Neiman Marcus Beauty Blogger Breakfast

The Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida do it again! We managed to get together and have a phenomenal day learnin’ and chattin’ about beauty. When we usually get together, the group, as a whole run the show. This past Saturday, Neiman Marcus in Millenia Mall here in Orlando were so gracious to host us. I know, right? How awesome is that? What we thought would have been us just glancing at pretty beauty baubles turned out to be an experience.

Don’t hate me if you get a tad bit envious looking at these pics. Say you Promise….

That picture is courtesy of my darling sister Courtney over at Phyrra. Okay so yeah – I thought we’d go in the glitzy and glamorous Neiman Marcus, check out their new beauty products and be on our merry ways. Girl no. First they treated us to breakfast complete with mimoas in shimmering glasses…

…and coffee for the gals in need of energy boosts.

Those that arrived early chit-chatted and snapped photos as we waited for the event to get started…

You can’t tell me Su’s nail jewel on her pinky isn’t the hottest thing you’ve ever seen. Hotness!!

The school bell rung and our wonderful beauty principle gave announcements. We would be split up in 4 groups and would circle the beauty department; all while getting mini presentations about several brands. YES!!! But before we departed, we were sent off with notepads…

Cute, ri?

First stop was Lancome, Kiehl’s and YSL.

Of course we all know I love me some Lancome but it was Kiehl’s that blew my mind a bit. How have I never tried any of their products? Fail, B. Fail. And YSL, of course has one of the best mascaras that I have ever tried. Every one of their products scream class. The representative of each brand schooled us on not only the history of each brand, but their newest products as well. These ladies knew their stuff!

Next we scooted on over to Giorgio Armani…

Le Meiter de Beaut…

…and a showcase of some of the newest and most popular fragrances in Neiman Marcus.

First of all, I NEED all of the lippies in Mr. Armani’s newest collection. Secondly, I know I’m not much of a fragrance wearer (not by choice…perfumes usually trigger migraines) but I was thisclose to buying Elie Saab’s newest.

Thisclose.

The bell rung and we weren’t scent (haha, get it?) to third period where we experienced a lil’ Chantecaille…

Estee Lauder…

Bobbi Brown…

…and Kate Sommerville.

Yes finally! I finally know how to say Chantecaille correctly. This brand was perhaps my favorite of all of the new ones I was introduced to because it’s cruelty-free and preservative-free. Both are hard to find among higher-end cosmetics and I respect a brand that can do this while producing superb cosmetics with pretty packaging.

Kate Sommerville is all about skincare. Fancy shmancing skincare at that…

The bell rung and we were sent to 4th period where I was introduced to Tom Ford’s fragrances…

I’ve heard of his cosmetic line (not currently sold in Neiman Marcus) but didn’t know that he had a fragrance line too. Ah-mazing!

Laura Mercier…

Don’t even get me started on the love I have for this brand. Don’t even! I practically shrieked when I rolled up on the LM counter. What can I say? I still find that foundation to be one of the best I’ve tried. Ever.

Chanel…

What an adorable collection. And can you believe that outside their polishes and mascaras, I haven’t tried anything else from Chanel? What the what?

…and we ended the school day with a little Trish McEvoy.

We were then gathered for recess where we all went to take a peek at Deborah Lippman’s newest polishes.

And because I’ve owned three and sing their praises, I took a pic of my skincare BFF.

What a fantastic way to spend a Saturday! I got to hang out with my girls AND learn a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ on the beauty level. I left Neiman Marcus with a Ice Cube smug on my face like  “It was a good day.” Indeed it was.

Shouts out to the Neiman Marcus team who allowed us to the opportunity to do something like this. Being a blogger has its perks but when department stores open their doors early to allow you to get behind the scenes on their products, well, you feel all fuzzy wuzzy inside.

See any brands you like?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 48

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!

Gouldylox Reviews – Just in case your beach plans fell through this weekend, here is a list of everything you’ll need to prepare for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – A nail art stamping kit for under $2? Seriously? It’s true!

Pink Sith – Goes all 50 Shades of Gray on you with her review of the newest Agent Provocateur L’agent fragrance. However she does not use the term “inner goddess”, thank goodness!

Prime Beauty – shows you how to look good nude with the LORAC Unzipped Palette!

Phyrra – Phyrra’s story has a happy ending with Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale Collection.

Vampy Varnish – Even though Kelly gets sea-sick, the new limited edition MAC Hey, Sailor! Collection makes her want to get all nautical.

Beauty Junkies Unite – What summer nail polish shades will you want from Essie’s new ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection? Amber’s pick: Mojito Madness!

