The Evolution of B: How I Went from Not Caring to Being Obsessed with Skincare

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Confession: I didn’t get all that serious about makeup and skincare until my early-mid 20’s. While some little girls grow up dabbling in beauty stuffs and begging their parents to let them wear red lipstick at the age of 14, I was that girl that…just didn’t care. Toss me a lipgloss and I was good to go. I’d buy whatever skincare product looked pretty in the stores, use it and buy something else when it ran out. I was the Queen of No Fuss Beautification.

Until I turned like 23 or so. I went crazy over makeup. And then I realized it didn’t matter how extensive your makeup collection is if you didn’t take care of the skin too. So yeah, a late lesson learned but better late than never. So here’s how my beauty routine has evolved over the years…

I used to:

-Say “Screw it! I’m not washing my face tonight.”

Now I:

-Wash my face nightly. Or at the very least I use a cleansing cloth to remove makeup and daily grime.

I used to:

-Think any kind of skincare product would work.

Now I:

-Analyze  my skin and see what products work best for my specific conditions and the season.

I used to:

-Assume that I wouldn’t need anti-aging products any time soon.

Now I:

-Get myself in the habit of using them. If I start a regimen using eye creams to combat wrinkles, by the time I’m in my 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, using them won’t seem too laborious.

See! I’m a big girl and my current skincare and makeup routines are a big proof of that. Has your skincare regimen evolved over the years or are you sticking to what has been working?

 

 

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Review of the Tis The Season’ GLOSSYBOX

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Yep! I’ve got another inside scoop of the GLOSSYBOX. It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed one but with the holidays rollin’ around, I figured it would be a good idea to remind you about one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes. These boxes are hit or miss (depending on your preferences, of course) but the average beauty lover will likely get giddy over receiving a subscription as a gift. You wouldn’t hear me complaining.

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Plus, GLOSSYBOX is one of the more higher-end boxes so if I were to gift a subscription to a friend, it would be this one. GLOSSYBOXes are always decked out beautifully and the GLOSSYBOX Mag provides pretty pics of trends and products.

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Sooo, let’s see what we’re working with this month:

Illamasqua Lip & Eye Medium Pencil

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The full size version of this pencil retails for $20 and with Illamasqua being a higher-end brand and all, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth with this pencil. Score! I’ve always been really impressed with Illa’s products and this pencil is no different. The color is called Honour and it’s a rich and chocolate-y brown. It’s definitely a product that I would use regularly.

Incoco Nail Polish Applique

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Shout out to nail strips and stickers. These are so popular these days so it’s good to see GLOSSYBOX staying on trend. I’ve actually used these strips before and they are one of the better ones because they are made of actual nail polish. They retail for $8 and the 16 double-ended strips can make for a nice holiday nail look. Especially in this shade. Sinderella is a rich burgundy and it’s nothing fancy but it’s rolling with the season.

Kryolan for GLOSSYBOX

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The brand Kryolan is likely more known among beauty professionals instead of everyday consumers. I’ve actually never tried any of their products but this blush in Glossy Rosewood looks like it can do some good. It seems pretty pigmented and it doubles as an eyeshadow.  Regular price of this is $9.

Nume Style Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil (full size: $59/4 oz – sample size is 10 ml)

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I’m just now getting back on the argan oil train and I can’t brag about it enough. Nume’s version of this contains Vitamin E and can be used on the body and hair. Most argan oils are scent-free and this one is heavily perfume-y and unappealing to me. I spot Fragrance in the Ingredients so boo to that. Otherwise, it’s a nice and non-greasy oil. Argan oil rules!

Skin & CO ROMA Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum

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This serum is supposed to help slow down the signs of aging. It has hyaluronic acid and I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy safe so I didn’t give it a whirl. However, it is fragrance-free and I think the 0.50 oz size is enough to give you users a good 3-5 uses.

Overall: Of course, you know reviewing beauty subscription boxes are tricky because everyone goes giddy over different things. You’ll never see me appreciate getting hair products whereas some love getting hair samples. I like to judge these boxes by their overall value and this month seemed to hit the mark. The samples were large enough for users to get a good amount and there’s a little something for everyone. Hate nail products? No problem…there are 2 samples of cosmetic products. Not a fan of skincare products but like nails? Bam. You got a sample. So yeah, not a bad way to end the year, GLOSSYBOX.

Consider gifting your favorite beauty guy or girl with a GLOSSYBOX subscription. Start here!

