Beauty Beehaviors: Tyra Banks + “Real Hair”

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

The entertainment and celebrity blogosphere actually had some news that interested me. After Kim Kardashian changing her hair color, of course. LOL….I’m being crazy sarcastic, y’all.
But seriously…Tyra Banks has decided to do the season premiere of her show wig-less. She is has even coined September 9th as “Real Hair Day”.
Check this:
“This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!” (source)

Being that I have had 2 blogs, photo albums, several videos and even hosted a party for my natural hair, I guess it’s safe to say that I love my natural hair to the max. I’m not the biggest fan of fake hair for myself and when I openly said this on Twitter–guess what? Many of you agreed with me saying that “real hair” is what’s hot in the streets.

So I ask you this question….
Do you prefer wearing your own hair or jazzing
it up with weaves, wigs and extensions?

Beauty Review: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash

Veteran Clumps readers know that I love me some Dove. Not too long ago and sang praises to the Visibly Smooth deodorant. Now it’s time to shout like mad for their newest body wash. Am I exaggerating or is it really the bomb diggity? Check the review…


Dove Nutrium Body Wash

Price: 5 out of 5 (12 oz for $4.99-$7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:

“• Repairs and maintains skin’s protective layer during cleansing
• Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish and nourish

• Clinically proven to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization” (source)

The truth:
Well, it’s from Dove so you already know it’s a wonderfully smooth and smells oh so clean.

What I loved about it: It feels soooo smooth!


What I didn’t like: Not much to NOT like. Affordable? Effective? Easy to find? That makes me one happy and clean lady!

Overall: Most of us are all too familiar with Dove, the brand. If you haven’t tried their body washes, then you’ve probably tried their soaps, hair products or deodorants. I don’t know many people who have bad experiences with Dove. Aside from keeping moisture one of their top priorities when it comes to skin care, they are also very conscious about taking care of the sensitive skin peeps of the world. Gotta love that.

The idea behind this new body wash is the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology. You can read more about it here but basically it allows moisture to get deep down in the skin instead of just sitting on top. Kinda like this…..
Pretty friggin ‘awesome, right? I’ve been looking forward to this luscious stuff after every work-out.
The nozzle….
Ohhh, creamy baybeeee….
And it still stays creamy after hittin’ water.
Love iiiiit. It comes in Deep Moisture, Gentle Exfoliating and Sensitive Skin.
You can find these anywhere Dove products are sold.
Are you a Dove lover? Tried this yet? Whatcha think?

FOTD Friday: Red/Gold hair and eyes!



Hellllooooo darliiiings! And Happy Friday to you! A day or so ago I spent some time looking at a few of my past FOTD Friday looks.
Wow.
And excuse the ebonics but “I be on some other stuff.” LOL!!! I get so much solace knowing that my blog is titled Clumps of Mascara. It means I don’t have to be perfect. No Photoshop needed. You get the unedited version. And I don’t apologize for it because you know what? We are all perfectly imperfect. Yep!!!
Sooo, speaking of past FOTDs, I came across a look I did circa Summer 2007.
*ignore the unblended lipliner.
Y’all know I struggle with that. LOL*
OMG, I used to LOOOVE dabbing golds in my inner-V and burgundy from the middle of the lid to the outer-V. I called this look Arabian nights. I have have a thing for deep dark reds, golds and purples.
And not just on the lids, in my hair as well! I spontaneously dyed a few of my locs.
See!

They are the inspiration behind this look.
FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Tarte Green Siren natural cheek stain

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint in Witty
NARS Albatross (highlighter)
Cargo bronzer in medium and MAC Amberlights(Inner-V to lid)
MAC Handwritten e/s (crease)
MAC Coppering e/s (outer-V)
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
I forgot to put some on! *gasp*

LIPS:
Stila Lip Glaze in Peach Cobbler

Those dyed locs are so random, right? What can I say? I got bored and wanted to spice up my hair a bit. I would to add a rich purple but I can’t find any purple dyes. :( Anyone know of any? You can continue to follow my hair journey at LocRocker.com.

And just because I know she is now an active reader of Clumps of Mascara, some random shots of my little sister Imani and I. She spent the week with me last week and we had a little TOO much fun with the MacBook.
Love you sis!
I hope everyone is off to a fantabulous weekend!!
Oh, next week is a themed week. Stay tuned and get excited!

Stay beautiful,

Beauty Beehaviors: Have you ever visited the derm?

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

Well, I did it.

I have been dealing with mild acne for a good 2 years now and after trying EVERYTHING, I thought it was time to seek professional help. I visited the dermatologist for the first time this week. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
After telling me things I already know (I be doin’ my research, yo!) the derm gave me 2 ‘scrips for acne medicine. I have been doing more research to see what I’m getting myself into. We’ll see how that goes.
Riddle me this…..

