EcoTools has more than brushes now?

Ya’ll know how much of an EcoTools nut I am. I have just about ALL of their brushes. Every time I get an email about brushes for newbies, I recommend EcoTools. It is SO hard to find brushes that are not only that is not only affordable but are great in quality as well. Aaaand….they are green! That is something we can all love.

Well well well…my EcoTools fam is expanding and bringing us body products. I got my hands on the body splash and lotion. Are they up to par? Or should EcoTools just stick to brushes?

Blooming Planet Body Mist

Price: 4 out of 5 ($7, not bad, not bad.)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This Body Mist instantly transports you to a blooming botanical garden with a bright and fresh floral scent. Refresh your natural wellness with this captivating blend of elegant floral blooms. Smells great and feel great, inside your world and out.”

The truth:
Not bad…not bad at all!!

What I loved about it: It lasts for quite some time for a body mist.

What I didn’t like:
It’s a tad bit strong so a good spritz or two just do you good.

Overall: I like body mists. But I haven’t purchased one in quite some time. I am more of perfume and body oil kind of gal but I think body mists are wonderful for traveling or right before bed when you want a nice light scent.

I don’t know what it is about me and why I feel like I need to spritz a mist a dozen times. LOL….it’s like I feel incomplete if I don’t spray it a good 5 times or so. So dramatic, I know but this mist really does go a long way. A good pump or two should do you good.

I’m serious. More than that and people will smell you comin’ a mile away. And true to their claim, EcoTools keeps it simple on the ingredient list.

I totally recommend this mist if you are desirous of nice and clean scent.

Sustainable Softness Body Lotion


Price: 4 out of 5 ($7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“For those seeking intense moisture, look no further than this body lotion that is 98% from nature. Sustainable Softness features nourishing shea butter, which easily absorbs into skin and leaves it feeling silky and smooth. Skin will instantly feel hydrated and sustain your softness.”

The truth:
Hmmm, I can dig it!

What I loved about it: Of course I love the smell. It is very light but has a nice shea butter-y scent that I like.


What I didn’t like: The bottle is a little wonky. It is a little hard to squeeze but I would imagine it will really become difficult when I get low on product. Not the biggest problem. Just something I noticed.

Overall: Way to go EcoTools. I am so proud of you and this lotion. It’s not bad at all! I can be quite the Ash Queen when I want to be. I’m talkin’ elbows so white that it looks like I was playing in flour.

I’m being dramatic again but I like that EcoTool’s lotion can tackle my dry skin. And it is a rich lotion that does on nice and thick.

What’s in this baby, you say?


I hope that in the near future we see butters from EcoTools. They would be perfect for winter! For right now, though, I’ll continue being BFFs with the lotion.
Yay to go EcoTools!! I am glad to see them branch out from just brushes to bring us the fabulousness that is body care products. Who knows…..maybe in the near future you will bring us lipglosses and eyeliners–all green and affordable. The thought alone excites me!
What do you think? Impressed at EcoTool’s newest venture? Interested in trying?
My other EcoTools posts:
You can find these products, including a hand cream and body wash at Walgreens nationwide!

A Sweet Weekend Giveaway: M by Mariah Carey

Oh my darlings,

Please excuse my lack of posts yesterday. FOTD Friday will resume next week. I promise, I promise. Since I know you all are just devastated having not seen my face yesterday (hahaaa) I have a smashing giveaway for you.

I have a new type of fragrance to add to my perfume reviews.

I’ve reviewed J.Lo’s Deseo and Carol’s Daughter Pearl. I am still heavily rockin‘ both and I am glad to have Mariah Carey’s M to add to the collection.


How sweeeeet is this? M by Mariah Carey has toasted marshmallow notes which makes for an interesting yet pleasant scent. Topped with a darling mariposa (butterfly en Espanol) the scent is quite flirtacious and girly. I have been a Mariah Carey fan for as long as I can remember. Her Music Box album was my very first album. I even supported my girl in the movie Glitter, which the dork in me, actually liked. And I should also mentioned that M can help you watch your figure.

Don’t give me that look.

Say you are craving the mess out of some toasted marshmallows, or a funnel cake or a CinnaBon….spritz this on my neck and wrists and it will satisfy all of those cravings—at least temporarily. Don’t laugh! This is true, my darlings.

TWO lucky Clumps readers will get a chance to snag M by Mariah Carey. Check out the details below and answer this question:

What is your favorite dessert?

Details:
-Readers everywhere are eligible! International? That means you. :)
-Provide your answer and email address in THIS comment section only. My sister will choose the winners. Do NOT email me this time around.
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin‘, sister…give someone else a chance.
-No submissions will be accepted after Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be selected at random..

That’s right…this is the a quick weekend giveaway. You don’t have much time. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Good luck!!!

A Mother’s Day gift by Carol’s Daughter

Mother’s Day is right around the corner…..and while I know most of us don’t want to get all caught up in another commercialized holiday, if anyone deserves a special day, it is Mom!

Well, at least my Mom. She is greatest. Even when I pulled some crazy stunts.

-Like when I came home with tattoos and piercings after my first year of college.
-And when I changed my major….three times.
-Oh…and when I moved to the other side of the country.

Mom is my biggest fan and supports so many of my ventures. She deserves only the best. But what do you get a woman who seems to have everything? And what she doesn’t have….she makes?

Introducing…..

Carol’s Daughter’s Pearls Gift Set


What Sephora.com says this gift set:

Carol’s Daughter Pearls Gift Set allows you to experience Pearls in two forms—a fragrance and a crème. When layered together, the bergamot, lemon, and verbena tinged fragrance lasts longer and has a more vibrant scent. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Synthetic Dyes - Phthalates - GMOs - Triclosan

This is right up my Mom, the herbalist’s, alley. She loves fragrances sans the bad chemicals. And this is probably one of the BEST scents for Spring. And come on girl….you just HAVE to love the packaging.


