Got tired eyes? Yeah well, join the club. Let’s fix ‘em together!

“Relax.” they say. “Get some time to yourself.” they utter. Hmph. Whatever. My darling child is a special gift and I love her more than life itself but babies are some selfish creatures, man. They don’t give a darn about your beauty blogging schedule. Which is why it has taken me so long to review this amazing Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo from Le Metier de Beaute. I got a pair for review awhile back and I just got around to trying them out.

Le Metier de Beaute Hydrating Mask Duo

First of all, LMdB is a luxury brand. You know this, right? I’ve reviewed the brand several times before and their products are far from cheap. But if you’re ever in the mood to treat yourself to something cosmetically decadent, well then, I’m suggesting LMdB. This eye mask duo is wooooonderful.

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I mean, I knew they’d probably feel nice but no, they REALLY feel nice. According to LMdB these single-use translucent seaweed-based masks have several things they’ll do for the skin under the eyes. Aaaand, here’s a list…

-They instantly cool on contact.
-They re-energize the area under the eyes.
-They reduce under eye redness.
-They diminish puffiness and the look of dark circles.
-They automatically pay back your student loans.

…nah, I’m just kidding about that last part. Just making sure you were paying attention. Ha! But seriously, they are some kind of awesome. I like that you don’t have to lay down while wearing them. And they really do create a second skin.

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Yes, girl. They feel just marvelouuuus! I am a believer. And I wish these were waiting for me each and every night. Hey! A girl can dream, right?

Price: $150 for a pair of 8
Availability: You can get them from Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
Is it worth the money?: I’m not sure they sell these individually (bummer) and a box is so expensive each time you needed the under-eye pampering. They’re worth the price but I’m sure there are other ways you can pamper yourself.

Do you take care of the skin under your eyes? You can be honest… Okay, I’ll start. I don’t but will dedicate more time to doing so.

Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

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Where are my Mary Kay girls at? This is a highly requested mascara and I am so sorry that I am just now getting the opportunity to review it. I received this mascara for review and even before then so many of my gal pals were telling me how awesome this mascara is how it’s a travesty that I haven’t reviewed it yet. I know, I know. Well, here we goooo!

Price: $15 from MaryKay.com and from a Mary Kay consultant
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Love your lashes with the mascara that defines, defends and delivers four times the volume while looking naturally flawless, soft and healthy. The flexible, sculpted brush separates and coats lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I found the volume to be just okay, but the length was niiiiice.

What I Loved About It: Um yeah. The length.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a wee bit smudge-y for my liking.

Overall: I don’t try many Mary Kay products. Mainly because I kinda forget about the brand since they aren’t sold at Sephora, department stores or the drugstores. I know. Bad B. I should really be more hip to Mary Kay products because they really have some pretty awesome things. This mascara isn’t bad at all. In fact, I found myself wearing it weeks after I reviewed it. And that never happens.

I think most of the reason why it’s so awesome is because of the wand.

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Even if you hate plastic wands, you HAVE to like this one. It’s got those nice and stiff bristles that are great at catching each and every lash. Crazy and wonky lashes like mine don’t stand a chance against this kind of wand. I loved how it combed straight through my lashes and helped elongate the lashes.

Volume-wise, I didn’t get much plumping but I think the wand is made more for lengthening than for volumizing. And I’m okay with that since the lengthening action was decent. The downfall to this mascara? I found it smudged a bit throughout the day. A top coat mascara like Anastasia Lash Genius should set it straight though. Otherwise, it’s  a decent mascara. The formula was easy to work with and I didn’t experience any clumps. So yeah, the smudging sucks but the mascara is still worth a try.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

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Do I recommend it?: If you’re a Mary Kay fan and/or really want to try a good lengthening mascara, I say give this one a whirl.

 

Any Mary Kay girls in the house? What do you think about this mascara?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 87

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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!

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars are my favorite posts. This week’s war is all about facial masks. Was your favorite a winner or did it get defeated?

Lipglossiping – wants to know all about the last foundation you fell in love with. Come on over and share your sweet story of faux-skin perfection!