Have you ever visited a dermatologist?

Was it a good experience? Not so much? Do you go regularly or was it a one time thing?
Tell me allll about it!

But Black Women Can’t: Get Wrinkles….

Hello Clumpers! This is Tamar and I would like to welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions or ideas to TamarForClumps@gmail.com. I would love to try out any theory you may have.

All my life I have been surrounded by beautiful women of color. I was always taught that “Black don’t crack” meaning that we can’t get wrinkles and in our case that includes breakouts. The only product I saw my Grandma use on her face was Noxzema and her skin never showed any signs of aging. I can look into my Mom’s bathroom and find that same blue container.


She follows the same rules. But me? I decided to go a different route. I believe that every woman has beautiful skin. I also know that we HAVE to take care of it! I’m the type of woman that rarely gets any type of breakout. I don’t know if it’s because of genetics or because of the mountain of products I’ve tried over the years. I’ve used just about everything from Clean and Clear to witch hazel to alcohol to Proactive and guess where I ended up? Right back to Noxzema! I will be 28 this month and I’m positive that when I’m my Mom’s age (I’m not tellin’ how old, I’m scared) my skin will be just as beautiful as hers. See my Mom!

I use Noxzema along with a a few other products thrown in like a serum and I use a night cream that I’ve yet to review. In my opinion, none of us are safe when it comes to wrinkles but we all can protect ourselves. I will be perfectly happy when I’m 90 years old with a million wrinkles as long as I know that I lived a full life and did something worth talking about.

What steps are you taking to prevent premature aging? Is there a product that you saw your Mom use when you were young that you find yourself using now?

Until next time,
TAMAR

Beauty Review: Lancome’s Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm

Lately I’ve been wanting to spice up my eye make-up. Out of sheer laziness, I have been doing nothing more than just black eyeliner and mascara. Not even any eyeshadow. And this goes for the weekends too. Can you say booooriiiing?
I am so glad that Lancome’s Ink Artliner has snapped me out of it! I’m no stranger to gel eyeliners. In fact I prefer them over pencil and liquid liners when applying lines on the lower lash line. But I haven’t owned a royal blue gel liner with such spazazz! Seeee…..
What Lancome says about the liner the Ink Artliner Longwear Calligraphy Gel eyeliner:
“This superb new gel formula has the rich, creamy texture that ensures a luxuriously smooth application. With deep, luminous pigments offering the most intense color imaginable, this liner creates pure drama.” (source)
I LOVE IT! Gel liners are super versatile because they can be used as liners, bases and if you have the right colors, lip stains and blushes.
On to the look!
I revisited my L’Oreal HIP duo for a nice matte look but I wanted to spice it up a bit without going overboard.
My homie Indigo Charm to the rescue!
Indi Char
+
Maybelline’s Royal Blue mascara layered on top of
Lancome’s Oscillation Powerbooster
=
HOTNESSSSS!!



Uuuummm, why do I look like a 12 year old in that last one? HA!
But seriously, these photos were taken after a long day at work. The liner didn’t budge a bit. And it didn’t melt away in the Florida sun either. It is still vibrant and poppin’ somethin’ serious. I’m so in love.
These babies are $24.50–definitely a luxury eyeliner. You can also get them in brown and black but I would love to see a purple with hot pink undertones. Or maybe an emerald green with lime green undertones. Hey Lancome, you listenin’? LOL
Speaking of Lancome, check out my feature on their blog here.
Try these? Love these? Want ‘em? Hate ‘em? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: Lippmann Collection ‘Celebrate’ Set


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.

A month or so ago a college girlfriend and I (hey Asha darlin’!) found ourselves in Nordstrom for a beauty event. Every summer Nordstrom has these Nordie’s exclusive beauty goodies. My favorite NARS make-up artist called me weeks ago to let me know about the launchings. When I arrived to Nordstrom, I made my rounds but didn’t find anything that caught my eye. Until I saw the Lippman trio.

This post will be pic heavy because these polishes seriously deserve an extensive photoshoot!


Funky Chunky



This polish is described as a “sequined sheer black”. And can I be honest? It was quite the disappointment. I wish I could have swapped it out for something else. It is black with little tiny sequins throughout the polish. The idea sounds good but when applying–it’s just a hot mess. I remember reading Scrangie’s review of this polish and she said that it just looks like you sloppily applied the polish. I agree! The sequins go allll over the place when you apply more than one coat. It just…didn’t work out well.