For $49.50 you get the Pearls fragrance with body creme. My Mom will absolutely LOVE this. And since she is an active reader of Clumps…I know she is somewhere shrieking over ONE of her Mother’s Day gifts.

Love you, Mommy!!

Anyone own this or plan on getting this for that special Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Mother-in-law, friend or sister? You can find out more about this darling little gift set here.

Because Moms deserve it!


Sephora.com, Inc.

Beauty Review: Jennifer Lopez’s Deseo perfume

Day 4 of Week ‘O Review! I hope that you’ve enjoyed the week so far. Pumping out reviews is a little exciting so I may make this a trend at least once a month. What say you, people?

Let’s get to the get-down…

Remember my first (uhh…and last) perfume post? The convo was hot and heavy which made me realize that some of you fellow make-up/nail polish junkies also go nuts for fragrances. *looks around* OMG, meee too!!

My latest purchase came a good month and a half ago and it has taken everything in me to not spritz it on my neck every morning. I am that in love with it.


I didn’t want to post Jennifer Lopez’s half nekkie boom boom on my blog but whatev. Her perfume ad does the fragrance some justice.

Dig the fragrance description:
Deseo Perfume by Jennifer Lopez, Developed in collaboration with givaudan perfumers, this fragrance is inspired by a night time walk in a garden, it contains a blend of bamboo leaves, garden yuzu, sicilian bergamot and fresia. Middle notes are star jasmine, pink geranium flower, orange blossom and french mimosa. The finishing base notes include warm amber, oak moss, sandalwood, patchouli and atlas cedarwood. (source)

Finishing base note? Wow…who knew fragrances had their own terminology?

Obviously I can’t do any swatches or this baby here so you will just have to trust me when I say that it is the most amazing fragrance EVER! No, it really is wonderful. If you like that “grown woman” smell. That “boardroom, conference call, meeting in 10 minutes” smell then you will LOVE this. It’s crazy what a fragrance can do to your attitude. I actually FEEL like a grown woman wearing this stuff.

Oh no, I just read a review on this perfume and apparently this fragrance is “intended to appeal to a more sophisticated and mature demographic” (source). That means OLD! Oh well, I’ll take it. It certainly isn’t a fragrance your teenage sister would grab for and as a 23 year old, that means a lot to me. I don’t like smelling likes sugar plums and gum drops.

Eating them, however, is another story…

Yums! J. Lopez’s Deseo is definitely my fragrance of the year. This makes my 2nd fragrance purchase this year and I’m thinking about snagging one more before we see buh-bye to 2008.

What do you have your eye (or nose) on? Luxe Tips says Lancome’s Magnifique is amazing!! I will definitely be checking that one out. I’ll be traveling home to see the family this weekend and instead of toting this enormous bottle with me I have made it into an oil. Any oil fans out there? A few drops (or sprays) of your favorite fragrance mixed with the oil base of your choice (almond, olive…even vegetable!) creates a great “on the go” travel fragrance.

Gotta love it! Stay beautiful, fam!


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Let It Clump: Fragrances


This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

This is a first for Clumps of Mascara. I don’t think I’ve ever discussed fragrances. *gasp*

I remember being a little girl and sneaking into my Mother’s bathroom, stepping on my tippy toes and spritzing my little neck with whatever beautiful bottle of perfume I could find. For me, perfume bottles signified elegance.

I requested my first fragrance in Elementary School. I felt so grown up spraying a bit of Baby Love (now who remembers that?) on my wrists. By 7th grade I was all over Tommy Girl and Shi. And by high school I straight robbing Mommy’s boudoir every morning for a bit of Bvlargi, Cool Water or Chanel N’5.

Every Christmas or birthday, my family members already knew what to get me, “….a fragrance.” In college, I wasn’t bankin’ enough to purchase my own scents so I relied on the gifts. And even know, as a college graduate (um, still broke) with a little more sophistication, I find it hard to drop $50+ on a fragrance.

But that doesn’t stop me from eye-ing them in department stores, indulging in the samples (don’t act like you don’t do this…lol) and treating to myself to one or two fragrances a year.

Baby Phat’s Fabulocity was one of those fragrances that I had to have. But not because I’m in love with the self-absorbed Kimora Lee. It’s because of the freakin’ bottle. Look at it!

A diamond? Are you kidding me? I had to have it. Never mind that it wasn’t anywhere in Orlando.

Never mind that I had to do something I haaate doing (buy things online, cries). I had to have it.

So when it finally arrived I placed it on one of the floating shelves in my room. I felt like a won a trophy.

But the smell? Uh…let’s just say if you don’t mind smelling like freshly cut grass with a tinge of honey suckle on a warm Spring today, then this is the fragrance for you.

No, I’m kidding.

I think.

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this fragrance beyond the bottle. But I think it’s because I have a very picky nose. I don’t like anything too floral or too fruity. And if it smells good enough to eat, then honey I don’t want it. Walking around smelling like a cookie, baked apple pie or strawberry shortcake (yumsss) is definitely not for moi.

I can get down with Baby Phat’s first fragrance but Fabulocity is uhh….not up to par, for me.

I like smelling like a sophisticated woman something more on the lines of:

Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman

And Sean Jean’s Unforgettable Woman

….yes, I desire to smell like a woman and these fragrances definitely deliver. So if I have to go around smelling like somebody’s Momma, I’m down! No, I’m kidding. My friends used to laugh at me in high school because they said I smelled too old. Whatev. HA!

Any perfume-lovin’ folx out there?

Don’t forget to shoot me emails! I am still in Chicago and I’m sure I am mad bored going from luncheons to meetings. *sigh*

Stay beautiful!