Clumps of Mascara – loves OPI’s Mickey Mouse nail polish collection. Check out these pretty pinks.

Question of the Week:

What product will you definitely be sporting at some point this weekend (a holiday in the US)?

 

B says, “Lip balm. Aaaaaand that’s it. ;)

What say you?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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Cos Bar now at Target!

Yo yo yo! Where my Target beauty lovers at? I have this ritual. Every Saturday morning after I leave the gym. I go to Target. For no real reason either. It’s own my way home. That’s reason enough, right? I also like to take some peeps at the new additions down the beauty lanes.

If you’re a regular Target beauty shopper, you see some awesome new finds from The Shops of Target. Target has partnered with several business owners of speciality stores to give customers the opportunity to purchase some really cool products. One of those businesses is Cos Bar.

Native to NYC, owner Lily Garfield moved to Aspen and launched Cos Bar. It’s a groovy brand and I’d love to see a boutique with products like these in my streets. The collection includes a ton of beauty baubles including body care products, bath accessories, beauty tools, manicure essentials and cosmetic bags. I’m featuring a few of the goodies from the line.

Oh! And if you’re a budget-conscious gal like moi, each product is under $20. Hollaaaaa!

Skincare wise, Cos Bar has everything from body washes to body butters. This Orange Citrus Body Butter ($6) smells divine…

….a little bit of Cos Bar history.

And ingredient-wise…

I thought this brand would be a little more on the preservative-free side but alas it’s not. :(

But still, it’s a fragrant body butter (and not overly fragrant either) that does a great job at bustin’ ash without the greasy feeling. So that’s good. For zee eyebrows, Cos Bar has these adorable tweezers…

For $4, they do a darn good job at a pluckin’! Careful though…after a few uses, the print started to rub off a bit.

Which made me drop a tear. I get emotional over things like that. Cos Bar also has falsies!

*gulp* I have yet to master the art of applyin’ and rockin’ lashes but I have declared 2012 as the year for when I start rockin’ the falsies. That said, stay tuned for a review of these. A pair of 3 falsies ain’t bad for $9. Am I right?

Cos Bar also has some nail polishes and y’all KNOW I’ve got to check those out. I’m anxious to do some more peering at peering at Cos Bar and since I’m at my neighborhood Target at least twice a week, that’ll be easy. I am so impressed with Target’s ability to show entrepreneurs some love by bringing their products in stores nationwide. As if I needed another reason to love big red. 8)

It’s moving day!

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Yes again. If you’ve been reading Clumps since 2007, you’ve seen me go through 6 moves in 2 states and 3 cities. Bananas, right? While a lot of people are still in the same home they grew up in, I haven’t lived in the same house for more than 2 years since I graduated from high school.

Which of course means I could probably teach a class on “How To Move Your Life Without Loosing Your Mind”. Seriously. This move, however, is a special once because this it’s “our” first place together. When we got married Epsoso moved in on my former bachelorette pad and when that lease ended we couldn’t move quickly enough to secure a larger house. One that gave me a beauty room and office and Esposo a studio.

So yeah. My arms are beyond sore and how my legs are still functioning is beyond me. Wish me luck!

Oh! And I’ll need lots of advice on beauty room decor so stay tuned for those posts. Have a great weekend!

How do I save on beauty buys? Glad you asked!

I’m cheap. Yeah, I said it and I’m not ashamed. I’ve been a frugal somethin’ ever since I’ve been on my own and I make no apologies about it. And if anything, 4 years of college taught me how to stretch a dollar. Don’t believe me? Give a college student $10 and see how they can manage to put gas in their cars, eat dinner AND rent a movie. Seriously.

And despite being a beauty blogger who loves higher-end products and drugstore deals, I have managed to learn how to save on those beauty goodies. And here’s how….

  • I buy multipurpose products. For realsies. Is my shampoo suitable to also be used as a face wash and body wash? Yup!
  • I shop at my friend’s houses. I have a girlfriend that is forever getting rid of beauty goodies to make room for new goodies. One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure. I need a new blush and instead of spending $14 on the one I’ve got my eyes on, I shop a girlfriend’s beauty bag and score the one she’s barely touched. Hollers!
  • I only buy things that are on sale or if I have a coupon. I blame Mama Clumps for this one. My eyes usually only target products or stands that have displays with the word “SALE” glowing above them. I don’t care if I’m at a drugstore or department store, I’ll wait a few weeks until my item of choice goes on sale before I even consider purchasing it.
  • I keep inventory. Okay. I know you’re going to laugh at me but this can actually be REALLY helpful. Keeping inventory of the products I have helps me decide what I need and don’t need.
  • I make a monthly budget. No one likes budgets. And you know it’s true. In the perfect world, we’d want to spend as much money as we could without ever going to debt. But this isn’t a perfect world and so as “adult” as they sound, budgets keep me on track. I have finally goten to a place where I really stick to ‘em too. Spend only $50 a month on beauty products? No problemo!

