Summer Inspired Nails

My Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group is back and we are all showcasing some of our favorite summer-inspired looks. I got all dolled up in makeup a few days ago working on separate project (that I shall reveal later) and I thought it was totally fitting for summer.

Clumps of Mascar rocks Summer Look

While the colors are muted, the products used are all sumer weather appropriate but when I think of summer, I think of lots of color. Y’know…the blue greens of the ocean. The shimmering red and orange of the sky as the sun sets. The burst of color from hot pink pedicures, neon oranges and bold blue purses. The sparkling stars in the midnight sky. I tried to represent it all on my nails.

Summer nail look

Polishes used:
-Orly Mint Mojito
-Orly Calypso Breeze
-Julie G Tangerine Dream
-Julie G Big Red Bow
-OPI Put A Coat On
-Nfu-Oh 53
-Lush Lacquer Clowning Around

Summer nails

In other news…I still suck at water marbling. But carry on and check out the summer inspired looks that my chicas did.

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Get this look using these polishes…

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box – June 2014 Edition

Ooooh, POPSUGAR Must Have box. I am so delighted to cross paths with you again. You are indeed the best beauty subscription box in the whole world. 

Popsugar June Must Have Box

Yes you are. Oh yes, you are! I have a bit of a connection with this subscription box. And unapologetically so because oh my…POPSUGAR knows how to do a good box. I received this free box from the POPSUGAR team and I couldn’t be more grateful. As I do with all of my subscription boxes, we will highlight how fantastic this box is and determine if it is worth $39.95 a month.

As with all of their boxes, POPSUGAR is giving is a little pampthlet to flip through to see what we can expect from this month’s box.

Popsugar Must Have Box

Inspired by the beach, citrus, barbeques and all things summer, I really like the vibe of this box. Like, a lot.

Popsugar Must Have Box Emily Griffin

My eyes immediately floated over to the book The One & Only by Emily Griffin. This girl (who, by the way will ALWAYS prefer a hardcopy book over an e-book). I haven’t read it yet but I’m looking forward to it because, well duh…it’s a book. ‘Nuff said.

Popsugar Must Have Box hair ties

Lollies Basics Hair Ties are darling, yes, but definitely not useable for a gal like me who has oooh 2 inches of hair on her head? Seriously, girls. I am all about that less hair is more thang when the summer hits but for my girls with longer locks, I’m thinking they’ll appreciate these hair ties. They could actually pass for jewelry when worn on the wrist, too. My sister wears these and is a huge fan of them.

Popsugar Must Have Box towel

And what’s a summer inspired box without a beach towel? This Turkish-T beach towel is all kind so fancy. It’s by far one of the most lightweight(est? is that a word?) beach towels that I’ve ever used and it can also be used as a wrap for cool summer evenings. Love! You can buy it separately here.

Chips! I don’t eat potato chips mainly because I have the ability to inhale an entire bag in 2.2 minutes but these One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ chips were yummy and uh…totally didn’t last long in this house. Hence why there isn’t a picture of the bag. Hahaaaa!

Popsugar Must Have Box lotion

I’ve never heard of the brand SACHAJUAN but this Shiny Citrus Body Lotion is a nice addition to the box. Far too fragrant for me, I’m thinking most lovelies will appreciate the summery scent and its promises to calm irritated skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Popsugar Must Have Box Native Union

$15 gift card to Native Union. I usually scoff at gift cards given in subscription boxes but this one is right up my alley. The brand Native Union has some very cool techy devices and I already have my eyes on one of their speakers. Yay for geek gadgetry!

Popsugar Must Have Box lemon wipes

You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes are perfect to toss in a beach bag for quick cleansing. They are smell pleasantly pretty durable and definitely kid approved. Don’t ask me how I know. :wink:

From now until June 30th, you can save $10 off a 3 month Must Have subscription using the code JUNESELECT10. Girl, get it. And now. And if 3 month is too much of a commitment, how about snagging one box? Although, I guarantee you…you’ll be hooked. This items in this box are valued around at least $114 and yet the box costs less than $40. Crazy deal. Order yours!

And in the meantime, check out my list of Must Have Inspired goodies…

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it. I have also provided affiliate links in this post.

