Beauty Review: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash

Veteran Clumps readers know that I love me some Dove. Not too long ago and sang praises to the Visibly Smooth deodorant. Now it’s time to shout like mad for their newest body wash. Am I exaggerating or is it really the bomb diggity? Check the review…


Dove Nutrium Body Wash

Price: 5 out of 5 (12 oz for $4.99-$7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:

“• Repairs and maintains skin’s protective layer during cleansing
• Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish and nourish

• Clinically proven to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization” (source)

The truth:
Well, it’s from Dove so you already know it’s a wonderfully smooth and smells oh so clean.

What I loved about it: It feels soooo smooth!


What I didn’t like: Not much to NOT like. Affordable? Effective? Easy to find? That makes me one happy and clean lady!

Overall: Most of us are all too familiar with Dove, the brand. If you haven’t tried their body washes, then you’ve probably tried their soaps, hair products or deodorants. I don’t know many people who have bad experiences with Dove. Aside from keeping moisture one of their top priorities when it comes to skin care, they are also very conscious about taking care of the sensitive skin peeps of the world. Gotta love that.

The idea behind this new body wash is the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology. You can read more about it here but basically it allows moisture to get deep down in the skin instead of just sitting on top. Kinda like this…..
Pretty friggin ‘awesome, right? I’ve been looking forward to this luscious stuff after every work-out.
The nozzle….
Ohhh, creamy baybeeee….
And it still stays creamy after hittin’ water.
Love iiiiit. It comes in Deep Moisture, Gentle Exfoliating and Sensitive Skin.
You can find these anywhere Dove products are sold.
Are you a Dove lover? Tried this yet? Whatcha think?

The Updated Mascara Bin (and dreams thereof)!

That’s right, my darlings….I have finally updated the Bin to make it a little more user friendly. Instead of placing the reviews under ratings, they are now in alphabetical order. This makes searching easier!

But it won’t stop there. I have an enormous vision for The Mascara Bin. In a perfect world, it would be a HUGE database in which you can not only compare mascaras but see them in different categories such as:
-Volumizing
-Lengthening
-Curling
-Tubing/fiber
-Vibrating
-Waterproof
-Color
-Higher end
-Budget/drugstore
-3D bristle wands
-Comb wands
-Traditional wands
…..and the list goes on. The database would also include open discussion from readers about each mascara and submission of photos of their favorites (and most hated) mascaras. I have had dreams about The ultimate Mascara Bin and while I am struggling to find a way to make it happen, know that the plans WILL come to fruition sooner rather than later.
Enjoy and as usual, don’t hesitate to shoot me any ideas and thoughts.
Y’all know I can’t do this alone. :)

Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara

Everytime I look at the name of this mascara it reminds me of Mr. Cheek’s “Lights Camera Action”. That was my jaaaam in high school.
The question is—is this mascara as hot as the song?
Hmmm…..

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18 at Sephora, Sephora.com and Tarte.com)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) dermatologist- and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 430% after applying giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.” (source)

The truth:
This mascara makes a lot of promises. I don’t think it lives up to ALL of them.

What I loved about it: The packaging is sooooo cute.

What I didn’t like: The claims…they were exaggerated a bit and let’s just say they didn’t deliver to the level that I thought they would.

Overall:

This is one mascara that I always looked at when I first discovered Sephora. I mean, the packaging is just darling. I have always had it on my radar. I know that most mascaras make outrageous claims but when I read this one’s I just KNEW it was something special.
Imagine my surprise when it turned to be….just okay.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. It’s just average. I didn’t experience a great deal of length and very little volume. By the second coat my lashes started to lump together. My lashes did get a nice little glossy effect but *sigh* that didn’t make up for the lack of va-va-voom lashes I realllly wanted.
I can appreciate that this mascara is green-friendly though. Your lashes are free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates and parabens. Gotta love that!
The wand? Eh. Not bad but not the best.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)






Lashes with 2 coats of mascara




Would I recommend it?: It’s worth a try. Didn’t work too well on my lashes but doesn’t mean it work well on others.


A fan of this mascara? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Sales & Spotlights (HUGE SALES!): Week of 8/16/09

Happy Sunday!! Enjoy the following sales, chicas.
If you can, get out to a Walgreens this week. They are killing it on the beauty sales front. Gotta love it!
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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.
  • Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • L’Oreal HIP Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 FREE of (you know I hauled-reviews coming soon!).
  • Maybelline Cosmetics (eye or lip)–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. Has anyone checked out the Colorsensational lippies? They look niiiice.
  • Sally Hansen–$2 off Nail or Lip Treatment or HD nail color. Can’t wait until the Xtreme polishes go on sale.
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics, ache or cleansing skin care–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Jordana Cosmetics or getting marked down like crazy.
  • The entire stock of Jane Cosmetics at most Wal-greens are heavily discounted.
  • Black Radiance is soooo on my radar now more than ever. Lovin’ these prices!
  • Sinful Colors’ polishes are always super cheap. Hot colors for only $1.99.
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This Week’s Sales at CVS

  • (with card) Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Foudation, powder, blush, concealer or lip–Buy 1, get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara–$12.99.
  • (with card) L’Oreal Eye, Shadow, liner or mascara–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid

We don’t have Rite-Aid’s here in Florida but I woke up with an email from a reader who took a picture of their ad saying that L’Oreal products are also BOGO here!
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Your Local Newspaper

Do you check it? Revlon Cosmetics has $1-off coupons and L’Oreal has been known to have $2- off coupons. Serious beauty recessionistas check the Sunday paper like it’s a job. Get on it!

