Brown Girl Beauty: COVERGIRL Queen’s Matte Pressed Powders rock!

Guess what? My skin is doing halfway decent. I haven’t had a breakout in months, my dark spots are disappearing (remind me to tell you about this dark spot remover I’m using) and I can’t remember the last time I had a pimple. Of course, by the time you read this post, my skin may have turned against me. It’s happened before. I give it praises and then it attacks me.

Ugh.

But yeah – I’m taking advantage of my skin’s good behavior and I’ve been dabbling around with some of COVERGIRL Queen’s goodies.

For my brown girls that claim there aren’t drugstore-friendly foundations, powders and bronzers for us, puh-leeeease take a look at CG Queen. They’ve got enough shades for all of our hues. The only downfall is the inability to test the products before you buy but whatev. Hold on to your receipt and the stores should exchange and return with no problems.

Clumps veterans know I’ve featured CG Queen products manyyyy times before. I’ve played around their their concealers, their lippies (oh yes girl, I am STILL rockin’ Berry Bling) and remember last year when Sam Fine did a face chart for Clumps readers? I’m no stranger to this brand so when they hit the scene with a new matte pressed powders, of course I had to show it off for y’all.

Of course.

Here’s what COVERGIRL has to say about them,

“Our fade-resistant powder gives you a natural looking, even coverage that is designed to last while controlling shine.” (source)

There are 6 of these ranging from Light to Medium Deep so the chances of you finding the perfect match for you is pretty high.

I’m showing off Light AND Medium Dark here but really her sibling Medium Dark is better fit for my NW45 skin. Now y’all know I’m a fan of wearing just wearing concealers with a powder on top. I don’t feel the need to wear foundation unless I’m getting all fancified. So yah, these are perfect for me.

Don’t say one word about how dead I look in this picture. Not one word, I say!

I didn’t even use concealer on the left side. But look how much more polished my skin looks. And while they are matte pressed powders, I still get a luminous finish. And even more so if I apply the COVERGIRL QUEEN Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze on top.

In.love. I mean, honestly…what’s with brown girls saying they can’t or shouldn’t wear bronzer? I just don’t get that. A little glow to the cheekies ain’t never hurt nobody. Yes, I know that was a double negative, but work with me here, mkay?

With the bronzer going for less than $7 and the matte pressed powder at around $5, you’ll do anything but break the bank trying to snag these kids. Especially if you’ve got a coupon or two. You know how I roll… But if you’d rather purchase online, Drugstore.com has the cheapest prices.

Ah yes. Another knock out of the park for COVERGIRL Queen. Know what I mean? Weeeee, I rhymed! :p

Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ‘em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ‘em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

…and a clearer pic of that purple.

The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ‘em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?

Real Techniques brushes is another reason why beauty bloggers rock…

There’s more to beautifying than good skincare products and awesome eye shadows. Beautiful eyeshadows and a foundation that gives your skin a flawless finish means nothing if you don’t have a dream team of brushes.

Lately I’ve been loving Real Techniques.

Okay, loving is an understatement. I’ve been obsessing over them a bit. And rightfully so. I could totally write an essay on how much I love these brushes. Buuuuuut I quit grad school for a reason. This writer HATES writing essays.

I do, however,  love me some lists yo.

5 Reasons Why I Love Real Technique Brushes:

      • They were designed by a beauty blogger. Ca-learly beauty bloggers rock.
      • They are color coordinated! Base = gold, Eyes = purple, Finish = pink.
      • You won’t break the bank buyin’ them. Unlike other brands…*cough*
      • The packaging for each brush gives great examples on HOW to use brush.
      • They are cruelty-free brushes. 

Real Techniques recently launched some new brushes and of course I just had to check ‘em out. Let’s spotlight them individually. Cool?

Expert Face Brush ($9)


Brush Description: Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation.

My thoughts: Like every RT brush I’ve ever tried, this one is insanely soft. I much prefer using a stippling brush for when I apply cream or liquid foundations but after using this one, I can see how it works. I apply the foundation using my finger tips and then gently buff the foundation into my skin using this brush. And it works beautifully! This is also a great brush for applying a flush of bronzer or blush.

