Because the sun doesn’t discriminate…

See this?

This is brown skin. It is melanin-enriched. Many of us brown girls think that just because our skin is darker that it creates some kind of barrier against the sun. And in a sense, it does. So I guess us brown girls don’t even need to wear sunscreen.

“Girl, please.”

The sun does not discriminate. Brown girls have to protect their skin just as much as the lighter girls. And for some reason, most of us did not grow up thinking this. We couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone of ALL shades needs to protect their skin. From the fair ladies to the ebony mamas….protecting the skin is a MUST.

Each summer I experiment with different sunscreens for the face.

Meet the trio!

First up….

Olay Complete All Day moisture lotion SPF 15
($7.29-drugstores nationwide)


Olay Complete is no stranger to Clumps of Mascara. I’ve raved about this moisturizer before. And I won’t stop. My skin absolutely adores Olay Complete. For reasons unknown my skin has been acne-prone beyond belief within the past year or so. This moisturizer does not irritate my skin, clog my pores or leave me with that white film that most lotions with SPF have. Aaaand, it’s okay to wear every single day–which I do! When rubbed in, it looks like this…

Perfecto! This baby will always be a staple in my skin care routine.

Next uuuup

Rx for Brown Skin Protect and Defend
moisturizing sunscreen

($20-click here for more info/purchase)



I am quite the Rx for Brown Skin fan. Products made specifically for skin like mine is right up my alley! When my skin goes through its dry spells, I use this! It is thicker than Olay Complete so I’m not sure how well it would work for oily skin. The good news is, it absorbs well so you aren’t left with a sticky or greasy feeling. I wish it didn’t smell SO sunscreen-y. It is a little overpowering for everyday use but this is something I’m willing to get over to protect my skin. It goes on pretty thick….


But after a good rubbing in session…


…..I am good to go! That white residue from sunscreen drives me up a wall! Don’t have that problem here.

And lastly…

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream
($17.50-Clinique.com–click here for deets)

Oh yes….when I’m going to be taking in a LOT of sun, I have to bring out the yellow tube with higher SPF. Clinique’s Sun Protection products are a must have if you are a Clinique skincare fan. Which, of course, I am…. This smells extremely sunscreen-y but it’s a smell that doesn’t bother me anymore–simply because I know I HAVE to wear it. Now….this baby is going to take a ton of rubbing in to get rid of the white residue.


And even after it’s gone, it leaves me a little greasy.


But honestly? It doesn’t bother me because it stays put, doesn’t run in my eyes when I swim and my skin doesn’t have any bad reactions to it. So heyyyy!! No complaining from me.

Brown girls….where ya’ll at? Please oh please tell me you are rocking sunscreen EVERYDAY. And if you’re not….do you feel the burn from my cyber side-eye?

I want to hear from everyone rocking sunscreen…what’s your favorite?

Brown Skin Protector,

ETA: ….but is your sunscreen SAFE for you? Thanks to reader Rachel for sharing this link. It investigates sunscreens and tells you what’s safe….and what’s not. I will be making some changes!

Amor de Lacquer: What All Lacquered up Says

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Here’s another tip from one of my favorite nail polish bloggers.


Michelle from All Lacquered Up

Healthy cuticles are essential to nail growth & strength. Run, don’t walk, to buy a tube of CND Cuticle Eraser. The AHAs help remove excess skin while apricot oil & aloe moisturize the nail plate and surrounding tissue. it’s a cream so there’s no oily residue. use 2x/day.

Visit Michelle’s blog HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: BB Couture for Nails polishes


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Time to introduce you to different brand of nail polish! One of the joys of being a blogger is discovering companies that I would have never known about had I not been a blogger. Seriously….the average consumer knows only what is in stores or what is talked about. BB Couture for Nails may not be familiar to all nail polish fans YET….but honey, they should be. This is one brand of polishes that has my heart. And my money!

BB Couture for Nails (like most if not ALL of the nail polishes I wear) do not contain toluene,formaldehyde and DBP free.They are also 4-in-1 polishes.

“Uh? What?..please explain, B”

Okay, lemme break it down. While the average polish would usually need a base and top coat, BB Couture for Nails polishes have the base coat, top coat, nail color AND nail strengthener in one. Ain’t that fly?

I played around with a few of the colors…

Tangerine Scream


I reallllly love orange polishes. But I ohmigoodness wow-oh-wow REALLY love orange cream polishes. How stunning is that? It’s perfect. It’s loud. It’s for summer and it looks like a tangerine and 40 watt bulb had a baby. And named her Tangerine Scream.

*crickets*

You know what I mean….hehehe.

Poison Ivy

This is hands down the BEST green that I own. No, I’m serious….and I own some good greens. See?


Poison Ivy is just…perfection. It is pleasing to the eye and compliments my nails something serious. If the Wicked Witch of the West wore nail polish….she would probably rock this.

