Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 9 months old

Elle is 9 months old!

Dear Elle,

I think this month you have made the most obvious changes. I mean, WOW! You are sprouting into a toddler right before our very eyes. I used to be this Mom that was so concerned about the things that you weren’t doing. You weren’t crawling. You weren’t interested in food. You didn’t have any teeth. You weren’t interested in walking. The books said you should have weighed “this much” by “this time”. My friends’ babies were doing it. But you weren’t.

But I’ve learned to trust you. And to trust DaDa and myself. In a sense, I’m lucky. You get to be my baby longer. I get to enjoy giving you a bottle. I get to hold you in my arms and keep you safer for longer. I can still give you baths in the sink! But this month, oh this month, you are changing. And everything that I was so concerned about…you’re doing.

Crawling baby

Wanna know your biggest milestone? You’re communicating with us! You wave when someone says “Hi”. You even say “Hi!” You light up when Daddy walks in a room. When you’re in your high chair and you can’t see me you call for me. You say “Mu Mu” or “Muh”. When you’re done with your bottle, you turn your head away. When you want to get picked up, you reach up. Sometimes you’ll sign for milk if you’re in the mood. You say Bye Bye when Gam waves to you over FaceTime. You are doing such an amazing job at letting us know what you want. Which is great! You’ve always been such an easy baby to read but it’s exciting knowing that crying isn’t your only way of letting us know what you want.

Baby Steps

I’ve read that some babies skip crawling and go straight to walking. I think that’s you. You know how to crawl but you prefer to scoot. And you prefer pulling yourself up over scooting. You really want to walk. You get so excited when you’re on your feet. You’ve mastered standing and balancing yourself with only one hand. You go from a crawling position to a sitting position within a second. You’re so good at it!

Happy baby

You’re also and…can Mama be honest? Sometimes you can be a bit of a handful. Some days you just don’t want to be bothered with anything. The little things set you off. Changing your diaper. Combing your hair. Wiping your nose. Sitting in your car seat. For the first time in your whole life, you’ve had moments where you are just inconsolable. Which breaks my heart but I know you’re going through some growing pains.

In the past few weeks I have made the decision to stop sharing so many of your pictures online. In fact, these monthly posts will be the only place where I will share your pictures. No more cute pics of you all over Facebook and Instagram. I’ve become selfish. You are MY baby. I don’t want so many strangers knowing how cute you are when you eat. I don’t want everyone to see the layout of your new nursery. You deserve a level of privacy. You deserve a close-knit circle of friends and family members who have your best interest in mind. I don’t want to let so many in. Yes, you’re cute and adorable but the world doesn’t need to see that.

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The post would be as longer as your other posts, but let’s be honest…mama began drafting it too late and now I’ve completely forgotten about the milestones that happened this month. And now I’m confused with what you did at 9 months and what you started doing at 10 months. Silly mama.

The good news is that we have a ton of pictures and videos to show so hey, I’m not mad….

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Love you,

Mama

Just In Time For The Holidays…Free Store Pickup!

Kmart Free Store Pickup

This sponsored post is brought to you by Mami Innovative Media and this is it, y’all. This is my first year doing some serious holiday shopping. Yes, I know my wee babe is not even a year old yet but this this year will determine how well I do next year and the year after. I’ve got a game plan, I’ve saved my pennies and I’m ready to treat my girl with toys that she doesn’t need. Yes, I’ve fallen victim to commercialism. So sue me! You don’t know joy until you see my girl’s eyes light up when she gets fascinated by a toy.

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So while I don’t plan on going in debt getting her some treats, I do intend on making this year go as smoothly as possible. Which is why I plan on using free store pickup. Both Sears and Kmart offer this and it just blows my mind. You mean, all I have to do is buy online and just go to the store and pick it up? No fighting Grannies over the last block set? No standing in crazy long lines? This is the life, y’all. This is how shopping is meant to be and I’m ecstatic over it!

And now I can spend more time decorating the halls with boughs of holly. :cool:

Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one excited about this… I mean, you do plan on gettin’ some free store pickup in your life, don’t you?

Disclosure: “Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.”

Makeup Wars: All I Want This Holiday Season Is…well, here’s a list!

Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlist

ZOMG! The holidays are a comin’ and while I am so not ready for them (I’m far too stressed these days to really enjoy ‘em!), they’re comin’ anyway. I’m not gonna lie – I kinda miss the days of being able to give my parents a list of things that I wanted and actually getting those gifts. Welp. Those days are over. Ha! The married with kid life means if I want something, I need to save up and get it myself!

But ain’t nothin’ wrong with wishin’. And for this Makeup Wars post my girls and I are sharing our holiday wishlists.

Vitamix

I want a Vitamix blender sooooo badly. And I’ll never buy it myself because as much as I want it, I could think of so many other things I could buy with that money. But man – the things I would make if a had a Vitamix. The soups I brew, the smoothies I would…smoothe. I could do it all.

