it been decent, I could have told you all about my time on a lovely Royal Caribbean cruise and my time in Mexico.

But since I couldn’t post then, I’ll make up for it this week by spamming Clumps with travel-friendly photos. You don’t mind, do you?

XOXO