What are some of your budget basics and how do you save money on the everyday things? Tell me!

 

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

Clumps will be snoozin’ a bit this week….

This season's snooze is totally inspired by Meiko. She's knocked OUT.

 It’s that time of year again….

Twice a year or so I get beyond busy on my blog work and find myself with no material. It’s usually because of traveling, planning events or moving (I am currently doing all 3) and sometimes poor Clumps has to get in the backseat. But worry not – while posts will be slower than usual, I’ll still be cranking them out and if you promise to love me forever, I just maaaaaay put up a freaking AWESOME giveaway.

In the meantime, if you’re not getting enough of your Clumps fix, you can always politely stalk me on Twitter, post your beauty hauls on the Facebook page or see what I’m up to on Instagram.

Oh! And considering I am finally getting my own beauty room/Clumps office, I’m going to be needing a lot of ideas for organization and storage. Help a sista out yo.

Have a fantastic Monday. Even if it’s Monday.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 46

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!

Beauty Junkies Unite – You tell us: Is the new China Glaze Summer Neons collection hot or not? Check out the review and swatches and let us know!

Clumps of Mascara – has finally come across a mascara that wow-ed her so much that she gave it a 5 out of 5. And guess what? It’s a drugstore mascara!

Gouldylox Reviews – has discovered THE facial you want if you want to look fabulous for an event or remind someone what a mistake it was to end the relationship. Plumped lips, raised brow, firmer jaw and no pain. I can see why Madonna travels with one of these beauties on tour.

Krasey Beauty – wants you to win awesome prizes from Amazon.com Be sure to enter her giveaway!

Lipglossiping – puts Bobbi Brown’s new long-wear eye pencils to the test against a well-known budget brand and concludes that you should save your pennies!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a bold and daring magenta-purple lipstick to wear this summer? The answer might be as close as your nearest drugstore.

Pink Sith – turns an otherwise boring review about a facial toner into a fun extravaganza by adding in Will Wheaton, Jazz Hands and Thor!

Prime Beauty – harvests the fruits of the Lipstick Tree with Tarte’s Gifts From The Lipstick Tree Trio—the perfect summer pop of color!

Phyrra – has great photo tips for beauty bloggers.

Vampy Varnish – thinks if you like mini nail polishes, you might like the new Urban Decay Showboat Nail Kit for summer!

we heart this – have a passion for fashion? Swing on over to we heart this; we’re looking for a new fashion writer. And psst…we pay in makeup!

Question of the Week:

List every beauty item that’s in your purse at this very moment.

 

B says, “Okay, how about 5 because I have a looooot.

-L’Occitane hand cream
-LUSH Karma solid perfume
-Revlon Lollipop Lip Butter
-CND Solar Oil for the cuticles
-MAC Lipliner in Vino”

What’s up in your purse, girlfriend?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 45

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!

Vampy Varnish – Love Tim Burton movies? Then maybe you’ll also love the new NYX The Crimson Amulet Palette which was inspired by the upcoming Dark Shadows movie!

we heart this – A $5.99 nail polish that looks exactly like flickering candlelight? Oui, Je T’Aime from the new Mattése Elite Mon Amour collection is c’est magnifique!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber will give four lucky Beauty Junkies Unite readers their own set of the new Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips in the latest giveaway. These new $60 Whitestrips promise to whiten as well as a $500 professional in-office procedure!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away not 1, not 2 but TEN Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation palettes. Want to win one? Enter today!

Gouldylox Reviews – Next month, bareMinerals is launching new colors in their READY line. Check them out early here!

Nouveau Cheap – is a sucker for a good gimmick. So come find out if this latest lip color gimmick actually works.

Phyrra – releases her inner wildcat with Honeycat Cosmetics.

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite bronzer and/orhighlighter?

 

B says, “It’s an oldie but goldie but I still love Bobbi Brown’s Brownie Shimmerbrick. ‘Twas the most expensive highlighter I’ve ever purchased but I’m still getting good use out of it. NARS Albatross is freaking awesome too.” 

What’s your favorite highlighter or bronzer?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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