Naomi Afro Manikin

Look. I have a daughter. And I’m a Black girl. And I DON’T know how to cornrow. This does not bode well as taking care of naturally thick hair requires skill. With this manikin I could practice braiding and cornrowing so that by the time my girl gets too old for afro puffs, I’ll be able to put some adorable rows in her hurr (picture source).

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Clarisonic Aria

Yeeeep. The Aria has been out for over a year and I still want it. And  there’s an Aria with a Josie Maran Set. They combined 2 of my favorite loves. *squeals* I’d also take Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation Set. Or both. Whatever.

Formula X for Sephora nail polishes

I want them all. I don’t need EVERY shade. But I at least need 10. Or 20. I’ve heard so many great things about this brand. Word on the beauty blogger street is that Formula X for Sephora nail polishes give you complete coverage with only one coat. Say whaaaat?

Reusable Rainbow Snack Bags

I’m a grazer and eat a lot of snacks throughout the day. I have a few reusable snack bags but I want more. Plus I love supporting work from home mamas!

Jewelry Holder

Also on Etsy is this gorgeous jewelry holder that I’ve been meaning to buy myself. It holds everything in ONE place.This organizer would make getting ready in the morning so much easier.

Wool Dryer balls

Y’all know I’m a hippie so this really shouldn’t even come as a surprise. I already use some wool dryer balls but I hear that having even more is better. These things are great! They really do fluff up towels and cloth diaper inserts aaaaand you don’t have to run the dryer as long. I haven’t used dryer sheets in years so the wool dryer balls are a great alternative.

Boscia Mask Medley

I’ve reviewed Boscia’s masks before but I need to re-up STAT. I had no idea that they had all 3 of their masks in one nice little set. So sweet of them to think of me like that.

Mason Jars

Doesn’t matter the size. Or the color. I want more! I use my mason jars for everything but I’m noticing that I’m running out. So…I need more!

Repayment of my student loans

No explanation needed. A wishlist is a wishlist, right? :tongue:

Mascara Monday: POP Beauty No Clump Comb mascara

I’m trying to stay active with doing Mascara Monday posts because they are the real bread and buttah at Clumps of Mascara. Plus I feel so bad when I get emails from y’all that are like “I was soooo looking forward to a mascara review today. My life is now ruined because you didn’t post one. Gahhhh!!!”

Okay, they are never that dramatic but I still feel bad. I’m going to try crazy hard to keep cranking them out but do know that the blog may be running slowly in the next few weeks as I adjust to this new job. Oh yeah, and the holidays. .

What I definitely didn’t have to adjust to though, is POP Beauty’s No Clump Comb mascara. Just wait until you see the awesomeness that is the wand of this mascara. Just wait…

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*squeals*

POPBeauty  POP Beauty No Clump Comb mascara wand
Price: $18.50 from Beauty.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Dramatically unique mascara for no clump application! Fine-toothed comb separates & extends individual lashes, leaving them inked out, volumized and curled. No-smudge, waterproof formula keeps lashes curled & gives this master mascara a 12h+ lash-life” (source)

The Truth: I heard birds singing.

What I Loved About It: The wand! Ooooh, the wand!

What I Didn’t Like: My lashes didn’t thicken up much with this but still…the wand!

Overall: I didn’t know much about this mascara before I tried it. I’ve heard of the brand POP Beauty but I hadn’t heard much about their mascaras. And then I received a sample of this in the mail. The packing was so so. The name didn’t make me want to do cartwheels and so I tossed it to the side for a few moons.

And then something told me to pick it up. And thats when I saw this…

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Do you see that wand?! Do you see that? Look at it! It’s reminiscent of Maybelline’s Lash Stylist wand…one of my favorite mascaras ever! I reviewed that mascara sooooo long ago and it’s been a minute since I’ve thought about it. I don’t know why so many brands got rid of the beloved lash comb style wand but I’ve always liked them. Especially since I have crazy wonky and crazy lashes. Lash combs breeze right through my lashes and make everything better. They’re wonderful!

And it doesn’t matter if they don’t provide a ton of volume. It’s the combing through the lashes that really makes me jump for joy. So yes! I am so excited about this mascara. Did it provide added length and volume? No, not really. But did it comb my lashes to perfection and prep them to be mascara’d up by a mascara with a plush brush? YES!

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats

 

Clump Comb mascara

Do I recommend it?: If you’re big on trying to get those lashes straight, you’ll love this mascara. Do know that you’ll probably have to follow up with your favorite volumizing mascara to get some extra umph!

Any other lash comb lovers out there? Where ya at? Come shout and jump for joy with me!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 111

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

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!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Aprill from Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is a prolific writer. She has everything from nails to cosmetics to style and fragrance. In a recent article she shares some tips on how to prepare your skin for the winter, AND she is giving you a chance to win a $50 Visa Giftcard, plus some Aquaphor Healing Ointment! How fab is that?