Setting Brush ($8)


Brush Description: The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.

My thoughts: Soft just like its siblings, I couldn’t find much use out of this brush. Then again, I’m not a professional. After letting my makeup artist friend (hi Lynn!) use this brush, she fell in love. I can appreciate a brand of brushes that has brushes for beauty novices and professionals alike.

Fine Liner Brush ($6)


Brush Description: The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

My thoughts: One can never have too many liner brushes. Especially if you’re like me and you’re too lazy to clean them after using. While I much prefer angled eye liner brushes, I like how this one is precise enough to give me a thin line of gel liner on my lower lashline. It’s perfect. The bristles are sturdy enough to give me control, but soft enough so that it’s not hurting my lids. Win!

Overall: These are 3 great additions to the RT lineup. And the prices are SO right. When I was a makeup newbie, cool brush brands like ecoTOOLS and Real Techniques weren’t around so I assumed that the best brushes were the higher-end ones. So not true. Supporting Real Techniques means you’re getting brushes worth your pennies and you’ll be showing love to beauty blogger.

Because who runs the world? Beauty bloggers!

Okay, I’m kidding. Kinda. 8) You can grab these from Ulta and online.

Have you ever tried any Real Techniques brushes?

Cleanin’ pretty with Nuance Salma Hayek’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Did y’all know the gorgeous Salma Hayek had a line at CVS Pharmacy? I didn’t! Aaaand, did you know the collection primarily consists of paraben-free products? Of course that reason is why I am already so in love with the brand. I’ve got my hands on a few of the products but first up, I’ll be showcasing the amazing Detoxifying Facial Cleansing & Toning Towelettes.

These are just wonderful. Especially for lazy biddies like me who want to wash their faces at night but don’t feel like going through the whole ‘turn the water on, lather up, massage, rinse and dry’ thing. Don’t get me wrong. Washing the face is ALWAYS a must but I love these towelette alternatives. And since these have so many claims, well…I expected a lot.

What the towelettes say they’ll do:

Cleanse and soothe the skin in one step with a gentle blend of Quillaja Extract, Chamomile and Citric Acid, balanced to remove impurities, soften and moisturize.

Packaging-wise, I think the 25 pre-moistened towelettes for $7.99 is a pretty good deal. I do wish they would have rounded off to 30 though. That way, at least you’d have a month worth of towelettes.

Opening, closing and removing towelettes is easy enough.

I love that there is sturdy plastic cover. Many brands have stickers on their facial towelettes and while they may work, they often dry the towelettes out quicker. This top will ensure that the cleanser stays ON the towelette without drying up.

For a second, I thought that these would be great for removing makeup too, but nope…stick with cleansing the skin. These are nice and cotton-y but also lint-ty. Which is great for removing concealer, foundation and the day’s dirt from the skin but not for removing mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Your best bet is to thoroughly remove eye makeup before using these.

Ingredients-wise, I can so appreciate how these are paraben and alcohol-free.

I do take the term “Non-irritating” with a grain of salt though. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products, ya know?

Pro’s

-Perfect for traveling, overnight bags or for keeping at your desk or in your car for quick “I need to refresh my face” fixes.
-Wipe stays moistened long enough to clean the face…and neck. 8)
-Feels REALLY good and my dry skin doesn’t feel all tight afterwards.
-Oh yeah…it’s paraben-free. Y’all know how much I appreciate paraben-free products.

Con’s

-The fragrance of these is a little strong for me. I definitely wish they were fragrance-free. I’d love them so much more. Buuuut, the fragrance definitely doesn’t linger so that’s a good thing.
-Because they are a bit linty, you want to avoid the eye area to prevent lint from falling into the eyes.

Overall: I really like these. They are the perfect addition to the other Nuance Salma Hayek items. I so think all makeup lovin’ guys and gals should keep facial towelettes on hands. Not just for those lazy days but also for cleaning up brushes quickly. I loves ‘em.

Are you a fan of cleansing towelettes?

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s HD foundation is amaziiiing!

