Luax Cosmetics – vegan cosmetics with bling!

Indie brands represent! It’s no surprise that I have my love for drugstore and the big chain brands. But when I’m presented with the chance to play around with products of lesser known brands, I always jump to the opportunity. It’s in my nature. I’m the type that would much rather shop for her fruits and veggies at a farmer’s market than a grocer, ya know?

I was recently introduced to the baby brand Luax Cosmetics and whoa – I’m impressed!

The brand was founded just 3 months ago and already founders Benni and Tiffany are making waves in the beauty industry! These 2 driven ladies had a passion for cosmetics but wanted to design a brand that not only included vegan and eco-friendly products but also had a bit of a high fashion touch to it. And I can see why. Many times, when you think of vegan brands, you picture organic and nature-esque products and packing. But these ladies have done something completely different and I’m absolutely lovin’ it!

Let’s start with the nail polishes. So far they’ve got 14 nail polishes ($8.99 a bottle) listed on their website and I’m anxious for them to start cranking out some more. I’ve got Royalty…

…and Welcome To the Big Apple.

Both applied beautifully and have a semi-jelly finish to them. The formula was good for both and while I got more of an opaque finish with Royalty, I don’t mind the visible nail line showin’ through on Welcome To The Big Apple.  And the tops of the bottles are just so luxurious, darling!

The tops are topped off with SWAROVSKI crystals. And they’re not budging either. Those crystals are glued on  and not moving an inch. Which is great. Because if I’ve got nail polish bottles that look this pretty, I would act a fool if one of those crystals took off. I’m just sayin’…

Luax Cosmetics is also givin’ us lip lacquers at $13.99 a pop! I spied 8 colors on their website and when asked which shade I wanted to review, of course I had to give Bossy a whirl. But of course. It’s red!

And I mean, RED!

I found this blue-toned red to compliment my hue beautifully. Which is no easy feat as some reds make me look scary. Formula wise, I found it to be interesting because while it looks and applies like a gloss, it feels like a moisturizing and highly pigmented lipstick once on the lips. At the same time, it lasts like a stain. Word?!  I’ve never seen such a gloss with so many characteristics. I literally had to scrub my lips to get the gloss off. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’d much rather have a lipgloss that requires some work to get off than have one that disappears 20 minutes after application.

Just like its sisters, the lip lacquers have the pretty crystals secured and chillin’ on the tops of the wands.

And lastly, there was the lip scrub.

Ah yesss, lip scrubs. Lip scrubs are essential to life. I know that sounds out there but girlfriend, they are. And everyone should have a good lip scrub in their lives. This sugar-based lip scrub retails for $9.99, which is perhaps the one product that I believe may be a bit overpriced. But does it scrub? Um yeah….

It has a nice scent to it. Especially if you like peppermint. It goes on easily and rinses off thoroughly. There is a bit of a film left behind which I found great for moisturizing the lips. But if you’re ready to top your lips off with a lipstick or gloss, you’d have to wipe le lips with a hand towel or tissue.

Overall? I think Luax Cosmetics is doing a darn good job for having only been around for 3 months. I’m impressed and I love the uniqueness of the product packaging. It’s memorable, fun and classy. It’s a super girly brand that I can’t wait to see go to the top. I’d love to see an Ingredients tab on their website and that’s only because I’m a blogger who loves reading her ingredients. Plus, when you’ve got allergies and skin issues, you want to know what you’re getting when you play around with a new products.

If you’re in the mood to try some new brands – check out Luax Cosmetics! Visit their website here.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 51

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!

Prime Beauty – reviews the June GlossyBox and has one to giveaway too!

Phyrra – Phyrra feels a sin comin’ on. Oh wait! That’s just Sinful for Her by Tru Fragrance.

Vampy Varnish – Get your potty-mouth on with this new nail lacquer from Sheswai and it’s cruelty free!

we heart this – it may not be beauty, but we bet you feel beautiful (and clever) sporting this clutch purse that you made yourself. Oh, yes you did!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares 7 hot picks from the brand new Maybelline nail lacquer collection, Color Show!

Clumps of Mascara – already has a Clarisonic but she’s in looooove with these. How gorgeous and summery are these shades?

