Beauty Review: Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin’s Body Butter and Lotion


Yay to finally getting the chance to review products from a line that I’ve been eye-ing for quite some time. In this post I discussed Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin line and many of you were excited about it! I, too, get excited about brands made specifically for brown skin beauties….that’s a rarity, you know.

“So, B….tell me a little bit about this brand.”

So glad you asked!

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin is a unique collection of cleansers, toners and moisturizers designed to meet the special needs of skin of color. This includes a wide range of women of heritages including Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern and African-American, among many others. This over-the-counter collection was designed specifically to target a variety of brown skin specific issues such as sensitive skin, easily irritated reactive skin, blemishes, uneven skin tone and most importantly, hyperpigmentation –top concern for brown skin. (source)

My younger sister, Courtney, is a huge fan of the Bright & Healthy line: these products , formulated with Grape seed, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Glycerin is for normal, dry or sensitive brown skin. There is also the Bright & Clear for acne prone skin and the Bright & Even for dull mature or hyperpigmenting skin.

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin has recently (as of August 2008) launched their Body Collection and it is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Allow me to introduce to you the Skin-Evening Body Butter and Body Lotion:


Aside from smelling heavenly because of the vanilla citrus infusions, these babies are more than your average ash-bustin’ lotions. Combined, their ingredients do everything from repairing pigmented areas to locking in moisture for 24 hours to even inhibiting melanin formation so skin tone appears more even.

All of that in a body product? Yes ma’am…..and sir. I would imagine that you would have to use these products for a few months to see visible results, and let me assure you….that isn’t difficult at all. I LOVE the way they smell.

Both the lotion (left) and body butter (right) feel divine on the skin.


The butter, I find is great after a bath and before bed. It is wonderful for keeping the ash at bay during these harsh winter months. <--okay, not so harsh for this Floridian, but hey---I'm trying to relate with you snow birds. :) I can't get over the smell! It is rather intoxicating. Imagine a vanilla bean, orange peel and lime swimming together in a creamy butter pool. And it's a long lasting, but no over-powering scent. Look how "illuminated" my skin looks (click pic to enlarge).
The lotion and body butter contain teeny tiny glitter golden glitter stuffs that give a certain “glow” to my skin. Calm down…it’s not at all super noticeable.

I’m sold! The Skin Evening Body Butter retails for $27 (6.7 oz) and Body Lotion at $25 (8.5 oz). I can’t even pretend that those prices aren’t expensive. But consider how often you need to purchase lotion. I am almost positive that I can get a good 3 months out of these babies here. And besides, should you really put a price on healthy and beautiful skin?

I think not!

What do you think? Would you purchase these lotions? Or buy them for the pretty brown skinned lady in your life?

To my Brown, Black, Indian, Latina, and Asian fam…check out BrownSkin.net. I have had it bookmarked for months and it has been instrumental in keeping me cognizant about all things brown skin.

Stay beautiful!!

Tagged, mon!

I got tagged by one of my lovely blog sisters, Funky Blak Chik. I love this chick…she keeps me rollin’ over at Twitter and has a fab blog. Thanks for the tag, fam!

6 Random Facts About Moi

1.

I have never watched an episode of Sex in the City. *gasp* I know, I know. Actually, I haven’t watched a lot of popular shows: 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl…never watched any of them. And I’m not sure why. Hmmm..

2.

I’ve lost 17 lbs since July of this year! The “right” way….by working out and monitoring what I eat. 13 more pounds to go and I will be where I want to be. Stay tuned for Before and After pictures!

3.

I was in a bowling league when I was 5 years old. How random is that?

4.

I can not stand clutter. I mean, at all. Aside from being a neat freak…I don’t like having a TON of anything. Even 20 email messages in my inbox is too much for me. The only things that I have A LOT of are books, nail polishes and pictures.

5.

I love cheese. I mean I realllly love cheese. Feta, cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, brie, asiago, aged organic goat cheese, parmigiana, Gouda and of course cream cheese. I loooove them all!

6.

I just adore Christmas time. I go all out. From playing Christmas tunes to passing out Christmas cards, I spend the majority of November and December smiling for no real reason. Christmas lights, hot cocoa, watching The Christmas Story with the fam, and sucking on Spearmint flavored candy canes…..I just love it and can’t wait to pass down the joy AND purpose of Christmas to my babies. 😉

I’m tagging:
Browne Lovely
Luxe Tips
Secret Life of a Beauty Addict
Honey Brown Sugar
Diva 4 Less

And I’ll end this post with my FAVORITE Christmas song eveeeeer.