Dragon’s Breath


You have to enlarge this picture to see the dimensions of this color. Without the red/purple/blue sparkles it would be a boring berry with no personality. BUT, the sparkles make it pop and gives it a serious attitude. The only thing that I don’t like about this polish is that it is pretty tough to remove. But what do you expect from glitters?


Sea of Cortez



This color is in my Top 5 favorite blues stash. How beautiful is it? It reminds me of the waters of Oahu, Hawaii. The silver flecks are just….I mean, wow. Look at them! I have never seen a bue like this before. It is truly one of a kind!

Application of BB Couture for Nails polishes are good. I find that they are a little on the thick side. I had to add some thinner to most. Each are two coats except Dragon’s Breath which was a little streaky. I can not WAIT to order some more BB Couture polishes. They have so many! And for all polish people. For the conservative work go-er (that’s me) and the rockstar on the weekends (that’s me too!). I do wish that they were a little cheaper. $9.95 a polish is a little rich for me. Also, I wish their website was a little more detailed with HOW the polishes look. Blocks of color? Not so much!

Still a brand worth checking out. Click here to visit the site!

Have you tried any polishes from BB Couture for Nails?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

ETA: BB Couture for Nails are also available at OverallBeauty.com. Some are even discounted. Click here to visit. Thanks Lucy!

Product Review: Olay Microdermabrasion & Peel in one system

I’m convinced that I will be the one to find that perfect skincare item. I’m determined to have the smoothest pimple free skin. Right now I’m at what I call a transition age. I’m too old for acne and too young for wrinkles but, guess what? I get a pimple every few months and I swear I see laugh lines around my mouth. I decided that I wanted to try microdermabrasion but in no way can I afford the spa right now!!

Imagine my surprise when I found this at Walmart! So how did it stand up? Check out the review……

Price: 4 out of 5 (Two products) I got it for $24.99 at Wal-mart
Packaging: 5 out of 5 (Very convenient sizes)
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: The power of two treatments to regenerate your skin’s appearance – at home.
The system has two steps that actively work together to give you a combination of a microdermabrasion and mini-peel treatment, but it’s gentle enough to use up to two times a week for continuous results.

The truth: It took some getting used. Since Ive never had something like this done before I didn’t know what to expect. But I liked it after about 6 treatments (1 month) and I saw results.

It comes in its own little kit!

These are the bottles:

Microdermabrasion treatment with derma-crystals

You cant really see the crystals in this picture

Peel activator serum with Latic acid (I cringe at the word acid)

It’s really clear and feels like a face serum

When you do Step 1 (apply crystals to wet face and massage) + Step 2 (apply serum on top of crystals) you end up with this warm yet cool foamy lather

The directions say to use this twice a week so I picked Sundays and Wednesdays. I didn’t go to the spa but I felt like I was getting a luxurious treatment inside my bathroom. Which is always a good thing!

So have you ever had this treatment done? Did you like it?

If you want to try this kit check out Walmart or CVS. You can also visit the Olay website here

If you have any questions please email me (I love getting clumps mail): tamarforclumps@gmail.com

Keep it clumping,
Tamar

Product Review: Olay Microdermabrasion & Peel in one system

I’m convinced that I will be the one to find that perfect skincare item. I’m determined to have the smoothest pimple free skin. Right now I’m at what I call a transition age. I’m too old for acne and too young for wrinkles but, guess what? I get a pimple every few months and I swear I see laugh lines around my mouth. I decided that I wanted to try microdermabrasion but in no way can I afford the spa right now!!

Imagine my surprise when I found this at Walmart! So how did it stand up? Check out the review……

Price: 4 out of 5 (Two products) I got it for $24.99 at Wal-mart
Packaging: 5 out of 5 (Very convenient sizes)
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: The power of two treatments to regenerate your skin’s appearance – at home.
The system has two steps that actively work together to give you a combination of a microdermabrasion and mini-peel treatment, but it’s gentle enough to use up to two times a week for continuous results.

The truth: It took some getting used. Since Ive never had something like this done before I didn’t know what to expect. But I liked it after about 6 treatments (1 month) and I saw results.

It comes in its own little kit!

These are the bottles:

Microdermabrasion treatment with derma-crystals

You cant really see the crystals in this picture

Peel activator serum with Latic acid (I cringe at the word acid)

It’s really clear and feels like a face serum

When you do Step 1 (apply crystals to wet face and massage) + Step 2 (apply serum on top of crystals) you end up with this warm yet cool foamy lather

The directions say to use this twice a week so I picked Sundays and Wednesdays. I didn’t go to the spa but I felt like I was getting a luxurious treatment inside my bathroom. Which is always a good thing!

So have you ever had this treatment done? Did you like it?

If you want to try this kit check out Walmart or CVS. You can also visit the Olay website here

If you have any questions please email me (I love getting clumps mail): tamarforclumps@gmail.com

Keep it clumping,
Tamar

Beauty in Vegan eats and Raw Food treats

How corny is that title?

HA! I know, I know…

Lately I have been exploring vegan and raw foods. I have been talking about my experience, showed photos and tweeted recipes all over Twitter. I thought I should also do a quick post on Clumps of Mascara in case there are other Clumps readers looking to incorporate healthier foods in their diets.