EauMG – Check one of Victoria’s favorite perfumes for the heat, L’Artisan Parfumeur Batucada.

Gouldylox Reviews – This BB Cream does a great job of staying in place all day, but has one other major drawback.

Lipglossiping – nags more of her readers to share their favourite red lipsticks in her regular Red Lipped Readers series.

Nouveau Cheap – A collection of jumbo eyeshadow pencils from the drugstore in rich, vibrant colors that don’t crease, smudge or smear even after eight hours? Oh yes, it’s true.

Pink Sith – managed to spend less than $20 on a full face of makeup? Check out the 79 cent blush/bronzer she picked up from Sally Girl Cosmetics.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet, gentle and discriminating blogger in person! Check out The Ultimate Makeup for info on makeup, fashion and all things pretty!

Question of the Week:

What product(s) do you use to clean your makeup brushes?

 

B says, “I keep it simple and use fragrance-free dish liquid. And that’s WHEN I remember to wash my brushes. Which is hardly ever. Ha! “

Please say you’re better than me about washing those brushes. What do you use?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Pampering Yourself While Saving Money – it IS possible.

I’m not big on buying myself a lot of stuff. Never have been. Perhaps one day when I’ve paid off all of my student loans, my car note and debt, I won’t feel so guilty about buying a host of beauty baubles and random stuff. But every now and then Esposo reminds me that it’s okay to treat myself to a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.

Really? Who knew?!

And then I thought about  it -I do pamper myself sooooometimes. But I’m usually doing so in a way that will save money. And here’s how…

I buy beauty stuffs ONLY when they’re on sale –  I’m a saver by nature and I tend to appreciate purchases more when I get ‘em on sale. Doesn’t everyone though? No one brags about paying full price for anything.

Stash gift cards and use them when you need a fix – Yup, I STILL have gift cards that I received over the holidays. When family members and friends start passin’ them out, I hide them and don’t even think about pulling them out until March hits. I’ve actually got 3 left to department stores and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using  one this weekend.

Shop at a friend’s house – Yep, I’ve mentioned this one before. If you’ve got a friend that’s into beauty, fashion or jewelry as much as you are, you better make use yo! I love swapping gently-used and products I’ve never used with my girlfriends. I get to get rid of things I’m not even using and I get to get some new things as well – ALL for the $free.99.

Best ways to pamper yourself without going into debt – name ‘em!

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam

 

 

Giveaway Winners! Eucerin Skincare + Braun Epilator

The giveaways have been a flyin’ this season on Clumps. And why not? It’s summer time, Clumps recently turned 5 years old and oh yeah – y’all deserve it. If you didn’t win this go ’round, worry not. I’ve got some more fabulouuuuus giveaways up my sleeve. Congrats to the following ladies!

Miami Event – The Garnier Greener Tour

My homegirl and Miami blogger Jewel of Jewel’s Fab Life is hosting the Garnier Greener Tour this Friday from 4pm-6pm in Miami. I’m all kinds of jealous that I can’t attend. It’ll be an epic event for several reasons…

  • The beauty pimped out Garnier bus will park its sexy self at a Walmart parking lot. What’s inside the bus? Garnier goodies, cupcakes and information on how we can recycle our cosmetic packaging.
  • TerraCycle’s partnership with Garnier means there will be bins on site to encourage you to bring old shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bottles to recycle.
  • Hairstylists will be on site in case you’d like to upgrade your locks a bit.
  • There will be plenty of games and activities.
  • You’ll get to hang out with Jewel!

 

The event is absolutely free but you do need to RSVP to confirm your attendance. If you make it – tell Jewel I said “hi!” For more information, check out Jewel’s post here.

 

 

BRAVE – The Movie: And why you HAVE to see it…

Brave was soooooo good. I could really end my review of this film right there but y’all would be mad at me. Seriously though – it’s no surprise that I’d love this movie. What’s not to love about a movie of a cute little curly redhead with a powerful voice and a mind of her own?