And as I remove the polish….LOOK! There are the sequins. *sucks teeth*

Ruby Red Slippers


Well hello hot mama!! Now we’re getting somewhere. This color is described as “Dorothy’s shimmering ruby”. Cute Lippman, but not exactly a color description. I thought China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps was a hot glittery red but this baby knocks her out of the water. Whoa!! It is essentially a black polish with red glitter and flecks. It took me three coats to achieve full coverage but it was well worth the effort.
Doesn’t it look like there is a ball of fire in the bottle?
Awesomeness right?
Superstar

Now for a polish that has made its way in my list of Top 10 Polishes of All Time with just one swatch. Holey moley!! This color is described as “show stopping copper flecked fudge”. This is glitter mania, kids. The BEST polish I have ever seen. Amazing. It is more glitter than polish. It’s like 90 parts glitter, 10 parts polish. It is incredible. It it really is the reason why I purchased the entire set. Talk about feeling like a Superstar! It only took two coats to achieve bottle color. It’s a disco ball on my nails and I LOVE it!

More shots of Superstar…
Overall: This is my first time trying Lippman polishes. My experience with them was just…okay. The brushes were a little to narrow for my liking. I am a fan of Zoya and OPI Pro brushes. Those brushes allow for you to apply one coat without going back in the bottle. I had to dip the Lippman brushes several times. As for each polish, the application for all of them was tricky. Which was expected. Fleckies (as I like to call them) and glitter polishes take a lot of work. My method is.
Apply 1st coat
Wait 2 minutes
Apply 2nd coat
Wait 2 minutes
(repeat as needed)
Removal of these polishes are also very challenging, especially Superstar. I had to use Pure Acetone for all three.
You can snag this limited edition here for $35. Quite steep, right? I initially impulsively purchased this set. Then I returned it. Then I found a Nordie’s gift card from the holidays and knew it was meant for me to have these babies!
Have you tried any of these polishes? A Lippman fan?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

I will PayPal 50 cents to the first person who can pronounce L’Occitane correctly. Skype me now! LOL, I’m kidding really but I won’t even tell y’all what I first called this glorious brand of soaps when I first saw a store in Orlando’s Mall of Millenium. Just so there is no confusion, it is pronounced….
Locks-a-ton

I am right, aren’t I? HA! Anyway—I HAVE to share with you the wonderfulness (is that a word?) that is this oil. I bet you’ll be double clicking your mouse like mad trying to order it online after reading my review. Words really can’t do it justice but *deep breath* I’m going to try!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 3 out of 5 (2.5 oz for $8 and 8.4 oz for $22)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Transforms into a lavish, softening foam–original and unique in texture–that leaves a satin-like softness all over the body. Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids. Cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume. Keep handy in bath or shower as an extra-pampering alternative to Shea Butter Soap and our fragrance Soap. Suitable for men and women.” (source)

The truth:
What in the….how does oil foam up? It’s magic, I tell ya!!

What I loved about it: The foaming action, the smell, the packaging, wooooow.

What I didn’t like:
Now y’all know I’m going to complain about the price. That’s just my nature. I’m a budget-conscious mama so I can’t help it. The price is a little “wowsers” but I can’t even shower without this stuff now so I have to save up to keep repurchasing it.

Overall: L’Occitane is one of those brands that you may not know much about unless you know someone who uses the products an loves french soaps. L’Occitane is French-based company with a dynamic story. Most importantly, they understand the importance of natural and organic infusions in beauty; namely skincare. I could preach all day about this company but you can get your learn on by reading up about them here.

So with this being my first L’Occitane product I can proudly say, I can not WAIT to dabble around with some of their other products. This almond shower oil is amazing! How can something so light an weightless bring so much joy in the shower?
I’ll show you….
The nozzle of the oil looks like this:


It distrbutes the right amount of oil in the palm of your hand. When it first pours out, it looks like your average oil. It has the consistency of extra virgin olive oil.
It is golden yellow in color and decadent in smell. I love that it isn’t TOO strong. I like to use this after a body wash and the two scents never clash.
Spread the oil around a bit and it gets a little thick. It gives you that same feeling you would get if you, say….applied too much body wash to your skin. See!
A bit more rubbing around and what do you get? Foaming homie goodness!



Yeah, don’t ask me how that happens but it feels absolutely amazing on the skin. Oils already feel great when you apply them but on warm and wet skin in the shower? Giiiiirl, it gives me life, I tell ya! And when you rinse it off, your skin is left smooth and feels revived. This is the next best thing to a trip to the spa.

Until you step out of the shower and realize you’re late for work. HA!
I.Love.It. Immensely, that is. L’Occitane=french soap heaven and I can’t wait to play around with more of their soaps.
Have you tried this oil? Or anything else from L’Occitane?
Whatcha think?