My Beauty Bunny – When the days heat up, many automatically reach for the lip-gloss. This summer, go the nontraditional route with a matte pout! Check out our round up of the best on the market; Matte Lips Make a Cruelty-Free Splash.

Nouveau Cheap – reviews the new Revlon Lash Potion Mascara and has a tip for you, in case you’re thinking about giving it a shot.

Pink Sith – is giving away some very cute and colorful Tweezerman Tweezers and Unbreakable Mirrors just in time for Spring!

Prime Beauty – has curated a selection of 6 feminine and sophisticated fragrances complete with elegant falcons perfect for Mother’s Day. She’s even giving one away! You’re welcome.

Phyrra – shares her Mother’s Day Gift Guide. You’ll want it all for yourself!

Vampy Varnish – likes that the new Orly Mash Up collection for summer 2013 is literally a mash up of colors and finishes!

we heart this – Ahoy! We be giving away a BPAL Port Royal soap and Jolly Roger perfume oil to one of you landlubbers who stops by…

Beauty Junkies Unite – If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the L’Oreal Miss Candy Collection! Don’t have a sweet tooth? You just might after this review!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away a $125 gift card and a ton of Eucerin goodies for an at-home spa experience!

EauMG – has paired perfumes with popular women’s fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013! It’s also EauMG’s 5 year blog anniversary! So, don’t forget to join in the celebration and enter the giveaways!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love Hair Romance. Although I don’t know Christina, her blog is one of my all time favorites. Almost everything I’ve learned about long hair styling (in the one year I’ve had hair long enough to work with), I’ve learned from her. Did I mention I like this blog?

Question of the Week:

When it comes to lipstick, what’s your go-to finish
(shimmer, creme, satin, matte, etc.) and why are you drawn to that particular finish?

B says, “I’m a creme girl. They happen to be the most moisturizing and easiest to apply in a pinch. If I have time, I’ll mess around with mattes and shimmers are okay but I don’t wear them often.”

What’s your favorite kind of lippie finish?

 

 

Win Pro Passes to PHAMExpo in Pasadena, CA!

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Oooooh, beauty lovers in Cali and surrounding areas…wanna go to an awesome beauty trade show? Of course you do! PHAMExpo is the newest beauty convention to hit the streets and having glanced at some of the exhibitors that will be there I’m just a wee bit jealous that I can’t attend. Not this year, at least. But you can!

Typically shows like these are just for beauty professionals but the tickets that I’m giving away are for everyone. Woo hoo! It’s a sweet deal because a 1 day ticket will cost you $60. And that doesn’t even include pro admission. So yes, girlfriend…if you win these pair of tickets you’ll be winning gold!

Think you’ll be in the Pasadena area during June 29th and June 30th? Enter!!

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Pretty Polishes: butter LONDON for Goop.com

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It’s been a quick lil’ minute since butter LONDON has popped up on Clumps of Mascara. But don’t think it’s because I’ve fallen out of love with the brand. Because I haven’t. I am still ever so obsessed with bL’s. Yep. I still hoard them and place them on the “elite nail polish rack”. I was recently sent these little darlings and of course I couldn’t wait to share them with y’all.

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Tea & Toast is the perfect name for this polish! I’m not sure I like how this peanut buttery of a shade looks on me but it’s the closest polish I’ve ever come across that goes with the “mannequin nails” look.

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Big Smoke is a metallic navy blue with tons of personality. Outside of blueberry creme shades, this is my second favorite kind of blue polish to wear. It is flattering on just about everyone.

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Thames has been a part of my collection for quite some time and seeing her again reminded me why I fell in love with her in the first place. She is definitely the green version of HRH but more than anything she’s an emerald green. She’s this year’s color of the year and if you don’t have any emerald green polishes yet, you may want to consider getting this one.

These babies can be scooped up at butterLONDON.com but they are also sold as trios on Goop.com for $40. That’s a steal! If you’ve been itchin’ to get that bL fix under control, I’d hop on over to Goop.

