Zoya Magical Pixie collection

Spring is here and while I know a great deal of the U.S. is still dealing with frigid temps, this Floridian barely got any dealings with snow this past Winter. I was in NYC in February and that slushy snow stuff was enough to drive me back to my palm trees and blue skies. Zoya’s Magical Pixie collection is technically a Spring collection, but its sparkle and luster looks very much like a Winter collection.

Zoya Magical Pixie collection

Or is it just me?

Zoya Magical Pixie

Either way, I was excited to get the chance to review this stunning collection.

Zoya Lux nail polish

Lux is a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles. I always said that if I’m going to wear a pink nail polish, it is going to be a stunning one like this babe. Tough to apply? Yes. Worth the effort? Definitely.

Zoya Cosmo

Cosmo is a silver crystal sparkle with the same mega hex iridescent particles as Lux. I think I like this one of the 3 because the rainbow’ness (c’mon…let’s pretend that’s a word) really looks well with the silver polish.

Zoya Vega nail polish

Vega is the blue opal version of Lux and Cosmo and comes off just as stunning as the other two. This shade comes off very winter-y to me.

I did some mild photo adjusting to these to help the colors shine as the original photos didn’t have them looking like how they look in real life. They are indeed extremely sparkly. This collections reminds me a lot of a collection that Wet ‘n Wild had some years back. The sparkle keeps them from looking “matte” and as you would imagine, these are pretty rough to the touch which can make removal tricky. Otherwise, I think they are fantastic and fun to play with for those who need some extra sparkle in their nail polish collection.

Each polish goes for $10 but you can get the entire collection for $30.

Are you into the chunky sparkle look?

How Can A Nail Polish Collection Be So…Fine?

Have y’all heard of the brand Cirque? I’m not sure if I’ve featured them too many times on Clumps but I’ve purchased several of their polishes simply because they speak to me. I’m not even kidding. Every time they come out with a collection, I just hear….”Buy me, buy me.” And I buy them.

They recently announced the launch of their newest collection and I just had to share a few of the pics that landed in my inbox. Brace yourself…

Cirque

Cirque Panacea

Cirque Xochitl

Cirque nail polishes

You’ll have to visit their site to see the rest of the collection, but I am really trying to figure out if I NEED any of them. I mean, obviously…YES, I do need a few, but which ones? Holos do it to me every time. They are my favorite formula and I’m just putty in the hands of brands that come out with them.

They’ll be like “Here’s a holographic polish for $359 a bottle.” And I’m all…

Shut Up and Take My Money

And unapologetically so. Bop on over to Cirque to see the rest of this stunning collection. And tell your wallet I apologize.

Yeah.

IMAN CC Correct & Cover Powder to Creme Concealer – 5 Reasons Why You May Want To Buy It

IMAN CC Correct & Cover Powder to Creme Concealer

I used to think concealer was pointless. It seemed like an added and unnecessary step. Especially for those of us who really don’t want to spend hoursssss getting ready in the morning. But I received a press sample of this and once again, IMAN Cosmetics has won my heart with another amaziiiiing product of theirs and so I am giving you 5 reasons why this concealer is fantastic.

IMAN CC Cover

1. It stays put. Because the powder turns into a creme, you don’t have to worry about it oozing down your face. You can set it…and forget it!

2. The powder makes for fantastic application and the creme makes for great longevity.

3. A little goes a long way. Just a tap on fingertips provides enough product for me to conceal under both eyes.

4. It does a great job at brightening the area under the eyes. If I’m going to use a concealer under my eyes, I also want it to make that area appear brighter. This works!

5. It plays nicely with my powder. Some concealers are snobs and don’t like to make friends with foundations. Not the case with this stuff. She is such a sweet heart and complements my powders beautifully.

IMAN CC on hand

IMAN CC blended

Not too bad, huh? I’m wearing Earth Medium, the 4th spectrum of the 5 that IMAN is giving us. The only problem I have with IMAN Cosmetics is that sometimes it can be a bit difficult finding their products in stores. While some Targets and drugstores regularly stock IMAN stuff, others only carry a limited supply or nothing at all. Boo and double boo. But this is why the World Wide Web can be your friend. You can score this stuff at Drugstore.com for $15.