FOTD Friday: Clinique’s Holiday GWP


I’ve always been a Clinique skincare girl. But since getting into make-up (like a year ago, ha!) I never really looked twice at them for pretty lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes. I managed to scoop up a few of their eye pencils and maybe even a gloss here or there but I never had any crazy indulgences. It wasn’t until I heard about Nordstrom’s Trina Turk gift with purchase that made me want to scratch that Clinique itch a little more. I literally fleewww to Nordie’s here in Orlando.

Spend $25 and look at all of the fabulousness you get:

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1.7 oz.)
Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift Firming Cream (0.5 oz.)
Lash Doubling Mascara (0.14 oz.)
Long Last Lipstick in Blush Coral
Bamboo Pink glosswear
Color Surge eye shadow/duo
silver lipstick case

…..how I ended up with that extra lipstick, I don’t know. But you don’t hear me complaining!

What did I purchase to snag those goodies?

Quickliner for Eyes in Navy ($14.50)
Long Last glosswear in Mystic ($14.50)

The best lipgloss in the market, in my opinion? Clinique’s glosswear! Not lyin’. This is actually my third one and I LOVE the staying power of these babies here.

I know that many women of color may think that Clinique’s shadows and blushes are not brown girl friendly. I, too, thought the same thing for awhile so I thought I’d do a FOTD using all Clinique products to convince some of you, pretty people otherwise.

I decided to do a look using these shadows and blush.

I also used some of my other favorite Clinique products:

EYES:

Colour Surge eye shadow (lid)
Almost Peach eye shadow (as a highlight. My FAVORITE highlight of all time!)
Bewitched eye shadow (to deepen crease)
Brush-On Cream liner in Black
Quick Liner pencil in Navy
Lash Doubling mascara (this is a niiiice mascara, I approve!)

LIPS:
Clinique Twilight Nude lipstick
Clinique Mystic long last glosswear


…I went a little heavy on the blush so that it would show up on the camera. I am loooving this smooth matte pink.

Serious


Silly

…I was trying to hide my bra strap from the camera but got it on the other side. I am a mess, people.

So that’s that….I found that Clinique’s shadows were extremely workable. Were they pigmented? Absolutely! Especially that frosty gold. I think it works well on the brown skin. What say you, beautiful people?

If there has ever been a time that you wanted to play around with Clinique’s…now is the time! Head on over to your nearest Nordstrom’s stat!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: N.Y.C. Chroma Face Glow


Lately I’ve been all over highlighters. For the longest I didn’t even know what a “highlighter” was. I would constantly annoy fellow beauty blogger/buddy Kia with the “What’s a highlighter again?” question.

I get it! Highlighters add a little “pop” to the cheeks. More specifically, N.Y.C. New York Color says that their Chroma Face glow is a “luxurious velvet-soft powder with a metallic finish that smoothes on to highlight cheeks, brows, chin and forehead”. This product comes from the Metro Metals collection. Ohhh, loves the name!

I have been finding myself rocking N.Y.C.’s Chroma Face glow in Sunset just about every day. I love how it gives me a touch of definition without adding a bunch of heavy make-up on my face. I can wear this over concealer for a flawless look! I don’t even feel like I have to wear blush! Which is shocking since I have this crazy love affair with blush. Look at the marbleized goodness…

Here I am wearing it as a highlighter…


And the best part?

It’s only $4.99. *does the bankhead bounce* Aww yeah….that’s ridiculously affordable! And I give the staying power a thumbs up too. N.Y.C. has been impressing me a lot lately. Have you tried this product? Interested in trying? I think you should….run to your local Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS or Longs, like….now. I would say that this product is a fantastic dupe to MAC’s MSFs…..which will run you $25.

Stay beautiful, fam!

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Queen’s Natural Hue Minerals

There is a reason why I don’t do much discussion on foundations/face powders here at Clumps of Mascara.

I don’t wear them. I have no REAL reason for not wearing them. I just don’t.

Recently, I had the opportunity to test drive CoverGirl Queen Collection’s Natural Hue Mineral pressed powder and bronzer. This of course, had me excited because I had high hopes for the popular drugstore cosmetic line made just for women of color!

First up to bat…..the pressed powder.

What It Says
“Mineral enriched formula controls shine 30% better than the leading pressed powder. Provides natural, even coverage that lasts for hours.”

Wow, I concur. This powder is pretty excellent. For one…look how it blends beautifully with my complexion.


Where the little white sponge ends is where I “marked” my face with the powder. You can’t even see it! Which is beautiful because ain’t nothin’ worse than not having a face powder match your complexion. My color for the powder is Ebony Bronze 1.