Whatcha think? How do you feel about Tea & Toast on my complexion? Yay or nay?

My Eucerin’s Skin Hydration Par-tay + A Crazy Awesome Giveaway!

So y’all know how much  I love Eucerin, right? Last year I did like a gajillion posts on their products. Including that body wash that helped get rid of eczema. As a Eucerin ambassador I’ll be doing a ton of features the cool stuffs they’ve got.

A few weekends ago, my gal pal D came over and we plunged into a box of Eucerin goodies that was sent to me.

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We acted like children. I mean, it was insane. We dug into the box and chit chatted over the products. Eucerin also sent us a wonderful face scrub and eye soothers but we both had our little babes with us and uh, yeah…there’s no relaxing with a 3-month old and 16-month old in the house. But we had a good time anyway.

D was in love with the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. She didn’t even know Eucerin made cleansers. Say whaaaat! I had to school her on the awesomeness of Eucerin’s moisturizers AND cleansers. And then we both got schooled when we tried to figure out which moisturizers would best suit our needs.

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Eucerin has a darling little system that can assist with this. Have you ever noticed the little teardrop at the bottom of their bottles?

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These indicators are great at helping you decide what kind of moisturizer you need. I pretty much always need “Rich” and I’m okay with that. Yours truly was born with crazy dry skin.

Stay tuned for more of these Eucerin posts. I’ve got so much to share! You can also visit Eucerin on Facebook and check out their Eucerin Skin Solution Center. Especially if you need some product recommendations for keeping that skin of yours hydrated.

Eucerin Skin Hydration & In-Home Spa Giveaway

Thanks to Eucerin, I’ll be gifting one lucky guy or gal with a wonderful in-home skin hydration gift pack. What comes in this pack, you ask? It includes a ton of Eucerin products, cucumber eye pads to help soothe those eyes, a face mask, a $125 Visa gift card aaaaand a $15 iTunes gift card! Not too shabby, uh? Ready to enter?

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Eucerin Skin First Network. I received these products and a gift card but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Makeup Wars: Our Favorite Masks

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I’m not even gonna sit here and front, y’all. I haven’t used a mask in months. I simply don’t have the time for such pampering. *le sigh* Now it’s like “Hmm…should I put on a mask or try to bathe?” Ha! But back in the day when I was a child-free woman, I indulged in masks regularly. At least once a week! My Makeup Wars sisters and I are back to share with you some of our favorite masks. I’ll be highlighting 4 of my faves.

I mean, I could very well highlight 10 but I don’t want to overwhelm you. And these aren’t in any kind of order. First up is…

 

MaskerAide’s Sheet Masks

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Words can’t explain how much I love a good sheet masks. These babies feel cool the entire time you wear them and they are super hydrating for the skin. Plus, who doesn’t want to walk around looking like Michael Myers? Ha! Oh! And they’re vegan and fragrance-free too. Y’all know how much I LOVE fragrance-free skincare products.

 

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask 

 

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I’m a child at heart so I love beauty products that look like dirt. And tar. It’s a pricey mask but migoodness, I love everything about this one. It takes awhile to dry once it does you are left with beautiful and glowing skin!

 

Bliss Rubberizing Mask

 

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Have a good  hour on your hands? Okay, I’m kidding. It doesn’t take that long to mix this mask up but it does take some time. And if you got it then you’ll really like this mask. It is definitely all science project-y and that’s what I like about it. Plus it’s a mask that feels like…rubber. I mean, come on! How fun is that? Is it effective though? It does clean the skin nicely but the real fun comes in mixing it up and applying it to the face.

 

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask

 

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Aaaand, this, ladies and gentlemen, is one of my FAVORITE masks of all time. When my skin is in need of some serious repairing, this is the mask that I turn to. I’m all for getting facials regularly but since all of us aren’t able to do so, this is the mask that will leave you feeling like you truly pampered your skin.

Not pictured but a mask that I’m always usin’ is the always faithful brown sugar and jojoba mask that I whip up in my kitchen.

Check out my fellow Makeup Wars sisters to see what kind of masks they’re lovin’….