I got the opportunity to see a press showing of Brave last week and the movie totally exceeded my expectations. I mean, yes I knew Disney would hit it out of the park (don’t they always?) but Brave’s storyline was completely different from any other Disney movie I’ve seen. And don’t ask me how many I’ve seen. Probably more than you. Just sayin’… :P

I saw the film in 3D and if you’re like me, you’re probably like “Ugh…not this 3D thing again.” I’m not a fan of watching movies in 3D because after 10 minutes, my eyes start crossing, I get all nauseous and it just gets to be uncomfortable. Luckily, Pixar and Disney have masterfully created this film so that while you’re watching it in 3D, you don’t have any thing popping out at you. If anything, the 3D effect brings the picture to life but in a real and beautiful manner. I thoroughly enjoyed not having bows go a flyin’ over my head in 3D.

The story. Ohmigoodness, the story… while not to give too much away, I will say it was refreshing that the true love story wasn’t between a price and princess. I’m a lush, so yes, I adore those kind of movies but Brave focused more on the love between a Mother and daughter. Princess Merida just wants her Mom to listen and you know how Moms are. Oftentimes they do more lecturing than listening. Their interaction reminded me a lot of how my Mom and I can be so um yes…I was or was not caught dropping tears during the movie.

The beauty of Scotland was captured in such a spectacular way that I was ready to start planning a trip. Humorous and heartfelt, Brave is the kind of movie that even those of us without kids will enjoy. The kiddies will enjoy it too of course. There were a few dark and scary scenes that may upset little ones but nothing they’ll remember throughout the movie.

Brave is currently in theaters so you’ll definitely want to add it to your summer blockbuster “Must See” list.

Any big kids out there see Brave yet?

*While Esposo and I received press passes to view this movie, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway! Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator!

I’m keepin’ it real up in this post. Then again, I pride myself on being that way in all of my posts. I mean, seriously…if I wanted to be all “proper” in the way that I wrote, I would have finished grad school, right? Hmph. So yeah. A few weeks ago, I was granted the opportunity to review the Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator. Don’t y’all laugh but while I’ve heard of an epilator, I never really knew what they did. In my mind, I figured that were similar to electric razors but that’s as much as I knew.

After doing some research, I discovered that epilators were the choice devices in hair removal for many women. And for good reason. Epilators quickly removing unwanted hair from the root effortlessly making it 10x better than shaving. I’ve never done any waxing (oh, except my brows) but using an epilator is supposed to be easier than waxing because you don’t have to deal with the clean up. Plus, those that use epilators say that it takes so much longer for the hair to grow back then it does when shaving. Which, for me, is a total perk and it was the one of the main reasons I couldn’t WAIT to try my epilator.

And tried I did.

With its many positives, there is one downfall to the epilator. The pain aspect. Mind you, I am a woman that knows pain. I endure excruciating migraines regularly, have had menstrual cramps from hell, have several tattoos and piercings and have broken a number of fingers during childhood. Shots in the gums, bum and arm don’t scare me either. I thought I’d be a good candidate for the epilator since my pain tolerance is pretty high.

Girl, I couldn’t do it.

I tried a total of 6 times to use the epilator and each time I winced in pain. I tried using it on my underarms AND legs and had such a hard time finishing. I decided that the pain wasn’t worth it. After all, I’m a woman that doesn’t freak out over a little stubble. We’re human. We’re mammals. We grow hair. I’m okay with that.

But despite my painful experience with the epilator, I still wanted to grant one of my readers with the opportunity to try one out. One of my greatest friends can’t stop raving about hers and has told me that while it is painful in the beginning, it does get easier. Apparently, I am too much of a punk to keep trying to get to that “easier” point. Oh well.

Maybe you’ll be a bigger woman than me. Braun is sponsoring this giveaway and 1 lucky gal will get 1 Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator.

This epilator comes with so many fantastic bells and whistles and I wish my cry baby self could stop whinning and get to using. My pain could be your gain though. Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Giveaway Winners! Q-tips + Sephora.com gift card giveaway

Nothing rocks more than being able to host giveaways for my favorite people – you guys! And with every giveaway, I’m slightly annoyed at the fact that EVERYONE can’t win. But alas, where would the fun in that be? I was only able to choose 3 winners from the Sephora.com gift card giveaway. The following ladies were the lucky ones….

 

Charlotte in Louisiana


Christian in Arizona


Keisha in Maryland

 

Congrats to those gals! If you didn’t win this time, fret not because I’ve got more giveaways a comin’.