Ideal Image Makes Hair Removal…ideal!

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So girls…let’s talk about something I’ve mentioned a thousand times here on Clumps of Mascara. Hair removal! I’ve done the waxing, threading and tweezing but if you’ve found those methods to be time consuming and pointless (considering the hair grows back in like…days), laser hair removal may be for you. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal is located around the country and they have a few spots here in the Greater Orlando area. I am forever hearing the commercials on the radio and I’m like “Ugh. I wish I could go!” Their treatments and services sound some kind of amazing and they always have a special going on. Even during the summer! And speaking of summer, I’m a bit bummed out that it’s on its way out of the door. The kids are back to school and while the weather isn’t getting any cooler, I am often caught daydreaming about hangin’ out on one of South Florida’s beaches. Just me and about 3-4 girlfriends wake up to a rented condo on the beach and after sleeping a full 7-8 hours, we wake up to cook breakfast and toss on our swimsuits and head to the beach.

Beach

We’ve got our books in tow, our reusable bottles of water, sunscreen and we are all set to lounge on the beach for hours at a time. Sounds glorious, right? Especially if you’ve already gone to Ideal Image to handle that hair “situation”. You wouldn’t have to worry about any last minute shaving on your trip and trust me when I say, every second counts.

Sunset

Laser hair removal just makes sense. Especially if you’re looking for a more convenient option that will give you confidence. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal  is a more permanent to getting rid of unwanted hair forever. For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering up to 70% off Laser Hair Removal services. Um, WOW! What an amazing deal. I’m a girl who doesn’t make much fuss over if she has a bit of stubble but I would looooove to rock a bod that is virtually free of hair under my arms and on that upper lip. Just sayin’.

My Mom and so many of my friends have done nothing but brag about the awesomeness that is laser hair removal so if it’s something you’ve thought about, scoot on over to Ideal Image, request more information, learn more about the treatments, and schedule your first visit! And you better tell me alllll about it.

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Makeup Wars: Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette review + tutorial

This is a very special Makeup Wars because a few of us gals were so graciously sent the Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette to review. I haven’t been keeping up with the awesome things that Ana has goin’ on and uh…talk about a mistake. This palette has reignited the admiration that I have for the brand.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette

Designed by blogger and makeup artist Maya Janeska. This East African beauty is not only stunning but puts out amaziiiiing tutorials and has a jumpin’ Instagram channel. She collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to put together a fantastic palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette

It really is unlike any eyeshadow palette that I’ve seen before because within the 10 shadows, you’ve got two pops of color – including that very bright Aqua!

What a nice little surprise, right? I’ve found that the Aqua works very nicely on the lid and even used as a liner on the waterline. Included with the palette are 5 Get The Look cards . Maya has given us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve various looks. Of course I fell in love with the look that used that stunning Aqua. I’m lovin’ how the cards tell you at the top which shadows you’ll be using.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Get the Look cards

Swatch-wise, I would have loved for these to be more intense.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette swatches

They pop well on my skin but if we could have taken the intensity level up a bit more, I would have been a happy girl. And then there’s a nice dual-sided brush!


Anastasia Maya Mia palette brushes
But despite that, this palette inspired me to do a tutorial which, ohmigosh y’all…I haven’t done in years! It is such a challenge to do a tutorial under 5 minutes. My girl Phyrra has perfected this so until I grill how she does her tutorials, you lovely people will have to deal with my choppy tutorials. And bad brows. Because yeah. My brows look baaaad in that video. Oh well. :cool:

You can get this palette from ULTA.com for an easy $29.


 

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How To Improve Home Ambiance With Curtains

Bedroom curtains

This post is brought to you by Julie Brooks and I’m all kinds of excited about it because I LOVE curtains. Curtains are an essential element in a room. In creating an impressive interior décor for the room, they will be critical in creating the overall tone. Remember, though it is easy to undermine the value that shutters and curtains have in the room, the two are important soft furnishings. Curtains, whether plain canvas, lined eyelet, or pencil pleat can drastically complement existing interior design and improve home ambiance. They will thus tone a room and tie everything together to give coherence, beauty and elegance to a room.

The Colors to Choose

The color of the curtain that you pick is vital and it should match the colour of the walls to make a room more spacious and improve interior design. A quiet place will be brought to life by warm colors such as shades of pinks, reds or yellows. Shades of grey, blue and white will, on the other hand, give a soft appeal to a room. For a smooth, earthy tone, green or brown curtains are best. All in all, the shades that you pick should be pleasing to you and complement or ease in well with other colors that may be present in the room.

The Ideal Length

Curtains can either be long or short. The short curtains are best if one wishes to create a casual feeling in the room. They are especially ideal for kitchens. Conversely, curtains that drape to the floor create a more formal tone. They also visually give the impression of a longer window by adding the perceived height of the window.

