CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.

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We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? 😛

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Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.

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Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.

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Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ’em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ’em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.

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Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….

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…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.

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I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!

 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

Plum Perfect – An App for Beauty Junkies

Soooo, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m pretty much ALWAYS connected with my phone. It’s the life of a blogger. I wake up, thank God for a new day and start feelin’ around the nightstand for my iPhone. It’s a way of life. I’ve got a gajillion apps on the iPhone but there are only a few that I use regularly. I’ve been playing around with it for a day or so but I’m starting to think that Plum Perfect may be one of those apps that I find myself checking daily.

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And here’s why…it’s an app JUST for us beauty lovers! Say whaaaat? But here’s the thing, it’s an intuitive app that actually works really well. I say “actually” because I’ve come across some pretty buggy apps that don’t seem to make the best suggestions. But Plum Perfect brought to you by BeautyStat.com is, well…perfect!

After downloading the FREE app on your download, it asks you to log-in and create an account. You’ll want to do this so that you can save whatever items you add on your wishlist. And from there, you take a pic…

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Ideally one in which your hair doesn’t look a hot mess like mine. Luckily the app didn’t judge me too harshly and shortly after uploading my picture, the app asked me which color signature best suited my complexion.

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And the options were pretty dead on too. I picked Dark; Cool & Soft Undertones and from there I got a slew of  options that would best fit my complexion. And they were spot on too. Not bad, uh? The app also allows you to shop for various beauty products by color.

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Most of the product suggestions were high-end brands but that’s okay with me because as much as I love drugstore beauty stuffs, I love Urban Decay, Lancome and Laura Mercier like the next gal. Plum Perfect is a pretty groovy app and I’ll be using it for when I need some inspiration. Sometimes I get in a bit of beauty rut and an app like this will keep me on my toes. I can dig it!

Get more information about Plum Perfect here and use the invite code: clumpsofmascara.

 

*Disclosure – This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 66

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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!

This weekend you can tweet beauty-related questions to #TMSOrlando for our very own Lipstick League members Brittany and Phyrra to answer. They will be panelists on James Vincent’s Beauty & the Blog panel at The Makeup Show Orlando. Congratulations!

Question of the Week: – Do you get excited when you finish a beauty product?

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away $140 in butter LONDON nail polishes and lippies. Crazy, uh? Enter to be eligible to win!

EauMG – Here’s a video review of the pretty lily fragrance, Cartier Baiser Volé EDP.

Lipglossiping – needs to go for a lie-down after getting hot under the collar for Dita Von Teese’s eponymous debut fragrance!

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you seen this hair gizmo? It actually works!

Nouveau Cheap – Are the new Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lip Colors much different than previous ColorStay lip colors? Come find out.

Prime Beauty – says it’s never too early to get glowing! She gets her Holiday glow on with these 5 must-have highlighters! 

Phyrra – falls in love with FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5. It’s the perfect Retinol product that works for 8 hours!

Vampy Varnish – loves the new and exclusive to Sephora Illamasqua Nail Varnishes in Cameo and Noble!

we heart this – What’s French, fabulous AND from a drugstore? RoC Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System, that’s what. We’re calling it a game changer, folks.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber gives you a peek at what’s inside the new bareMinerals ‘Simply Irresistible’ Collection for the holidays!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – She’s a fashion and lifestyle blogger but I adore Love Brown Sugar’s post on feeling beautiful in her own skin. We could all take notes on the knowledge that she’s dropping.

Question of the Week:

Do you get excited when you finish a beauty product?

 

B says, “I very rarely finish ’em. And then when I do, I’m annoyed because I have to spend more money going out to buy more. Ha! I’m weird like that.”

Okay, so who else out there doesn’t finish their beauty products? I know I can’t be the only one.

 

See you next week!

 

Giveaway! butter LONDON goodies + a sweet Friends & Family deal.

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Um, do I really have anything else to say about this? Not really. I’m too busy trying to decide what butter LONDON polishes I should add to my stash. My obsession of this brand knows no ends so I’m prettyyyy sure I’ll find something. Oh! And the polish Black Knight? You pretty much need that one in your life. I’m not even kidding. The deal starts tonight at midnight tonight so keep your eyes peeled and  get your shop on here.

If you’re already scouting out what polishes you want and ALSO want to press your luck, boyyyyy do I have one heck of a giveaway for the butter LONDON lovers. In honor of bL’s Friends and Family deal, I’ve got an awesome easy-to-enter giveaway for my U.S. readers. Here’s what you’ll have a chance of winning…

Lips & Tips gift set
Holiday Lippy Trio gift set
Holiday Lacquer Trio gift set
Tops and Tails set

That’s over $140 in butter LONDON goodies! Just enter the Rafflecopter and be eligible to win. Giveaway closes Wednesday, November 7th. Good luuuuuck!

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Not an industry-professional and want to go to The Makeup Show Orlando? Here’s how…

I’m doing this giveaway alongside some of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida sisters. The Makeup Show Orlando is this weekend and I am beyond excited! I get to check out some of my favorite brands and sit on a panel talking about what I do best…beauty blogging. Yes y’all. I am geeked up!

While The Makeup Show is an industry-exclusive event (meaning it is open to makeup artists, estheticians, photographers, brands, etc), this giveaway is unique in that you can be a regular ‘ole beauty lover to be eligible to win. Yep! Here’s what ya gotta do…

 

1. Purchase your ticket here. They are $35 for a one-day ticket.
2. At the bottom of the registration form, in the question “HOW DID YOU HERE ABOUT THIS EVENT?” click “OTHER” and write Clumps of Mascara.
3. Come back to the Clumps of Mascara and enter the Rafflecopter.