The one downfall? I wish the packaging for this was different.

IMAN CC Correct

I’m not sure how brands can effectively give us a powder to creme concealer but I’m not sure this one works. Do I use my fingers each time and risk contaminating the whole jar? Do I use a sponge-y thingie or Beauty Blender and not get the powder benefits? See the dilemma?

Either way, still another fantastic product from IMAN Cosmetics.

Green For St. Patrick’s Day

A few of the ladies in my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group have decided to get together and show off some of our green makeup looks. I almost wanted to do a pretty green eye shadow look, but uh…I got lazy. LOL! Maybe next year. Instead, I decided to show off one of my favorite green nail polishes…

Cult Nails Deal With It polish

Cult Nails’ Deal With It. I adore everything about this polish. Its subtle shimmer makes it wearable for all complexions. And it applies beautifully. As do most Cult Nails polishes. I wanted to do a nice design but the few design skills that I have developed over the years have somewhat disappeared.

Cult Nails Deal With It

Check out what some of the other ladies have done….

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The Best Nail Polish Top Coat Everrrr

I am such a snob, y’all. In the almost 7 years that Clumps of Mascara has been around, I have always used my own photos in posts. Every now and  then I’ll use a stock photo, but for the most part I use my own pics. It’s just how I roll. I like taking product photos that give readers an idea of how the product looks in real life. However, don’t judge me but today you’re getting a stock picture. And it’s only because I had this, used it, trashed it and forget to review it.

Manicure Booster

Image Source: Sephora.com

My bad. So yeah…how can I make this short and sweet? This Manicure Booster stuff is awesome. Buy it. No really. Buy it. Without putting you to sleep with its description, the Manicure Booster is really just a nail polish top coat on steroids. I have gone a week without having my nail polish chip on me when I’ve used this stuff. It’s just great.

And yeah, I know, the price tag of $21 has you all like “WTF…$21 for a nail polish top coat?” Yes, girl. I know. Sometimes the best things in life aren’t free. Or cheap. Sometimes you get what you pay for and if you get and pay for this, I guarantee that you’ll love it.

See this mani?

OPI Care To Danse

I have been wearing it since Friday night. It has not budged one bit. Impressive, no? I’ll be ordering more of this glorious polish as soon as payday Friday hits.

I know I’m not the only one that liiiiiiives for payday Friday. Friday is already pretty epic on its own but payday Friday? Giiiirl….

Poppin’ Pimples with Clinique

I’m 29 years old. And I get more acne now than I did when I was 19. Which is a cruel cruel trick. The crazy thing is…I take more care of my skin now than I did back then so you would think that my skin would be better, but yeah no.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Our beloved Clinique has recently launched their new Acne Solutions Clinical line and they say that the results of these products are as good as prescription acne drugs. Major claim, guys. I got a sample of the Clearing Gel and have been dabbing it on a pimple for the past few days.

Like many acne treatments, the main ingredient in this stuff is salicylic acid. The fragrance-free gel is lightweight, cooling and dries almost immediately after applying it to skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel packaging

I’m a bit surprised that Clinique is just now giving us a line of products specifically for targeting acne. In addition to helping prevent future breakouts, the gel also has sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents. Basically, if you’re looking for a mega acne busting gel, this stuff won’t disappoint.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel on skin

If you’ve never visited Clinique.com, check it out because the reviews on the site practically sell the products. I’m serious. The gel is relatively new so the reviews are being cranked out just yet but give it time.

This stuff is pretty awesome and if should be at your local Clinique counter now and on Clinique.com.

Soooo….who else is a grown woman with acne? I know I’m not the only one.