Here’s how it looks all over.


I am beyond impressed! I found that that the powder was long-lasting and light on my face. The latter is extremely important to me. If I product feels too “heavy”, I just can’t wear it for fear that it will break me out. And I know that using a sponge to apply powders isn’t the best thing but I only used it once. See…..I know. *big grin*

Next up, we have the Bronzer, also in Ebony Bronze.

What It Says
“Get a sun kissed glow without the shine. Mineral enriched formula pampers skin and controls shine.”

I didn’t see much purpose for the bronzer. First of all, it was a little too glittery for my liking. And just a tad bit too dark. When I think of a bronzer of think of a gold-ish color. And I’m not sure I like the application of this baby here too. It took a ton of swipes before I could load it up effectively on my brush.


And even then….I didn’t feel like it complimented my skin well….can you see it?


I would much prefer a highlight than this dark bronzer here.

The final look:

The coverage is fantastic and I don’t even look like I’m wearing make-up which is a huge plus for me. Overall, I absolutely loooove the look and feel of the Natural Hue Minerals Pressed Powder. The bronzer? Not so much as I think I have a ton of great highlighters/blushes that can compliment my skin better. But I am impressed nonetheless and a little upset at myself for not dabbling in these products sooner. Have any of you tried these products?

Tell me what you think!

Stay beautiful!

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Happy Monday, family!!

Ahhhh, the year is passing us by, uh? I could have sworn I was juuust making my way to Long Beach in California early February. But I’m not complaining because I am one of those annoyingly happy people during the holidays. I adore Christmas time and was ecstatic to hear Christmas music as I was strolling through Sephora on Saturday. It will only be a matter of time until I start getting my Christmas tree together. Yessss!

Okay–back to business. This was a reader requested mascara. I received several emails about this mascara waaay before I even saw it in stores. And then I saw the display featuring the omnipresent Rihanna. I swear that chick seems to be everywhere. Did this mascara live up claim of brightening the eyes? Hmmm….

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Price: 5 out of 5 ($6.00 from CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 1 out of 5

What it claims: “The unique eye brightening formula combined with the patented No Clump brush technology brings out the color of your eyes and gives you gorgeous clump-free lashes.”

The truth: Wait, what? I’m looking for my eyes to be brighter? What the….is there a mini flashlight in the mascara tube or something? I don’t get it.

What I loved about it: Uh….I love how the tube is white and then fades out into a gray and then black. Seriously the only good thing about this mascara.

What I didn’t like: Gee, where to start…..okay, here’s the wand.

Not bad but not spectacular either. I didn’t like how the “hairs” of the wand weren’t elongated all the way out. You see how they start small and then get bigger? Well, what sense does that make, CoverGirl? How am I going to get the inner lashes? Yikes!

Overall: I don’t really know what CoverGirl’s motive was for this mascara. Some promise length. Others promise curl. And then some promise clump free separation, volume, long lasting wear, etc. But how many people have actually said, “Gosh, I wish my brown eyes looked brighter!” *looks around* One would assume that if for whatever you reason you wanted your eyes to appear “brighter” then you would perhaps play in around in eye make-up that compliments your eye color, right? CoverGirl has tried to be innovative and failed, in my opinion. This mascara does nothing. See for yourself…

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



The length isn’t bad but that’s not what I l’m looking for. Do my eyes appear brighter to you, folx? No. I was extremely frustrated with this claim not delivering. And while the mascara itself didn’t clump on me, I experienced terrible fall-out in my eyes. Each day that I wore it, I had eye irritation allll day. Not good. And then I figured out why. Look closely at this picture and enlarge if you have to.

The mascara apparently has little glitterly flecks that are supposed to “illuminate” your eyes. I get it! But nope, take it back to the chopping block, CoverGirl. These little flecks are irritaters (made that word up) that should not be in a product that goes so close to the eye. That’s a no-no. And I’m sure it would be far worse if I were a contact wearer. Not a good idea.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s very safe for the eye. I mean, at all…plus it doesn’t do anything. Definitely not a fan of this mascara.

*wipes brow* I’m trashing this baby here. So what do you think? Has anyone else tried this mascara? I hate to give such a not-good report but I must keep it real with yall. Still interested in testing out this mascara? What say you?

CoM TV featuring B…..haha, that rhymes!
*crickets* Oh….never mind


Click the link to visit video review:


CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Sista Show Off: Nail Polish Blogs


It’s no surprise that I have a slight obsession with nail polish. I always manage to slide in a NOTD (nail of the day) or drop the skinny on nail polish collections that catch my eye. Perhaps nail polish and designs are more attractive to me because of the boredom I have been feeling with make-up collections lately. My “slight obsession” with polish is virtually a lifestyle for some ladies out in the blogosphere. Just when I thought that beauty bloggin’ was where it’s at I stumbled across some fantabulous nail polish blogs. “Oh! Em! Gee!” Check out my favorites!