Curtains

Adjusting the Lighting

Laces and sheers can give your room an amazing lighting effect that filters and softens the light getting into the room. However, if you wish to, for various reasons, block out the light completely, lined and insulated curtains or fabric shades are the way to go. These often come with extra privacy.

Rods to Use

Curtain rods are varied in shape, nature, style and material. Finials are great silhouette creators. For ruffled and tailed curtains, continental or mesa rods are best. Wooden and wrought-iron rods go well with tab curtains.

You can now easily change the ambiance of your room to suit your preferences using curtains.

Sonia Kashuk Does It Again!

My girl Sonia K is at it again. I have a very special place in my heart for this brand. When I first got into makeup and couldn’t afford those ridiculously overpriced brushes at department stores, Sonia took me in her arms and led me to her bargain brushes. I tried to brush her off (haha, see what I did there?) because I was under the impression that cheaper brushes performed…cheaply. But hey – I was dumb. A few purchases later and it’s no doubt that Sonia Kashuk continues to dominate the the makeup brush game.

If you’ve strolled Target lately, you may have come across some of her gorgeous new brush sets – including the Brush Couture Five-Piece Brush Set.

Sonia

The print is art -inspired and they are almost too pretty to function. They do, though! I’m thinking these are ideal for the my professional-minded makeup lovers of the world as newbies may be a bit stumped on how each of these brushes works.

Of course, I’m thinking I need to scoop this up mainly for that duo-fiber brush. I hoard these brushes like mad because they have so many uses! Perfect for bronze and blush application, I have also been known to use a duo-fiber brush for sweeping on powders and tinted moisturizers.

This set also gives you a pointed blending brush, large shader brush, crease brush and smudge brush. And all for $16.99.

Yes, girl. Head to your local Target store or Target.com to get more information (and to BUY) this set as well as other fashion/art-inspired brushes.

 

Any Sonia K lovers in the house?

 

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 135

Shea Moisture blush

 

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!

Clumps of Mascara – can’t wait to try Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics palette! But…will she like it? Dun dun dunnnn!

Gouldylox Reviews – Wonder how something that calls itself “Bulletproof” actually stands up to smudging? Read the findings of my investigation of Too Faced’s new Bulletproof Eyeliners!

My Beauty Bunny – What products does a beauty blogger spend her cash on? Check out my very favorite cruelty-free faves and see!

Nouveau Cheap – Your friendly neighborhood lip balm fanatic gave the new eos Visibly Soft Coconut Milk Lip Balm Sphere a whirl. Adorable packaging aside, is this worth a purchase? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – agrees that saving money on beauty items is awesome. but sometimes “saving” costs more than the “splurge” as she explains in her recent post.

Prime Beauty – gets in touch with her sensual side (don’t laugh!) with Laura Mercier’s Sensual Reflections Collection for Fall 2014. Can it be soft and sexy at the same time? Find out!

Phyrra – Craving Fall? Check out my Colour Pop Fall Tutorial!

we heart this – No need to get out your fangs, we’re giving away all 23 perfume oils in the BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive collection (based on the the Tilda Swinton/Tom Hiddleston vampire movie!)

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – My girl Ren over at Makeup by Ren Ren creates an amaziiiing look using a cheap (yet powerful) little palette from Wet ‘n Wild.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

If you could only wear one nail color for Fall 2014, which shade would it be?

B says, “China Glaze’s Community. It’s a beautiful brown that matches my skin!”

What about you?

See you next week!

Oh Laura Mercier…will you marry me?

Okay, I’m kidding. I’m not sure Esposo would be okay with me running away to marry one of the world’s most talented makeup artists. He doesn’t understand my love for all things Laura Mercier. I have yet to try a product that I didn’t like. Everything that has graced my skin has been sheer…love. I received the Secret Camouflage ($34) and Tinted Moisturizer ($43) for review and they have permament residency in my Beauty Headquarters. AKA the bathroom.

Laura Mercier

I won’t ramble too much about these in this post since I’ve done a video, but these products are fantastic. The Secret Camouflage has an oil-free formula that plays nicely even in this very hot weather.

Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge

While I think the shade I got is too dark (I have SC-7), it really does blend nicely to conceal any dark spots and the lighter shade works well under my eyes. However, I think for better coverage under the eyes, I should been aiming for the next shade down. This is okay because there are 8 shades to pick from. Because remember, Laura Mercier likes to put out shades for various skintones. And then there’s the tinted moisturizer…


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

I feel like I’ve used this before (maybe in a former life) but wow wow. I am a lover of light coverage and this tinted moisturizer gives me that plus SPF 20. Pop on over to the video to get an idea of how I use these products and how nicely they work on my skin.

Have you tried anything from Laura Mercier? Any favorites?

Haughty Cosmetics on Gloss 48!