Makin’ any hauls?
Tell me bout ‘em!
Here’s to a great upcoming week!

Sales & Spotlights (HUGE SALES!): Week of 8/16/09

Happy Sunday!! Enjoy the following sales, chicas.
If you can, get out to a Walgreens this week. They are killing it on the beauty sales front. Gotta love it!
_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.
  • Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • L’Oreal HIP Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 FREE of (you know I hauled-reviews coming soon!).
  • Maybelline Cosmetics (eye or lip)–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. Has anyone checked out the Colorsensational lippies? They look niiiice.
  • Sally Hansen–$2 off Nail or Lip Treatment or HD nail color. Can’t wait until the Xtreme polishes go on sale.
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics, ache or cleansing skin care–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Jordana Cosmetics or getting marked down like crazy.
  • The entire stock of Jane Cosmetics at most Wal-greens are heavily discounted.
  • Black Radiance is soooo on my radar now more than ever. Lovin’ these prices!
  • Sinful Colors’ polishes are always super cheap. Hot colors for only $1.99.
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This Week’s Sales at CVS

  • (with card) Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Foudation, powder, blush, concealer or lip–Buy 1, get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara–$12.99.
  • (with card) L’Oreal Eye, Shadow, liner or mascara–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid

We don’t have Rite-Aid’s here in Florida but I woke up with an email from a reader who took a picture of their ad saying that L’Oreal products are also BOGO here!
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Your Local Newspaper

Do you check it? Revlon Cosmetics has $1-off coupons and L’Oreal has been known to have $2- off coupons. Serious beauty recessionistas check the Sunday paper like it’s a job. Get on it!

Makin’ any hauls?
Tell me bout ‘em!
Here’s to a great upcoming week!

Weekend Spotlights and News: 8/15/09

Hi my darlings! I hope everyone is off to great weekend so far! I’m just shootin’ you some spotlights in the beauty world that I think you may like.
Enjoy!!
Urban Decay-30% off!!

Ohhh yeahhh, this is mad dope. Enter the code and save 30% off of your entire purchase. I SO think I’m going to snag one of those Ink for Eyes. Sale ends August 20th so hustle your bum!

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Become a Sephora VIB!

Thanks to reader Hannah for sending me this. If you thought being a Sephora Beauty Insider was the business, you are REALLY going to want to become a V.I.B. Spend at least $350 in total purchases and you automatically become one! Read more about the perks here.

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50% off of Urban Decay at HauteLook!
Another Urban Decay sale! You have to become a member of Haute Look to get in on this one. The prices really are 50%. What a steal! They don’t have any of Urban Decay’s newest items but if you’ve been eyeing the glitter liners or shadows, now is the time to haul away. Visit the site here.
[ETA: Sale over already! Sign up anyway so you can get an email the next time they have a sale like this!]
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Tar-Jay!

(re-post–the sale is still going on!) Target stores have L’Oreal Voluminous for only $3.99!! This is a limited time sale in celebration of L’Oreal’s 100th birthday. What a steal! If any of my International ladies are having a hard time finding this mascara, email me. ;)

If you know of any other sales or running sweepstakes, let me know!

Happy shoppin’ and enjoy the weekend!

FOTD Friday: Red/Gold hair and eyes!



Hellllooooo darliiiings! And Happy Friday to you! A day or so ago I spent some time looking at a few of my past FOTD Friday looks.
Wow.
And excuse the ebonics but “I be on some other stuff.” LOL!!! I get so much solace knowing that my blog is titled Clumps of Mascara. It means I don’t have to be perfect. No Photoshop needed. You get the unedited version. And I don’t apologize for it because you know what? We are all perfectly imperfect. Yep!!!
Sooo, speaking of past FOTDs, I came across a look I did circa Summer 2007.
*ignore the unblended lipliner.
Y’all know I struggle with that. LOL*
OMG, I used to LOOOVE dabbing golds in my inner-V and burgundy from the middle of the lid to the outer-V. I called this look Arabian nights. I have have a thing for deep dark reds, golds and purples.
And not just on the lids, in my hair as well! I spontaneously dyed a few of my locs.
See!

They are the inspiration behind this look.
FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Tarte Green Siren natural cheek stain

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint in Witty
NARS Albatross (highlighter)
Cargo bronzer in medium and MAC Amberlights(Inner-V to lid)
MAC Handwritten e/s (crease)
MAC Coppering e/s (outer-V)
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
I forgot to put some on! *gasp*

LIPS:
Stila Lip Glaze in Peach Cobbler

Those dyed locs are so random, right? What can I say? I got bored and wanted to spice up my hair a bit. I would to add a rich purple but I can’t find any purple dyes. :( Anyone know of any? You can continue to follow my hair journey at LocRocker.com.

And just because I know she is now an active reader of Clumps of Mascara, some random shots of my little sister Imani and I. She spent the week with me last week and we had a little TOO much fun with the MacBook.
Love you sis!
I hope everyone is off to a fantabulous weekend!!
Oh, next week is a themed week. Stay tuned and get excited!

Stay beautiful,

Beauty Beehaviors: Have you ever visited the derm?

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

Well, I did it.

I have been dealing with mild acne for a good 2 years now and after trying EVERYTHING, I thought it was time to seek professional help. I visited the dermatologist for the first time this week. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
After telling me things I already know (I be doin’ my research, yo!) the derm gave me 2 ‘scrips for acne medicine. I have been doing more research to see what I’m getting myself into. We’ll see how that goes.
Riddle me this…..

Have you ever visited a dermatologist?

Was it a good experience? Not so much? Do you go regularly or was it a one time thing?
Tell me allll about it!