Makeup Wars: My Holiday Wish List

I’m back with another Makeup Wars post and this time I am showcasing some of the items on my holiday wish list. Truthfully, I seriously don’t want for much when it comes to beauty. And I know that sounds crazy as a beauty blogger, but I am satisfied beyond satisfied.

Okay, I’m lying. There is always something that I’m lusting after. Haaaa!!!

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Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS SHOCKING – Voluminous Mascara ($30) – YSL always has the longest product names everrrrrr. Anyway, I adore their mascaras but I hardly splurge on them because of the price. This one has been calling my name for quite some time and mannnnn, it’s time for me to answer.

Clarisonic Aria ($199) – Yeah, I know. I don’t need it. I really don’t. My Clarisonic Plus works just fine but there’s something so captivating about the beautiful Aria. She’s all shiny and would look like a piece of jewelry in my bathroom. And what’s that? I can recharge her via USB? Um…yeah!!

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water ($39) – I have fallen in love with this makeup remover and I am slowlyyyy running out of it. *tears* It’s pricey but this stuff is great. I haven’t been this excited about a makeup remover since Lancome’s Bi-Facil. And yeah, this stuff is better than that.

butter LONDON Fairy Cake nail lacquer ($14) – I’ve got like 2 dozen butter LONDON polishes but my collection won’t be complete until I get this baby. It’s a silvery holographic piece of awesomeness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit ($85) – Since I’m covered in the skincare department, I would adore this kit for Baby Clumps. See, aren’t I on the road to learning how not to be selfish? :cool: There are only a select few store-bought products that I plan to slather her in and this brand is one of them. And yep…a lot of the products in the kit can work for me too so hey, Baby Clumps and I both win!

And on the non-beauty side, I’d love complete payment of my student loans and an iPad Mini. But who wouldn’t, right? Haaaa!!!

What’s on your beauty wishlist? While you’re thinking about it, check out what my fellow beauty girls are lusting after…



The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 70

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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!

Nouveau Cheap – has a lot to say about the new Liquid Metal eyeliners from Physicians Formula. Are they for you? Come see!

Pink Sith – has a SASSY review of mark. Very Sassy Eau de Parfum! Plus she is giving away three fragrance pencils to one lucky winner. Enter today!

Prime Beauty – is in a giving mood this holiday season. Enter to win her first prize, the Limited Edition bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette in the Prime Beauty Holiday Gifting Extravaganza!

Phyrra – says you must see the Winter Prism eve eyeshadows from the Silk Naturals Holiday 2012 Collection!

we heart this – swoons over the most swoon-worthy holiday gift they’ve seen to date; the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultimate Eye Liner Collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Pantone just announced the 2013 color of the year—emerald! Check out some of my emerald beauty picks to start the trend early.

Clumps of Mascara – is attempting to help keep you ash free this winter by giving away some delightful Eucerin moisturizers. 5 lucky folx will win!

EauMG – Oxblood, leather, peplum, winter white…Victoria is pairing Fall/Winter 2012 fashion trends with perfume!

Gouldylox Reviews – Tired of the holiday glitter, but want a bright, beautiful look? Check out this FOTD from Three Custom Color and Le Metier de Beaute.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I’ve been stalking Honor’s blog for a few months now and I can’t get enough. Home Heart Craft is chock full of thrifty but adorable DIY projects for the home, as well as “get the look” DIY fashion projects that you can do in minutes and require no heavy machinery (yay!). My favorite: these DIY adorable headbands that will have you eyeing every cute ribbon you see this holiday season in a whole different light.

Question of the Week:

Share with us some ideas for fun stocking-stuffers to
give to fellow beauty-obsessed friends or family this holiday season.

 

B says, “Sephora has a ton of super cheap and affordable beauty gifts. I’m talkin’ items less than $30. Also, don’t knock the value of a gift card. $10-$15 at a drugstore would make an awesome gift for any beauty lover. They can get what they want and you don’t have to wreck your brain trying to decide what they’d like.”

What are you? Are you big into giving stocking stuffers? Or not so much?

 

See you next week!

 

5 Sephora Stocking Stuffers Under $30

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I feel like a loser for having not tried very many items from Sephora’s brand. And it’s crazy because a great deal of their products are REALLY awesome. If you’ve got some beauty gals in your life and you’re stumped on what to get them, I’ve got 5 suggestions for you. And the good news…they’re all under $30. Woot! Let’s go…

 

Sephora Collection 3D Palette ($24-sold in stores)

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It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in Sephora’s eyeshadows but these are glorious. Especially that purple eyeshadow!

