Neutrogena Naturals skincare is awesoooome!

Guess whaaaat? I’ve been testing a new skincare brand and my face hasn’t gone loco. Which is a HUGE deal. I’m pretty dedicated to the same skincare products. When they work, I keep using them. But at the same time I love reviewing skincare products soooooo yeah. I’m such a walking contradiction, uh?

When I was approached with the opportunity to test drive some Neutrogena Naturals products I was like, “Haaaay!”  Any time a huge brand says they’ve gone natural, I feel like it’s my duty to check ’em out. Fo reals.

While I got to dilly and dally in the whole collection, these 4 are my absolute favorites.

The Purifying Facial Cleanser

Ah yessss. When it comes to cleansers, I feel simple is best. Which is why I really loved this one. And what’s the first ingredient on the list?

Water. My skin thanks you for this, Neutrogena. I’ve got normal skin that leans on the dry side so the added dose of moisture from the glycerin helped tremendously. I still get pimples every 2.3 hours and so the Willowbark acting as a natural salicylic acid was niiiiice. This is such a nice and gentle cleanser. While I’d be okay without fragrance, what little bit I did I get wasn’t too overpowering. The cleanser really DOES cleanse. It would probably be more suitable for those with oilier skin but I enjoy using it anyway. And I’m all for clear cleansers.

Creamier ones aren’t up my alley. And if it’s scrubs that you really like…you’ll love this one.

Purifying Face Scrub

I only use face scrubs once a week or so. I’m impressed with this one. The fragrance mimics the cleanser and it’s a bit on the creamier side with nice itty bitty micro-beads.

They do an effective job at scrubbing so long as you put in a little elbow grease. And once you’ve busted suds and you’re ready to put some moisture back in the skin, you’ve got 2 options. You can go with Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer or the Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream.

By day I roll with the Nourishing Moisturizer.

I know when it comes to facial moisturizers, everyooooone has different needs. There’s so much to take into consideration. Will this moisturizer work well with my foundation? Does it have SPF? Is it thick enough? Is it too thick? Is it oily? Is it pore clogging? When it comes to daytime moisturizers, I just need TWO things. 1. I need for it to contain SPF. I live in Florida. 2. I need it to lightweight and gentle. Because, yeah…while my skin is dry after cleansing, I sweat profusely (do I get a cookie for being honest?) and thicker day creams don’t do much for me. This day cream got 1 out of 2 points. I so wish there was a bit of SPF in it. But the silky smooth and gentle formula made up for it.

Yep. It sinks right into my skin without giving me an oily or greasy feeling.

Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream

I never understood the point of night creams but I don’t know…age is making me a wee bit wiser because now I totally get it. This cream provides the same silky smooth feeling except it’s just a wee bit thicker. Which works! It feels decadent and creamy and seemed to work really well with my skin.

I actually look forward to slathering this on at night because ohmigoodness, it just feel SO nice.

Neutrogena Naturals also has a Fresh Cleansing Makeup Remover, Face & Body Bar and a Lip Balm. All of the products are free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes and phthalates. Huge, right? If you’ve been looking to green up your skincare regimen, you should totally glance at Neutrogena Naturals.

And speaking of natural living, through Glam Media, I received a bag of eco-friendly natural goodies including a set of Organic Bamboo cooking spoons…

AND, something I’ve been lusting after fo’eva!

A Bobble; the reusable water bottle that filters water by using carbon. Instead of purchasing water bottles, I’ve been using a filter but when I’m out and about and don’t feel so inclined to gag while drinking Orlando’s water (if you’ve tasted it…you know what I mean), I tote the Bobble with me. Genius, I say!

I’m not perfect but I really try to make an effort to live naturally. How?

-I moved closer to my job. Less gas for me and less pollution for Mother Nature.
-I stopped buying water bottles and use reusable bottles.
-I use one killer multiple purpose soap. It not only cleanses face and body but my dishes, clothes and floors.
-I recycle.

Whether it’s greening up your skincare or using eco-friendly products, greener is always better, darlings. Have you spied Neutrogena Naturals in your drugstores?

 

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Neutrogena via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neutrogena.”

 

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes
essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier,
younger-looking skin. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or
phthalates.