Follow my photo journey!

A week starts with a visit to one of the local farmer’s markets here in Orlando. Can you believe I spend no more than $7 for a week’s worth of fruits and veggies? And people say eating healthy is expensive. Ha!

Google “green smoothies” and tell me what you find. Greens blended with your favorite fruits are the ultimate power drinks. They are not only tasty but are full of vitamins and minerals. My body literally craves these things. I usually use kale, spinach, collards, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, bananas, ginger, almond milk, coconut milk, cinnamon. Whatever I can find, I toss in! The combinations are endless and ALWAYS delicious. No matter how funky it looks.


Lunch is usually a huge spinach salad with sunflower seeds, raisins, olive oil, lemon pepper, sprouts, tomatoes, peppers, etc. And although I’m not a fan of carrots, I find that munching on them keeps the hunger pangs at bay. Oh—and a gallon of water a day is a must!


One of my favorite meals! Spaghetti squash topped with fresh tomatoes and raw lemon drenched kale. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Can you tell I love kale? If I’m craving a crunch with a bit of saltiness, I make kale chips. Toss them in the oven for 10 minutes, sprinkle a little sea salt on top and they almost taste like chips.

And just because I’m incorporating more greens doesn’t mean I have to go without my sweets. I love pina coladas. Toss in a few pineapples, coconut milk, ice and cinnamon and oh wee….sah-weet!

Vegan chocolate chips anyone? Don’t turn your nose up. They taste just as good as the regular ones….if not better! This is the recipe I used.

Many have asked WHY I have gone this route. I simply wanted to spice up the way I eat—in a good way. I’ve been a good eater for quite some time but I am loving adding veggies to everything! And loosing weight along the way ain’t so shabby.

Let me know what you think! You know I find beauty in EVERYTHING so don’t be surprised to see more green foods somehow tied with beauty on Clumps of Mascara.

My Top Raw Resources:
Raw Epicurean
Choosing Raw

If you are on Twitter, I highly suggest following these ladies. They tweet great tips and recipes!
@naptress
@MyRawChef
@JulieK
@VeganCook101

…..there are so many! My online Coach has even started a support group so if you are looking to incorporate greens in your diet, join us here!

Stay green,

ChapStick True Shimmer Strikes again…

Okay, so remember once upon a time I did a review on Chapstick True Shimmer and everyone was like, “OMG, these are the best things ever!”? Random: I just clicked on that review and WHOA I look like I different person. In a good way though. I think. LOL.

But I digress…

Well ladies and gents (Clumps men, where ya’ll at?) Chapstick has two new flavors.

Look!

In zee blue: Peppermint Rush
In zee purple: Blended Fruit Sherbet

Chapstick can really get you into some trouble with these delicious flavors. One minute you’re putting this stuff on your lips and the next thing you know you’re craving red velvet cake like mad.

Or maybe that’s just me. HA!

Look at the shimmery goodness…


Lusciously shiny and tasty. I love these more than the first two flavors I reviewed. The peppermint REALLY tastes like a peppermint. And the Blended Fruit Sherbet made me all nostalgic thinking about my Grandma in Miami who loooved to give us orange sherbet for dessert. Yummy!

Being the flavor mixtress that I am I had to..


Hehehe…deeelicious.

Oh and they look good too. You can snag these babies anywhere Chapstick products are sold.

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Lash Flirt mascara

I love mascara requests.

I mean….they literally light up my inbox. While quite a bit of you have been requesting throwback mascaras, this week I got a ton of requests for Rimmel’s newest. Which is interesting because I wasn’t even going to review it! But the people have spoken so here it is…..

Rimmel Glam’Eyes
Lash Flirt mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.29 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: Check out the packaging!


The truth:
Okay….so 80% is a dramatic claim but it ain’t too shabby.

What I loved about it: The wand is pretty amazing. The bristles are GREAT for separating. Especially if you have those crazy tangled lashes like I do. They are stiff and thin enough to get through the lashes. But I don’t like about the wand is that it is a little too “wobbly”. Flexible=good. Bo-yoing-yoing factor? Not so much? But it doesn’t cause TOO much of a problem.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked some more volume. Especially since that’s what the mascara said it’s going to do. To make up for the volume….I got insane length.

Overall: I reviewed the original Glam Eyes here. What I am finding with the Rimmel mascaras that I review is that they ALL give me what I’m NOT looking for. Which I suppose is better than it giving me nothing at all. This Lash Flirt is pretty darn good. It really gets your lashes out there and guess what? It’s build-able! Go ‘head and apply a 3rd coat. Or a 4th coat if you’re a rebel. You won’t get crazy ‘clumps of mascara’…haha. I did experience smudging (watch the video to see what I mean) but then again that could be my own clumsiness.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Look! Twins! Haha!

Would I recommend it?: Sure! Why not? Give it a whirl! Besides….the packaging is crazy cute.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,