Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect

Every now and then I like to purchase products that I know are a bit out of my budget. Just to see how they compare to my favorite drugstore lines.

See, I love higher-end products but let’s be honest…..a lot of drugstore products can knock higher-end brands out of the water. And I ain’t afraid to admit it.

Take one of Dior’s glosses as an example…


Wait—how dope is the packaging? It changes colors. Watch this.


Now it’s blue! Fierceness!


I’m not going to pretend like the gloss isn’t gorgeous because it is…


Another 398 points for awesome packaging. But as far as appearance on the lips…


Eh. $25.50 is a lot for a gloss and I really expected more. I knew this would happen. You can never go wrong with…


NYC glosses. This one in Cherrywood is under $2 and gives me a similar long-lasting shine.


That’s my “Ain’t that some bull?” look.

The verdict. Dior’s Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect lippies have beautiful packaging.

The end!!

Anyone try and glosses from Dior? Would you? Could you? Is $25 not insanely steep for a gloss? What say you?!

Let It Clump: I Am Not My Hair

Hello Clumpers it’s Tamar binging you another fun edition of Let It Clump! 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 Tamarforclumps@gmail.com

Today I’m talking about HAIR! We all have our days right? When we don’t know what to do or how to do it. But then there are those days where your hair is banging and you feel on top of the world. I have been so caught up in hair the past few years its gotten ridiculous. You name it, I’ve had it! Take a look:

So what are some of your GOOD or BAD hair days/weeks/months/?

Beauty Review: Nuturing Force blotting papers

While at The Makeup Show NYC, I came across Nuturing Force! I have been using these babies now more than ever with summer in full swing.


They come in different colors. I snagged the purple one which is infused with lavender. Hmmm… The smell isn’t too over-powering so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with your perfume or lotion.

I love that you can control how much you pull out!


I can grab a tiny strip for nose or a larger strip for my…larger forehead. HA!! And you never really know how much oil your skin absorbs until you try one of these.


Seee…..

Loves it! Well….not love the oilness that is my face. I just like that it removes the oil from my skin before it seeps in my skin and causes breakouts. Dun dun duuuun! And you know we can’t have that.

You can learn more about Nuturing Force blotting papers here.

Do you carry blotting papers around with you?
Got a favorite brand?
Tell me!

Beauty Review: L’Oreal Cream Shadow paint

Yo yo lay-dees!!

So I got a TON of responses and emails from my L’Oreal HIP matte and metallic eyeshadow duos review. Which tells me….y’all really like L’Oreal HIP. Which is a good thing. I think this is a great drugstore brand that delivers higher end quality. I highly recommend purchasing L’Oreal HIP products when they go on sale at your local drugstores. I know for a fact that Walgreens and CVS regularly have L’Oreal HIP products on sale every week or so.

Time to review the paints!

L’Oreal HIP Cream
Shadow paint in Witty

Price: 3 out of 5 ($3-$12 at drugstores, Target stores and of course, online)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Paint a new world of color with HiP high intensity pigments™ Cream Shadow Paint. Use the perfectly smooth shadow alone for luminous all over color or use as a base under HiP shadow for a more intense look.” (source)

The truth:
This is a pretty fantabulous base. Wait….forget base, it works well as an eye shadow too!

What I loved about it: The packaging makes me feel like some artist. And my face is the drawing board. HA!

What I didn’t like: There isn’t much that I don’t like about these things. Well….wait, they could be a little cheaper. Actually, a lot cheaper.

Overall: So if you are a total newb to these paints, I know you’re lookin’ around like,

“B….it looks cool and all, but what in the world does it do?”

Okay okay…let’s go back to square one. These paints can be used as an eye shadow base. Or even as a cream eyeshadow. They in assist in ensuring that the eyeshadow you do use on top of it lasts all friggin’ day. I’m talkin’ NO creasing. If you decide to wear it alone, it works well too.

They are easy to apply. You can use a stiff brush or opt for your fingers. I find that the latter works easiest. I feel more in control when I am using my fingers. While application may be easy, it is important to blend these paints in. Nothing worse than looking in the mirror and noticing that your base is unblended. It can throw off your entire look. And y’all know I know from experience. LOL!

Now let’s see this bad boy in action.

Here is L’Oreal’s Cream Paint in Witty blended on my hand….