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Urban Decay Perversion mascara review

A week ago a massive box landed on my doorstep. And yes, you may think this is the norm for a beauty blogger but this box was huge. And inside was a mascara. Okay, so not just a mascara. Urban Decay kindly sent over a darling black bag, some goodies and yeah, a mascara. Perversion mascara doesn’t get released until July 13th and I’m really not a fan of reviewing items that you lovely folx can’t get yet but…forgive me for this one.

I’m telling you now because I REALLY think you’ll want to save your pennies for this baby. Trust me on this.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Price: $22 from UrbanDecay.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Because it is top secret, I don’t have any official claims just yet but I will update this as soon as I find out.

The Truth: N/A

What I Loved About It: I really, really loved how dark this mascara is.

What I Didn’t Like: Like many mascaras that do great at volumizing, if you go overboard, you will endure spider lashes.

Overall: Way to go with this mascara, Urban Decay! I’m thinking this baby will be quite a winner. When you think of the brand UD, you may not always associate them with fantastic mascaras. Which is a shame because they really do have spectacular mascaras. Perversion puts them all to rest, though. I don’t even remember the names of their other mascaras. All I know is Perversion. Let’s talk about the wand first.

UD Perversion mascara

The wand is just okay, to me. I gave it high ratings because while there isn’t any thing spectacular about it, it doesn’t have any flaws in my book, either. UD keeps it simple with a wand that isn’t too narrow but is also wide enough with space in between the bristles to really comb through the lashes. The bristles are also stiff enough to get those bottom lashes.

Formula-wise, we’re working with perfection. It sits comfortably between thick and thin and applying it on the lashes is easy.

And then the application – a swift move through the lashes and after one coat, you are left with insanely pigmented lashes. Which is impressive after only one coat. After applying 2 coats, my lashes reallllly got out there and were lengthened and volumized. A third coat may possibly enter you into Spider Lash territory but with a mascara this good, you really don’t need a third coat.

Also, wear is fantastic and while it isn’t waterproof, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day. It really is an exceptional mascara and best fit for my girls who love dark and lush lashes. You’ll get a good amount of length and great volume but really I think the star quality of this mascara is just how dark your lashes will look. Which is a fantastic quality for a bangin’ eye look. Or you know, every day. If that’s how you roll.

 

Bare Lashes

Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 2 coats

Urban Decay Perversion after

UD Perversion comparison

Urban Decay Perversion on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah, I do. It is such a great addition to UD’s already stellar Perversion lineup.

Basically you’ll want to snag this mascara. Even if you aren’t an avid mascara wearer. You’ll love this one. And $22 ain’t cheap but you’ve spent more on coffee in a week, right? Well, I haven’t but…yeah. Bookmark this page and on July 13th, order Perversion mascara. Oh and while you are at it, check out some of the other lovely Perversion items that UD has…

 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 128

Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lipstain
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 – has found the best and cheapest glosses everrrrr. And they aren’t just glosses. They are stains, too!

EauMG – shares her “empties” from May. She actually emptied a bottle of perfume! Can you believe it?

Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve got a giveaway that every dad would approve of and it’s not too late to enter my Jord Watch giveaway!

My Beauty Bunny – Fashion blogger DressJessXO stops by and models all six hues of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. From nude to bold to neon, you’ll find one that’s perfect for you.

Nouveau Cheap – Guess who’s the latest drugstore beauty brand to jump on the jumbo twist-up lip pencil bandwagon? If you’re not over twist-up lip pencils yet, take a look at these.

Pink Sith – asks which came first? The orange or Orange? Well no matter she’ll tell you all about A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion and it’s heavenly scent!

Prime Beauty – asks–does the new bareMinerals bareSkin foundation live up to the hype? Find out in her review!

Phyrra – Want bigger badder blacker lashes? Check out the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara!

we heart this – got to attend the opening of Giada Las Vegas on behalf of Clariol Natural Instincts. If you like beauty, food and fun, sneak a peek at all the details!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Calling all Coke fans! You won’t want to miss the review & swatches of the OPI Coca-Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Danielle from the Style & Beauty Doctor is giving us a sneak peek of LORAC’s Pro Palette 2. The verdict is in and it looks like the palette will be fantastic on women of all complexions.

 

Question of the Week:

You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore. Which do you keep??

B says, “That’s a tough one but I’ll have to go with high end. Cover FX and Urban Decay carry my favorite foundations at the moment and they aren’t drugstore.”