 

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite BB cream? If you don’t have
one, what’s your current favorite foundation?

B says, “IMAN Cosmetics’ BB cream is pretty awesome. Mainly because it has shades for us brown girls. I certainly don’t wear it as often as I should but maybe I should it..

What’s your favorite BB cream?

See you next week!

Giveaway – Win Biotera’s Long & Healthy System!

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This giveaway is brought to you by a Rafflecopter giveaway” target=”_blank”>BeautyStat.com! I’ve actually had my eyes on Biotera for a hot little minute so I am so glad that I get the opportunity to gift one lucky winner with the entire Long & Healthy System! The holidays are here! But don’t let the less-than-stellar condition of your hair prevent you from looking your best! Whether your hair is long and unmanageable or hard-to-grow, The NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System will get your hair back into shape — ready to sport the most trendy holiday ‘do. The new formulas found in the Long & Healthy System are part of the Naturelle Biotera line (a division of Zotos Professional), which harnesses salon-quality botanical ingredients that marries nature and science to protect, strengthen and moisturize your hair. Fueled by powerful super fruits, like pomegranate and acai berry, the Long & Healthy System intensely hydrates, strengthens and protects hard-to-grow hair against breakage, split ends, damage and color fading. What’s even more remarkable about this system is that it’s designed to make hair longer and 6X stronger*! All products in the Long & Healthy System are fortified with Tri-Soy Complex, Biotera’s new signature ingredient. This scientifically-advanced complex is made up of antioxidant-rich soy oil, soy protein and soya lecithin for exceptional protection, strength and moisture.

1 lucky person will WIN the entire Long & Healthy System ($36.00 value)!!!

 

 

Congratulations to Ylissa of California!
Comments in this post are closed but if you have any questions
regarding this giveaway, email me at brittany@clumpsofmascara.com.

 

This giveaway was provided by BeautyStat.com.

 

POPSUGAR’s Holiday Gift Guide Show!

So POPSUGAR’s Gift Guide Show is a pretty big deal and this is my first time hearing about it. Don’t you hate when you’re the last one at the party? Well, whatever…I’m going to be there this year with bells on! Well, if I can. It’s kinda during my work day so I don’t know what the new coworkers will think about be ooh’ing and ahh’ing while I’m supposed to be working. Yeah. You know how it is.

Popsugar Holiday Gift Guide

The show will already be a blast to watch but POPSUGAR will also be giving away some of the things on their list too. *squeals* I hope you can make it!

For more information about this show visit here.

4 Reasons to Regularly Get Your Teeth Cleaned

This post is brought to you by Periodontist Dr. Joseph Zelig. Thinking of skipping another regularly scheduled dental cleaning? Think again.Poor oral hygiene can lead to more than just cavities and bad breath. Here are four reasons to keep getting regular teeth cleanings and checkups from your dentist.

Detect Dental Problems Early

As with every aspect of health, early detection is key in treatment. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will probably check the health of your gums, as well as check your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Your dentist will also examine your face, bite, saliva and the movement of your lower jaw joints. Your dentist will be able to easily detect any cavities, broken fillings or gum disease—and early detections are key for effective treatment.

Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is caused by the presence of plaque. Plaque is that colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth, as you probably know. What you may not know is that the bacteria in plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation, leading to gingivitis. Additionally, if plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar and becomes increasingly difficult to remove. Regular dental cleanings remove any tartar buildup, preventing inflammation as well as preventing the gum tissues from being destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease to follow. If most problems go untreated, gum surgery, removal of teeth, and root canals become the only options available. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to heart attacks and strokes recently, so healthy gums and teeth could possibly reduce your risk.

Have a Healthy, Bright, White Smile

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, so regular checkups and cleaning will help you hold on to your teeth as long as possible. Missing teeth are unsightly, and getting fake teeth, crowns or veneers is expensive and inconvenient. Additionally, your dentist can remove tobacco, tea, coffee and other stains from food or the like. Your dentist will also polish your teeth as part of a regular cleaning.

Use Your Dental Insurance Plan

If you have a dental insurance plan, it will usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. It is wise to take advantage of this, as regular checkups and a good bill of oral health prevent costly dental procedures for complicated problems down the road. If your dentist diagnoses any problems in your mouth, he or she will devise a treatment plan that will detail the costs of each required procedure and you will be able to discuss financial arrangements. The overall health benefits from regular teeth cleanings should be enough to convince you to keep up the habit. Additionally, dental studies show that about 85% of people with halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame, so good oral hygiene is essential for fresh breath. To make sure that you are keeping up with good oral hygiene, you better not skip that regularly scheduled cleaning!

About the author:
Dr. Joseph Zelig, D.D.S., is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. A practicing periodontist, speaker and educator, Dr. Zelig is currently practicing at Smile in the City located in Manhattan, New York.