Do you see how this color in particular doubles so nicely as a base AND a shadow? It has enough color to make for a nice neutral eye but not TOO much color to where it would dramatically change the color of an eyeshadow.

*two snaps for the kid*

My eye with nothing on it…


My eye with Witty paint on it…


And then if I’m in a hurry but want to do a little somethin’-somethin’ to the lids, I’ll pull out a fluffy brush and a brown shadow….


….and bang it out!


Apply a highlight and you are good to go.

So yeah….L’Oreal HIP paints aren’t so bad at ‘tall. I loves ‘em.

For a comparison video of L’Oreal HIP’s cream paints and MAC’s Paints, click here.

Whatcha think?
Own these things?
Where do you buy them from?
Got any other colors?

My other L’Oreal HIP product reviews:
Matte & Metallic eyeshadow duos
Color Presso lip glosses

B’Rittany is HIP (lol),

Beauty Review: Venus Spa Breeze Disposables

Hey summer mamas!

Have you had enough of the beach yet? What do you mean you haven’t gone because of your hairy legs? Giiirl, you better it together.

As a Floridian, I pretty much need to ALWAYS have my legs ready to go at any given moment. And I need a darn good razor that can rock my world and shave my legs effortlessly. Does Venus’ Spa Breeze razor do the trick? Or is a knick nack patty WACK of a razor? Dig the review.

…..and laugh at my joke. LOL!

Venus Spa Breeze Disposables

Price: 4 out of 5 ($7-$10 anywhere razors are sold)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“With a beautiful blush pink handle, Venus Spa Breeze features flexible shave gel bars infused with the clean, fresh scent of white tea to indulge the senses while providing a close shave”



The truth:
Talk about a slick shave, mama! Woo!

What I loved about it: The scratch and sniff sticker on the packaging!


Okay, I’m kidding. I won’t tell you that I peeled the sticker off and put it on the back of my cell phone. Hehehe….but seriously, this is my first time I have ever used a razor with a “built-in shave gel bar”…but you know what? I can get down with this.

What I didn’t like: Dude, where’s my top? Not top as in shirt—I mean top as in “I want to cover the razor for traveling so that when I stick my hand in my cosmetic bag, I won’t slice my left pinky.” Not that I know from experience or anything.

Overall: The Venus Spa Breeze is quite the cutie….I mean, as far as razors go. Can’t deny how purty she is with the pink handle and shave gel bar. I like the nice grip you get with the handle too.

Speaking of shave gel bar…..it wanted to make a guest appearance.


Now one would probably be skeptical with these shave gel bars. You’re probably thinking one of the two.

“Those bars probably don’t last long.”

OR

“Those bars probably fall out after a few uses.”

Now you’re thinking, “OMG B…how are you reading my mind?” Yes yes, I know. I had the SAME questions and I am proud to announce that the Spa Breeze ‘s bars DO last for quite some time and they DON’T fall out. I have not had to change in a 2 months or so. And I shave pretty frequently!

The bars don’t fall out. Instead they kind of just…wash away. Which really isn’t a problem because then you go right back to using your regular shaving gel—or hair conditioner, if you’re like me.

As I mentioned, I would LOVE if these babies had some kind of top so that they would REALLY make for easy traveling. I’ve been having to stuff mine in Zip-Loc bags and c’mon….that’s so not cute. Aaaand, I would love to see it with 5 blades instead of 4. That would make for super close shave!

But other than that, I highly recommend these razors if you are in the market for some. I have featured the disposables but you can also purchase the entire system which includes the refillable razors, two cartridges and a shower compact for under $10.

Can’t beat that with a stick—as my Mommy would say!

So what do you think?
Have you tried this razor?
Want ‘ it?
Got any razor horror stories?

Shave on, sisters!

Amor de Lacquer: My nail designs…spotted on Twitter!

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.


[NOTE: All photos were taken by the camera on my Blackberry.]

Lately I have been playing around with some nail designs. This happens to me every few months or so. I would love to go all crazy and rock Skittles nails all day everyday but the reality is, my profession (ugh, I hate being an adult….seriously) forces me to be rather conservative in the nail polish/design department. No fair!! But that doesn’t stop me from trying to sneak a little va-voom on my nails. Even if it is only one one nail.

Seeee….

For this look, I am rocking Zoya’s Rea with a quick dash of Zoya’s Jacy. I love love loooove how Zoya’s Rea looks. It is a gorgeous foil-y plum with silver bombs all up and through it. Jacy, a jelly, gives me that extra bit of glam without going overboard. I thought this look was rather work/church safe.