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It’s the perfect buy for both beauty newbies and professionals alike. The double-ended brush is a nice little edition.

 

Flashy Eyeliner set ($16)

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These eyeliners are nice and totable. But wait…they are waterproof too! Because of the shimmer, they may not last too long on the waterline but as eyeshadow bases and liners on the lower lashline, they are awesome! These remind me a lot like Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever’s pencils.

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They’re pretty awesome and high-quality. Definitely an ideal stocking stuffer.

 

Sephora Gloss Lab ($25)

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Ohmimgooodness, these are glooooorious. Especially for a lipgloss junkie. This set comes with 10 different glosses of various shades and finishes. They’re full-sized too!

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This is such an adorable set for the teenage beauty lover in your life because these aren’t super pigmented. They are all incredibly glossy and even the brightest shade isn’t so bright on the lips.

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Gilded Trio Brush set ($10 – available in stores)

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Even though I have plenty of makeup brushes, I couldn’t help but go gaga over these. Do you see that gold! Do you?!

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These are just insane. 3 brushes at $10 isn’t too bad of a price, especially with the packaging being absolutely beautiful. The set includes a small powder brush, shadow brush and liner brush so it’s the perfect gift for the beauty beginner in your life.

 

24 Karat Gold Tweezers ($16)

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And since we’re talking about pretty gold accessories, how about these tweezers? I actually own a regular pair of these and they are pretty precise.

Now. Let’s review…

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5 beauty goodies under $30 for the beauty guys and girls in your life. Time to get to shoppin’!!

Too Faced Top 10 giveaway winner!

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It took me forever to choose a winner for this giveaway because many of the original winners didn’t respond to their emails. Eek! But I finally got a response so congratulations are in order for…

 

Annelise in Indiana

 

This lucky gal is going to snag 10 of my favorite Too Faced products. Thank you so so much for all you that entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways on Clumps of Mascara!

Join me for Beauty in the Bag’s Weekly Twitter Chats!

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I’m a bit of a loser for just NOW letting y’all know about this. My bad! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been co-hosting the very awesome @BeautyInTheBag Twitter chat. It’s a been a whole heap of fun and a nice little break in those mundane work days of mine.

Even if you aren’t much of a Twitter user, you’ll likely get a lot out of these beauty chats. Each week we chose a topic and tweet out questions, answers, suggestions and advice about said topics. Aaaand, at the end of each chat, one lucky participant is selected to win a gift bag of goodies. Woot!

Follow @BeautyInTheBag and the hashtag #BeautyBag. Hope to see you on Tuesday at 1:30 EST! Oh, and if you’re like me and find Twitter parties/chats to be a tad bit overwhelming, I recommend using TweetChat. It’s not foolproof but it’s great at speeding up and slowing down the flow of the chat.

 

 

Makeup Wars: Our Holiday Metallics

I’ve been asked to join another blog group and I’m all giddy about it because blogging is one thing but being a part of a community is something else. It just wouldn’t be as fun. I am the newest blogger on the Makeup Wars group, a band of bloggers who rally together to do showcase their opinions, recs and pics on a particular topic. It’s fun stuff because within MY post, you can click on over to another blogger’s post. It’s mad cool, yo.

This week we’re rappin’ about holiday metallics and while I’m not much of a metallic-wearin’ gal, I came across some goodies in my beauty stash. I’m going to tryyyyy to incorporate these bad boys throughout the weeks. Maybe I’ll grow to love them. Kinda like corals. OMG, remember how much I hated coral nail polish? Hmm mmm…

MoonRaker from OPI’s Skyfall collection is a fabulous metallic gray.

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And when it comes to metallic shadows on the lids, I am loooooving Urban Decay’s Smoked palette.

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I mean, check out that bottom row of awesomeness. Loaded is my favorite and it is a gorgeouuuus deep emerald shimmer with a metallic base. And when it comes to lips? Y’all know I looooove red. It’s hard to find a fantastic red metallic lipstick (although I think Hourglass Siren is close) so a few years ago, I faked a metallic lip by dapping a bit of hot pink glitter over red lipstick.

Sounds crazy, but I promise you it works. Especially if you’re pairing it with a shimmery metallic gold eyeshadow. POW! That red lip is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb and I don’t even know if they have it anymore. It was hands down one of my favooooorite red lipsticks EVER!

Laugh at me if you want, but I promise it works. I’ve got plans to dabble in more metallic cosmetics so stay tuned for my findings.

Any metallic cosmetics lovers in the house?