I hear it alllllll the time. “B…you never review enough foundations.” I know. I know. But it’s only because I don’t really wear foundation. Dude, I live in Florida. That and the fact that I sweat like a beast. Wearing a full face of foundation everyday just doesn’t make sense to me. But every now and then I like to even out my skin and look all flawless and whatnot. When I have those moments, I play around with different foundations. Laura Mercier’s is still a holy grail as is MAKE UP FOR EVER’s HD foundation.

Sooooo can’t believe I am just now reviewing this. I’ve been loving this foundation for a while. In fact, it’s one of the few that I find not only matches my skin beautifully without much doctoring up, but it also looks good in photos. Lord knows ain’t nothin’ worse than seeing a picture of yourself where your face and neck and are TWO different colors.

Not a good look, y’all. Not a good look.

First of all, can I stop for a minute and give MAKE UP FOR EVER some major props for actually having a diverse selection of foundations? This very rarely happens. Most brands will a dozen shades of ivory, some neutrals and only 2-3 darker shades. But MUFE gets it.

Their 178 works very nicely for me. For reference, I am NW45.

Y’all know the deal with my bare skin. I suffer with acne, hyperpigmenation and ingrown hairs on my chin. Those ingrown hairs are the worst because the only way to get rid of them is by breaking the skin and removing the hair. Aaaand, of course I’m left with scars to deal with. Ugh. See all three here…

I conceal the hyperpigmentation daily with just a bit of concealer and a powder. I can proudly walk concealer-less but only because the acne scars are going away little by little.

Gracias a Dios! But even though I want to wear foundation for special occasions, I do NOT want to look like I’m wearing it. Ya know? I never wanted to be one of those gals that looks like she has on a ton of makeup. It’s tricky trying to achieve this because a lot of times, full-coverage foundations give you that “I’ve got on makeup.” look.

MUFE’s HD foundation is one of the few that allows me to feel confident. Watch this…

Not too bad, uh? The left side looks even but I don’t look like another person. Now on both sides…

Uh. Just ignore my horrid blending efforts around my mouth and chin. That’s another reason why I can’t wear foundation regularly. It just takes TOO much time to make sure every nook and cranny is in place, ya know?

Do I look too makeup-y? I don’t think so. Which is why I LOVE this foundation. Close up, though…I do realize that when I wear foundation, my pores look HUGE.

I kinda don’t care though. *shrugs* I mean…should I? ;) So yeah. This foundation will always be with me. It’s $40 but considering I wear it once, twice and maaaaybe three times a month, it’ll be a while before I run out.

Of course you can get this from Sephora and Sephora.com. I totally recommend going IN to Sephora if you can, though. They’ll hook you up with a sample so you can try before you buy.

Considering this is one of the most popular foundations on the market, I know some of y’all have tried it. Whatcha think? Yay or nay to MAKE UP FOR EVER’s HD foundation?

What the what? Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask

I’ve heard it all when it comes to facial care products. Milk moisturizers. Carrot cleansers. Sugar scrubs. But pull my finger and call me Susie because I’ve never heard of a Chocolate AND Strawberry mask. Sounds so…tasty, uh? Not that I’d go around slurping up a face mask, but you know what I mean. Freeman Beauty has taken two tasty ingredients, thrown ‘em in a mask and told us to slather it on our faces.

Like they had to tell me twice…

My skin (per usual, pfftttt!) has been actin’ up something serious so I was due for a good facial mask treatment. Aaaaaand I was excited to see bentonite listed on the ingredient list.

I’ve used bentonite clay before on my skin and hair and have had amazing results. The mask also contains some other ingredients I don’t like to use like parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes but my curiosity got the best of me, so I flipped the top and got to work.

Fragrance-wise, the mask smells lovely. It has a prominent chocolate smell with lower notes of strawberry. When it goes on the face, the smell mellows out and you get more of the clay-smell. The texture is goopey and feels like like wet clay. Since – I guess that’s what it is. I can’t say that it looks pretty through.

I could make a baby diaper joke but I’ll leave that one alone. ;) I sloshed the mask alllllll over.


The tube didn’t give me a specified wait time but I left it on for a good 10 minutes or so. It hardened  but didn’t get flaky and dusty like some clay masks can get.