Total weekend look! Dark nails are unexpected in the summer. And that’s just the kind of lady I am…unexpected. Diamond Cosmetics’ Plum Pie in the Sky with a dash of Diamond Cosmetics’ Berry Sweet is a slammin‘ weekend mani.

Ah yesss, this may be one of my favorite random designs ever. Lavender purple nails with a spot of green. Quite spring-y, uh? Orly’s Mint Mojito with a splash of Orly’s Cashmere Cardigan. I decided to go with the french mani on the ring finger because, well…..no reason, really. I was playing around and that’s where I ended up! Michelle from All Lacquered Up even gave me props on that mani. You know I died, right?


Now this mani is about a month old or so but I am seriously thinking about re-doing it; but adding some nicer touches to it. I struggled with the design on this one. It looks rather amateur but a round 2 should really set it off! China Glaze’s Sky High Top with a splash of China Glaze’s Tree Hugger are probably two of my FAVORITE blues and greens. I mean….ever.


I am STILL doing cartwheels over Nubar’s Going Green collection. I did this mani shortly after reviewing the collection. That delicious Reclaim dominates the scene will Wildfire makes a guest appearance on the ring (haha, that rhymes). I topped it off with a pink flower nail decal from Fing’rs (stay tuned for reviews!). The sticker gives it a nice touch but let’s be honest, Reclaim really steals the show.

If you follow me on Twitter, you never know what I may twitpic..my sister’s darling new Mali-poo puppy, sneak peeks of upcoming mascara reviews, behind the scenes shots at events, my travels, yummy raw/vegan dishes…..you just never knowwww.

Tweet ya lata!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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!!!

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Tui Hair Smoothie

I have more Carol’s Daughter products to share with you!

I received an email after the last Carol’s Daughter review that I thought I would answer in this post.

Q: Are Carol’s Daughter’s products just for women with natural hair?

A: Absolutely not! Anyone with any hair type can use these products. My hair is natural AND loc’d. My opinion of these products will probably only benefit other ladies with hair like mine. But I love to review them anyway….just in case something I say peaks your interest enough to make some purchases yourself.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

Hair Milk



Price: 4 out of 5 ($12 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“This lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion for the hair is made with essential oil of lemongrass to stimulate natural oil production and hydrate strands. Infused with a splash of lily of the valley fragrance in a rich base of oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamins E and C, Hair Milk is ideal for defining natural curls and giving hair loads of shine and bounce.” (source)

The truth:
Hmmm, it isn’t the best on my locs but I could see how it works well for ladies with curly hair.

What I loved about it: The consistency is great. It isn’t at all sticky.

What I didn’t like:
I’m not the biggest fan on the smell. I love lemongrass in my food but not so much when it is the primary ingredient (scent). But it’s a personal thang. I have friends who love the smell!

Overall: I think this product would be divine for ladies with curly hair. My girl Wes over at Honey Brown Sugar comes to mind. It doesn’t work so well with my locs simply because they soak it up so quickly. It is as if I never put anything in my hair. HA! The consistency rocks though.

It isn’t meant to go on the scalp but I used on mine anyway. And it feels good!

Next up….

Tui Hair Smoothie



Price: 3 out of 5 ($19 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Tui Hair Smoothie is an intense conditioning treatment for normal to dry hair made from a super-rich emulsion of shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil. Calming chamomile aids in taming of frizzy, unmanageable hair, while the fragrant Tui blend of guava, mango, and passion fruit tantalize the senses.” (source)

The truth:
Wow, this stuff smells delicious….and my hair adores it!

What I loved about it: I love love loooove the smell. Think of a sweet mango mixed with honey and raspberries. Random, I know but this stuff is delicious.

What I didn’t like:
It is a little on the pricey side.

Overall: Wowsers. My hair loves this Intense Conditioning Treatment. Like…..a lot. After shampooing my hair I apply a generous amount of the Tui Hair Smoothie all over and let it sit in a shower cap. Because I have super dry hair, I usually have to apply some olive oil as well. After rinsing out, my hair is soft. And it smells divine!


I wish this you could get this scent in a lotion. Now that would be dope!

Stay tuned for more Carol’s Daughter reviews. This review will also appear on my hair blog: LocRocker.com.

Tried this? Love ‘em? Want ‘em?