I have discovered a beauty website that may have you spending all of your money, girls. In which case, I apologize in advance. But I think you’ll thank me for it later. Gloss48 is unique in that it caters to the indie brands and gives us a one-stop shop for all things indie. After all, while the bigger brands may be the ones that catch our eyes first, indie brands are often the innovators of many techniques and formulas. Oh, but the best news is Gloss48 not only showcases brands that you may not have heard about, but they offer them to you for discounted prices! That way, you can try some new brands without going into debt. Heyyyy!!!

They so graciously gave me the opportunity to test drive the brand Haughty Cosmetics.

Haughty Cosmetics

Never heard of them? I hadn’t either, but hello…this is why Gloss48 exists. Let’s do a quick run through of these products so that you can quickly move on and get your purchase on. The current star of the Haughty Cosmetics show are their Natural Glow Hands Free Soft Cheek Colors…

Haughty

Say that 3 times fast! So I know this isn’t anything new (or is it?) but dang, these are cool! And so ideal for travel. These squeezable blush tubes are intended to be applied directly to the cheeks and the result is, well…blushed cheeks! This is the kind of product that you really have to play around with before you use it flawlessly. A little goes a long way and if you aren’t careful, you may end up with clown cheeks. Ask me how I know. Still, though, I am such a fan for this. I think it’ll be a great fit for when it gets cooler but I love that when you apply it, it doesn’t budge. It also layers very nicely on top of foundations and powders.

Haughty Cosmetics  gloss

And what’s a makeup line without lip gloss? Haughty Cosmetics is giving us more than 10 color options to choose from and I think there’s a reason why they call it Perfect Finish Lip Gloss. It’s really is a perfect gloss. Sweet packaging, nice and even consistency and a muted fragrance and taste, the shade Bloom, I found worked really well against my warm skin. It doesn’t have a sticky and tacky feel to it and applies smoothly and will likely last you a few hours or so on the lips.

Haughty Cosmetics  gloss swatch

It’s one of the more moisturizing glosses that I’ve tried and I am just big fan of the bright orchid that is Bloom. Plus, 50% of this product’s purchases go towards fighting domestic violence against women.

Haughty Cosmetics  eyeshadow palette

Haughty Cosmetics palette

Oooh, and would you look at their eye shadow palettes? Covered in fuzzy velvety goodness, the Impress palette is perfect for my girls who love their smokey eyes. This palette has totally inspired me to start rocking more smokey eyes (y’know…when I’m not at work or getting beat up by a toddler) and I’m thinking it’ll be easy with how nice these shadows are. I wouldn’t say they are the most pigmented shadows I’ve ever seen, but that’s okay. I don’t always need a blast of color with one swatch.

Haughty Cosmetics  smokey eye quad

I think eyeshadow lovers will appreciate the diverse formulas that this palette is giving us. From the matte, to the frost and shimmers, they will really work very well for every one. Can’t wait to put this baby to use!

Ooooh, and guess what? Haughty Cosmetics is currently on sale for a limited time!


Haughty Cosmetics on Gloss48.com
 

These prices won’t last long so hurry, hurry. and start shopping here. And while you’re at it, check out some of my other favorite indie brands that are featured on Gloss48! Say hey to Cult Nails and A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

I’ve always prided myself on being the makeup lover who doesn’t HAVE to use higher-end cosmetics to achieve beautiful looks. I am very frugal with my money by nature and even when I have it, I don’t know…I don’t always feel inclined to spend a crazy amount of it on something disposable like…cosmetics. Which, I know, sounds crazy but I’ve tried to remain sensible in my older years.

Plowing through debt will do that to you.

That said, doing a makeup look and only using products that cost less than $30 was easy for me.

30 dollar face

But for the record, I’m omitting powders, primers and liners for the total cost of this face, mkay? The only way I would be able to include those and keep the face under $30 is if I rocked all Wet ‘n Wild and e.l.f every thang. And as much as I love those brands, I wanted to spice it up a bit for ya’ll. And so I used these products to achieve a pretty nice look.

Makeup prices
For the eyes, I used this sweet Limited Edition eye shadow palette from Wet ‘n Wild…

Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette

This sat in my “To Review” pile for the longest and I hate that I am just now pulling it out. That orange is fantastic and I would have loved for it to POP a bit more on my skin, but hey…we can’t have it all now, can we? There’s that pretty Sleek Bronze Block that I scooped up from Sleek a few weeks back.

Sleek Bronze Brick

And NYX’s Stacked mascara…

NYX mascara

Also, featured in its blurry goodness is COVERGIRL’s Smoochies in Tru Love. It’s a frosty mauve. I’ve been into frosts these days. Totally tapping into my high school years.

And the look…


Orange eyeshadow on brown skin
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Let this be a lesson to you, girls. You don’t HAVE to spend a ton of money on makeup to achieve really nice looks. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I will still lust after things I can’t afford but it’s good to know that even after 7 years of blogging, I can still appreciate the drugstore babies.

Would you be able to crank out a look using products that totaled up to $30?

Check out what my fellow MU girls did…

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