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential
skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This
nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness,
leaving it naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future. It contains no
harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

 

Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge? I’m in!

Outside of mascara, one of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “B, how do you keep your skin nice and clear?”

My response usually begins with somethin’ like “Girl please…” Veteran Clumps readers know about the horror that is my skin. They’ve seen the bad, the worse and the Is this girl in her 20’s or is she a pimply-faced 16-year old?. Yeah. My skin is a piece of work and keeping it clear is a lifestyle. One that I spend a lot of time (ahem…and sometimes money) on. But I’m not mad. My face is what everyone sees and I take pride in maintaining a rigorously effective skincare regimen.

How does Eucerin fit in? The well-known brand has tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d like to participate in a Healthy Skin Challenge with a handful of other bloggers. Heck yah! I said. I’ll be taking you up close and personal with my pores. You’re excited, aren’t you? You should be because this challenge will also bring about giveaways for you guys ‘n gals. Yuuuup. Each month I’ll be presenting a new Call to Action and you’ll posts and pics of what’s working for my skin.

I’m exciiiiiiited. Obviously, right? Stay tuuuuned.

Disclaimer: My Healthy Skin Challenge posts are sponsored by Eucerin. But guess what? I keeps it real. All opinions are my own. *snaps in Z formation*

Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation review

Oh yes, sisters…I’m back with another Cover FX review. I’ve featured their Big Cover Up as well as their water- based foundation and tinted moisturizer. I am a ginormous Cover FX fan and will forever be raving about their awesomeness. Add their cream foundation to the list of my favorite Cover FX products.

And let’s pretend that I didn’t excitedly swatch before taking a photo, mkay? I know. I’m so ashamed.

But wait – let me preface this review by saying I think wearing cream foundations in Florida in the Springtime (well shoot…any time) is pretty loco. That said, I only wear this foundation on areas where I have the most discoloration. That woud be on my cheeks and chin. I then buff all over with a powder (tarte’s Hotel Heiress) and if I feel so inclined I top off with a highlighter or blush. Even in an ideal climate, I probably wouldn’t wear a foundation all over my face. That just isn’t my style. 😉

First, let’s get some deets on Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation:

-Provides a sheer to medium coverage
-Gives a satin finish
-Fragrance-free
-Oil-free
-Paraben-free
-Contains SPF 30 (huge perk!)
-Has more than 30 shades to choose from

One of the reasons why I really love Cover FX products is because dude…they have SO many shades. Which means A LOT for a brown girl like me. Formula-wise, this foundation is creamy and luxurious. But it isn’t heavy. I normally have very dry skin but around this time of year, my skin is actually…normal. Once the foundation goes on the skin…it stays put. Even when I get to sweating. Which is like, all the time.

See my hyperpigmentation on a freshly cleansed skin?

A dab of the creamy goodness that is Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation and…

I wear NW45 in MAC so I went for B45 in Cover FX. I’ve used this shade before but for some reason, it appeared to be a little too dark for me in the cream foundation formula. Weird, uh? It was still wearable but I think I’ll be scooping up B35 next go ’round.

What I loved…
-Easy to apply. Some cream foundations are a pain because it’s hard to get them to spread evenly all over the face. Not the case with this kid.
-Felt lightweight. It didn’t get all greasy and weigh my skin down.
-The satin finish was glorious on my dry/normal skin. Even when I started to sweat a bit, a simple dab of a handkerchief takes the dewy-ness down and the satin finish returns.
-It’s paraben-free AND contains SPF 30. Such a rarity in a foundation.
-A little goes a long way. I’m pretty sure this compact will last me a good 6-7 months if I use it regularly.

What wasn’t so hot…
-At $42, the price point may be up there for some. I believe in splurging on skincare and facial care products but I know that isn’t the case with everyone.
-Choosing your shade may be a bit of a challenge. But that’s how it is with most foundations, uh?

Best thing about this foundation? I get to give away 10 of ’em! Huge, right? Simply enter your information in the Rafflecopter and press your luck. The contest ends May 3rd and as soon as I confirm all winners, I’ll make the official announcement on Clumps. If you have issues entering the Rafflecopter ,email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Good luuuuuuck! Oh! And if you just can’t wait to win and want to purchase Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation on the ASAP, you know I won’t stop you right?


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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?