 

What about you? Drugstore foundation or high end foundation?

See you next week!

 

 

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My Favorite Products of All Time. Like…Ever.

My poor baby, um…toddler has been sick for the past day and I did nothing but tend to her. My productive week went out of the window and I had grand plans of doing a fantastic look but well, family comes first. You get it, don’t you? And dude, nothing says love like allowing your child to throw up on you while you rub her back. I really must be a Mother because being covered in vomit wasn’t that big of a deal. I just wanted her to feel better. And she’s getting there.

Until I jump on the Productivity Train again, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite products of all time with you. This is such a short list. I mean very short. But these products are all thangs that I would purchase time and time again.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. If you click over and purchase, I may get a penny or two. Go ‘head and make me rich. :wink:

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 127

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 – has been all over these 4 skincare brands. Plus, a gel cream moisturizer? Doesn’t that just sound awesome?

EauMG – Who’s “In the House”? Arquiste Parfumeur is in the house! Here’s the second installment of this niche perfume “brand overview” feature on EauMG.

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you seen the Jennie Mai Better Than Sex Video? You need to check it out (and enter to win a Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced.) If your mascara had a voice, whose sexy voice would it have? Personally, I would hope for Charlie Hunnam and get Zach Braff.

My Beauty Bunny – Add a spring to your step this summer by winning a gorgeous pair of Sofia Z shoes! The vegan Gabriela heels feature a gold T-strap, faux stone detail and retail for $340!

Nouveau Cheap – Did the new L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara give me manga-character-inspired lashes? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – shares 15 practical beauty uses for Coconut Oil!

Phyrra – shares her Top 10 Best Lip Pencils and Crayons. Find a new favorite!

we heart this – calling all evil queens, you may want to grab some of the MAC Maleficent collection before all the other beauties snatch it.

 

Question of the Week:

What’s the most underrated product in your beauty arsenal?

B says, “COVER FX’s Illuminating Powder. I purchased this a month or so ago and haevn’t reviewed it just yet but ohmigoodnessss! It is fantastic stuff. Why don’t more people use illuminators?”

 

What have you been usin’, lovelies?

See you next week!

VIDEO REVIEW: Cover FX Illuminating Powder

Some time ago my girl Courtney over at Phyrra.net held an event at Sephora for Cover FX. It was there when I fell in love with and purchased their glorious Illuminating Powder.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder

I’m a lover of blushes and bronzers and didn’t see a real need for something like this. Until I tried it on.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder compact

Retailing for $28, you can make a whole ‘lot of magic happen with this glorious powder. And I’m singing praises about it.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder on cheeks

Check out my video review below and for more information about this powder, visit here. And don’t even get me started on their Setting Powder. Looooove!


Rock Teva At Your Next Music Festival – #ReadyToRoo

This post brought to you by Teva. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many Floridians say that flip flops are the unofficial shoe of Florida. Okay, so this may be true. I rock the flops hard while at the beach, but you certainly won’t catch me wearing them y’know…to trips to the store, out and about with the family and certainly not after dark. A girl has to maintain some kind of classiness and hey, flip flops don’t always align with the word “classy”.

The good news is, the brand Teva has a slew of comfortable and trendy sandals that are more than just your cheap pair of flops. Since 1984 Teva has been aspiring people everywhere to take your shoes…everywhere. There aren’t any limits for where you can wear Teva. You can sang a pair from Zappos and before you know it, you and your feet will be ready to take on the world. My favorite pair?

Teva Capri Sandal.jpg (photo source)

Teva has been the official footwear sponsor of the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Okay, so I’ve never been and probably won’t make it this year, but I looooove a good music festival. I love everything from the atmosphere, to the weather, closeness you feel with strangers and well, yeah…the music. There aren’t any real rules on how to experience a music festival (well, aside from all of the illegal stuff) but if I had to school a newbie, I’d drop these 3 tips with ‘em.

  • Read the schedule
  • Bring comfy blankets, chairs or towels.
  • Have cash on you.

I know you may be a fan of those acts, but who wants to stand for a good 3 hours waiting for them to hit the stage? No way, José. And always have a few dollars on you as many of the food and swag vendors don’t take cards. I would love to hear some of your music festival tips! And while you’re at it, follow #ReadyToRoo to get more music festival tips and tricks. Or…visit The Fountain!

 

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