 

It’s that simple! You’ll not only score a ticket to one of the hottest beauty events in Florida but you’ll also get put in a raffle to win a Makeup Show Bag & a selective set from The Makeup Show limited edition brush line. Excited yet? Hop to it! Ticket sales stop on November 1st so you only have few days to purchase your ticket. Not planning to be in the Orlando area? Pass this along to your favorite beauty guy or girl. Good luuuuck!

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 65

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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!

Congratulations to Clumps of Mascara, Vampy Varnish and Nouveau Cheap for being featured on the new Wet n Wild Cosmetics “Beauty Ambassador Favorites” display, coming soon to a Walgreens near you! (Click the links above for pics of the display.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I’m pretty sure you’ll like this set of mini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in tarte’s new ‘Fantastic Foursome’ Blush Enthusiast Set for the holidays as much as I do!

Clumps of Mascara – is battling stretch marks with her growing baby bump. Is it a waste of time or will these products actually help combat them?

Lipglossiping – is definitely feeling the pull when it comes to Illamasqua’s lipstick in Magnetism!

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you started planning your gift lists already? Check out these lust-worthy gift ideas and stock up before they are gone!

Nouveau Cheap – Do you remember the brand Styli-Style, famous for their long-wear eyeliners? Well they’re back and under new ownership with lots of fun new products, as well as some old favorites.

Pink Sith – Confesses her love for a blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at two highly giftable must-haves from  Tarte’s Holiday Baby It’s Bold Outside.

Phyrra – shows you how to get that perfect glow with Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo.

Vampy Varnish – thinks you are going to love at least half of the new OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012.

we heart this – We’ve deemed this the best long-wearing lip product we have EVER used. Find out what it is!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite – Gel manicures are a little pricey—but my fave fashionista, Sydne Summer of Sydne Style shows you two cute ways you can extend the life of your costly mani, DIY-style!

Question of the Week:

Can you remember your first lipstick love?

 

B says, “Nope. I can’t. I stayed away from lipsticks forever because I thought they were for “old folx”. I know. I’m so lame.”

What about you? What lipstick rocked your world?

 

See you next week!

 

Guess who is on a Wet ‘n Wild beauty ambassador display in Walgreens?

I am!

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I couldn’t make it up if I wanted to. I’ve known about this for months but forgot about it until yesterday. That’s just how forgetful I am, y’all. If I’m sworn to secrecy about something and can’t talk about it for months, chances are I’ll forget. Bananas. Anyway….I’ve been a Wet ‘n Wild ambassador since last year and the brand had a nifty way of showcasing their ambassadors on a display. I am honored to be placed alongside other fabulous girls in the beauty space. How cool is this?

Emily of BeautyBroadcast.net.

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 Celly of MakeupByCelly and Becky of EverydayMakeupBlog.com.

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My beauty sister, Kelly of VampyVarnish.com and moi.

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My other beauty sister, Gianna of Nouveau Cheap.

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Moi again.

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Jacqueline of a ABrilliantBrunette.com.

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I have yet to see this display in person but one if you manage to go looking for it, it looks a lil’ somethin’ like this.

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If you manage to spy it, post a pic on the Clumps of Mascara Facebook page. This is bringing back memories from my Target display this past Spring so I am all kinds of giddy. I love when brands show bloggers love. Woo hooo!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 64

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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!

Question of the Week: – What beauty product would you immediately hoard if you found out that it was going to be discontinued?

we heart this – took a tour of Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood with MAC’s Gregory Arlt. Now, we’re sharing insider’s info about the collection (like, which Mad Men star inspired Love Goddess lipstick) and Marilyn’s beauty regime (ever wonder why she always looked so glowy? The answer will surprise you!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I have a feeling there are a few shades in the new ZOYA Ornate Collection for holiday 2012, that you would be really bummed about if you missed!

Clumps of Mascara – loves everything about Tarte Cosmetics. But their Glamzon Pure Performance Lipsticks? Whoooooa! They are absolutely heavenly.

Lipglossiping – gets hot under the collar for the new BB Cream from french skincare maestro’s La Roche-Posay.

Gouldylox Reviews – What do you think of the idea of a CC cream? I’m not making it up, it’s a thing. Find out more here!

Nouveau Cheap – gives you swatches, swatches and more swatches to help you determine if you need the new limited edition Shimmer The Night Away palette from Wet n Wild.

Pink Sith – experienced the new Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai mask set and not only did she not turn into Red Skull she managed to turn a Frugalista into a High End Diva!

Prime Beauty – embraces the Oxblood nail trend with 6 deep red polishes!

Phyrra – shows you how to get the Perfect Night Out Look!

Vampy Varnish – is trying her hand at some simple Halloween nail art using NARS Andy Warhol Nail Polish.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – The British Beauty Blogger shared a post filled with fab advice about How to be a Beauty Writer. Whether you just want to improve your own blog, or are trying to get a job that pays you for the obsessing you already do, it’s a good read!

Question of the Week:

What beauty product would you immediately hoard if
you found out that it was going to be discontinued?

 

B says, “Ummmm, Zoya’s Remove+ nail polish remover. I can’t live without that stuff!”

What about you?

 

See you next week!