Scrangie


I looove Scrangie’s blog. Just the other day I spent about an hour looking at her archived posts and kept “Ohh-ing” and “Ahh-ing” at everything. Scrangie keeps you up to date with all things nail-related. Designs, looks, newly released collections, colors, finishes, requests? The good ole’ Scrange has it all. Warning…spend more than 5 minutes on her site and you will be coveting quite a bit.

The Nailphile


Talk about crazy close-ups and beautiful nail beds. In my dreams, I would be able to sport nails this long. The Nailphile is one of my favorite nail blogs because I just love the intensity of the colors she swatches. Just beautiful!


The Polish Addict

More beautiful swatches and fabulous designs! Can’t get enough of this site. I blame her for cyber-making me order that bulk of Misa polishes. And she endorses Obama? Heyyyy!!!

I have these blogs and more in my Google Reader. I’ve been running into so many great nail blogs that I’ve created a blog roll over there to the left of my page.

Check out the looks I’ve been sporting lately…

NYC’s Moten Metal
DESIGN: O.P.I.’s Take Me to the Taj Mahal
and Sally Hansen’s Alchemy

O.P.I’s That’s Berry Daring some
DESIGN: random black and white polishes

O.P.I’s Take Me To the Taj Mahal

I’m finding myself incorporating some funky design to each look I do. While I am currently rocking the latter I can not WAIT until my order of Zoya polishes from the Flourish Winter 08 collection come in. Formaldehyde and DPB free polishes? Yea mon!

Polish pretty!

….and while I’ve officially endorsed Barack Obama a loooong time ago I can’t express to you, my blog family, how excited/nervous/scared/thrilled/proud I am about today. I doubt I will get a wink of sleep tonight. We are watching history and I’m glad to have been able to experience some of it through Clumps of Mascara. Thank you to my readers, fellow bloggers and all of those beauty companiesgetting folx to vote. This election has been more than politics for me. This is a dream that I hope will become reality tomorrow. Enough of the yadda yah! I’ve Ba’Racked the vote and leavin’ the rest up to God.

My Election Day 2008 Reflections Video:


Stay beautiful, fam!!

Mascara Monday: Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara

Happy Monday, fam! I spent the weekend in Tallahassee visiting friends and family and having a good time for Florida A&M University’s Homecoming. My sister wanted me to incorporate her in this week’s Mascara Review soooo…..I did. Check out what we thought about….

Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes
mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27..can’t even lie. This is TOO much money for a mascara)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara perfectly curls and separates lashes. It has a high-tech, patented round sphere at the tip of the precision wand that reaches every lash and adapts to all eye shapes. It’s a Sephora exclusive.” (source)

The truth: Wow, wow, and wow again! This claim is without a doubt…TRUE! Imagine that, kids!

What I loved about it: Well, the wand-ball thingie is amazing! Seriously. I didn’t want this mascara for awhile because I was hesitant about spending THIS much money on one. But, I got it as a gift and was doing cartwheels at first glance of the dagger-like wand.

What I didn’t like: The formula isn’t the BEST. Granted I was too obsessed with the wand to realize this for awhile but once after a week of testing this mascara, I just wasn’t impressed with its formula performance.

Overall: I gave this mascara 4 out of 5 stars for the wand alone! I can’t express to you how amazing it is! It would have given it a 5 if the mascara itself was hot stuff. But unfortunately, it wasn’t. It’s pretty smeary and has this gel-like consistency once applied on the lashes. It does an GREAT job at giving you volume but that volume seems to disappear throughout the day. The wand is successful at separating. I wish Max Factor Volume Couture mascara had a wand like this!! While I can appreciate its black intensity, I can’t get over how nasty looking it becomes if you were to gently rub your eyes. Yall know I love to play around and be dramatic but I promise you I did NOT purposely jack up Sister Clump’s eye on on this one. Check out Courtney’s lashes after she rubbed her eyes a good 10 minutes after I applied the mascara.


Yikes! Try again Givenchy….a huge thumbs up for the idea, but head back to the lab with the formula.

Would I recommend it: For fun, yes…but you can’t take it seriously.

CoM TV’s video review! Click the link to visit.



Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara


So what do you think? Have you tried this mascara? Interested? Thinkin’ about passing on it? Hmm….

Have a wonderful Monday!!