OPI Gwen Stefani nail polish Collection

When I first heard about OPI doing a collection with the iconic Gwen Stefani, I was all like…”What took so long?” I mean, honestly…she should have had her own collection a long time ago, am I right? I actually had to sit down and explain who No Doubt was to my coworker’s little sister the other day and uh…I felt old. No Doubt rocked my high school years. I played Rock Steady daily. Love.Angel.Music.Baby gave me life. Gwen is my girl and when I did cartwheels (lol, not really tho) when press samples of this 7-piece collection landed in my mailbox.

OPI Gwen Stefani collection

Let’s do a quick overview of these babies…

OPI I Sing In Color nail polish

I Sing In Color is a dark and vampy red. And even in the dark, it still looks red which is a big deal in my book. It reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ Lamestain and it is just as sweet in that it doesn’t bleed into my cuticles. LOVE!

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby nail polish

Love.Angel.Music.Baby is a gold matte with a satin-y formula and lemme tell you, I’ve never been a fan of golds but this one is goooorgeous. I’ve always been a fan of OPI’s satin formula. They do it beautifully. I’ve been meaning to do a look with this gold and black. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be?

OPI Hey Baby nail polish

Hey Baby is a bright pink creme and there really isn’t much to say about this this one. You know how I feel about pinks. They are all starting to look the same at this point….

OPI In True Stefani Fashion

In True Stefani Fashion is a silver glitter with a nice amount of holographic glitter dumped in. I layered it over Hey Baby and it adds a nice little sparkle. It’s just an average glitter, though. Definitely something that most nail polish lovers probably already own.

OPI 4 In The Morning nail polish

4 In The Morning is a black satin. This has been done before but as I’ve mentioned, no one does this satin nail polish formula like OPI. This is such a perfect fit for Gwen’s collection. It’s smooth, sexy and applies like a dream.

This collection also features Push and Shove, a silver chrome and Over & Over A-Gwen, a red creme. Push and Shove comes in a set with a base coat and the silver chrome. It’s a beautiful chrome but somehow I found the lasting power to be only so so. And we all know OPI does reds beautifully so Over & Over A-Gwen is just fantastic.

I love everything about Gwen so I would have loved more umph in this collection. I do like the use of various texture and formulas and the shade ranges are nice, but I don’t know…this is Gwen we’re talking about. I need some more shock factor!

This collection is currently available anywhere OPI is sold. I’ve spotted every shade at Ulta for $9. Push and Shove goes for $14.99 because it wants to be all fancy and whatnot.

Any Gwen lovers out there? What do you think? Did this collection do her justice?

WHAT? How Have I Not Tried Yes to Carrots?

First of all, I am a bit embarrassed at having never tried the brand Yes to Carrots. I mean, seriously? Am I deserving of the beauty blogger title? I’m not sure, girls. But when a press sample of this landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t help but get geeked up and here’s why…

Yes To Carrots

(1) It’s fragrance free and (2) It’s fragrance free!

People think I’m trying to be all hip and cool by preferring only fragrance free products, but I promise I’m not. Fragrances don’t bode well with my problematic skin and even if I didn’t have THOSE issues, I’ve got the “fragrance so strong that I’ve entered Migraine Hell” issue. I stopped wearing perfumes years ago simply because just a spritz would send my head a spiralin’. And so I can appreciate when brands that I love and respect cater to the fragrance free lovin’ guys and girls of the world.

I’ve reviewed several facial wipes so really these aren’t crazy different from those. However, I do think that the inclusion of beta carotene (from carrots) to help maintain skin’s softness is a fabulous addition. Also included is Vitamin E which assists in moisturizing the skin.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes fragrance free

As with most facial wipes, I would recommend using your makeup remover prior to using this. While it may do a good job with removing foundation, powder and lipstick, chances are your primary makeup remover will do a better job at removing the heavy duty stuff like waterproof mascara and eye shadow primer.

Yes To Carrots ingredients

Still. For $5.99 which will grant you 25 wipes, I think these are a perfect and budget-friendly option for those who have been wanting to try facial wipes. Aaaanad, you can easily find them at Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipe

Weeeee! Now I want to try the entire line-up of Yes to Carrots stuff. What should I try next?