Pro’s
-It’s cheap yo. $3.99 for a 6 fl. oz. tube. Woot!
-It’s easy to apply.
-It rinses thoroughly. It didn’t get stuck in my eyebrows.
-It smells sa-weeeeet!
-My skin felt cleaner after use but I didn’t notice any major differences.
-The fragrance was subtle. Which is a great think. Strawberries and chocolate smell wonderful but too strong of a smell and it can bring on a headache.

Con’s
-If you suffer from dry skin (I do), this may not be ideal. Within seconds of washing off and drying, I had dry patches all over my face.
-The ingredient list. Since I have acne-prone skin, I like to stick with preservative free products and I wish this baby had less friends on the ingredient list
-The color isn’t pretty. I know, I know, what can I say? I like pretty colors and this one just looks icky. So do most clay masks though so I can’t knock Freeman Beauty for that one.

If you’re in the market for a new mask, I say give this one a try. Freeman Beauty has a mess load of other facial care products and if their ingredient lists aren’t too extensive, I will definitely give them a try.

You can get this and other Freeman Beauty products from Walmart, Ulta, Duane Reade, CVS, Walgreens, Drugstore.com and Kroger oooooor, you can buy it online.

Whatcha think? Would you try give this mask a spin?

The Sweaty Betty Diaries: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Yours truly sweats like a beast. But of course you knew that, didn’t you? My friends are forever laughing at my inability to…not sweat. It’s just plain sad, I tell ya. Okay so yeah. Some of you guys and gals are battling freezing temps but such does not exist in the state of Florida. I sweat year round without prevail. These Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens are hookin’ a sista up though.

Like everything from Boscia, this little pack of sweat bustin’ linens is paraben-free and doesn’t contain any annoying fragrances or super strong scents. Which, of course, is a good thing because y’all know I can’t do super strong fragrances.



A pack of 100 sheets will run you $10, which isn’t a bad price. And I love how they smell.

If I sniff ‘em hard enough, I get a faint whiff of tea bag. Any oil-y residue and sweaty bits left on my forehead, cheeks and nose and instantly scooped by the linen. Easy peasy. Every beauty technique should be this easy. Don’t cha think?

You can grab these from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

A Milk Conditioning Cleanser. No cookies required

Random B Fact: I am severely lactose intolerant. Ya’ll know I’m the Queen of TMI Talk so my revealing this quite common condition among us human species shouldn’t even come as a surprise. When I first heard of glo|Therapeutics’ Conditioning Milk Cleanser, I got all giddy. Very rarely do I come across milk products that don’t have me doubling over in pain.

Okay, more TMI. My bad.

Fact is, the concept of milk cleansers makes sense. Milk can be moisturizing, soothing and conditioning. Why not be it in a face cleanser?

According to glo|Therapeutics this cleanser ‘gently washes away impurities, soothing and protecting the skin with conditioning and antioxidant ingredients’. Because of its non-foaming and gentle formula, it can also be used as a makeup remover. Quite frankly, I prefer oil-based makeup removers since I use sturdy eyeliners and mascaras, but if you don’t wear longwear eye products, I can see how this works as a makeup remover.


As a cleanser – I can’t say it’s one of my favorites. For one, while the formula feels nice and creamy, it is far too perfume-y to me. Even after I rinsed the cleanser off, I could still smell it on my face. I prefer to use products without fragrances and even if I come across one that does use fragrances, I never want them to be long-lasting. Packaging wise, the cleanser has a nice pump that makes distributing in the palm of your hands easy peasy.

Because it doesn’t foam up, the cleanser feels a lot like a lotion.


But unlike a lotion, it doesn’t sink into your skin. I always feel like I REALLY have to rub creamy cleansers in my skin to FEEL like they’re doing something. glo|Therapeutics recommends to gently massage the skin for 60 seconds but I found myself doubling that time.

After rinsing off, it felt great. Nothing exceptional but my skin didn’t feel tight and that’s always a good thing. I do think the cleanser would best be suited for guys and gals with super dry skin though.

I’m not sure if it’s the cleanser for me but if you’re on a mission to try something new, I would definitely give it a whirl. You can snag it from gloprofessionals.com.

Whatcha think? You down for trying a milk cleanser?