L’Oreal HIP Matte and Metallic Shadow Duos

Before MAC Cosmetics came into my world there was L’Oreal HIP. At one point I owned just about all of their eye shadows. You really can’t beat their prices–especially when your local drugstore is running a Buy 1, Get 1 Free sale.

Girl yes….L’Oreal HIP’s eyeshadows are the ish. Especially for my newbies out there.

L’O HIP has recently released two more lines of eye shadows: mattes and metallics. I can dig it! This means more versatility for looks. Because I already have so many bright shadows, I decided to pick up one from each line; both are safe colors but I love them just the same.

Poppy
Matte Shadow Duo

Charged
Metallic Shadow Duo

Both eyes!

….and all L’Oreal HIP shadow duos have the trunk space at the bottom that holds a sponge tip applicator. Back in the day they used to have mirrors. Heyyyy, what happened, mayn?



I primed my eyes with this:

Yes, I LOVE L’Oreal HIP’s Cream Paint in Witty. I actually use this on top of Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance to really make my color POP.

I suggest checking out my video because I feel like the looks look A LOT better in person than they do in these photos.


I am impressed with these duos and plan on purchasing more in the near future—but not until a Buy 1, Get 1 Free sale comes along. I have a long way to go before I master the art of applying matte eye shadows but L’Oreal HIP’s seem to do good job. I didn’t get any fall-out. And the metallic shadows really are bling-tastic.

You can purchase these duos from around $8.99-$9.99 at Ulta and drugstores.

Whatcha think? Would you invest in these babies or not so much?

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Scrub & Lotion

Hello beautiful people!

If there is one brand of products that I get the most requests for review, it is Carol’s Daughter. Please oh please forgive me for just now getting to that.

But better late than never. In the next few weeks, you will see Carol’s Daughter reviews pop up quite frequently on Clumps of Mascara. I can just feel your enthusiasm. LOL!

Check out the reviews:

Almond Cookie Sea Salt
Body Scrub



Price: 4 out of 5 ($18 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Smooth your skin with pure sea salt blended with almond, vanilla, and sandalwood for a warm, sweet scent that gets you glowing. This glorious scrub makes layering this delicious scent, pure pleasure.” (source)

The truth:
What a yummy and delicious scrub!

What I loved about it: I love that there isn’t any mineral oil or petroleum in it. I mean…this is great! Mineral oil clogs the pores and petroleum leaves that oily residue that makes for a serious slip and fall in the shower.

What I didn’t like:
I wish the packaging wasn’t so bulky. It doesn’t fit comfortably in the shower and if you don’t latch the top all the way….mess galore!

Overall: At first glance, you may get turned off by the oils sitting on top of the scrub.


But don’t! Sink your hands beyond the essential oils and you will hit the decadent scrub!


I love it. It really really realllly exfoliates well for me. I’m not sure if I would recommend this for sensitive skin gals as it was a bit abrasive but it worked beautifully for me. I love that the smell isn’t too overpowering. It leaves your skin silky smooth with just a faint smell of almond cookies. I have never really been a fan of smelling like food but even I can deal with this! I do think the price is a little hefty but scrubs last for a while so it’s a good investment. And the packaging makes for great storing after the scrub is done!

Next up….

Almond Cookie Body Butter

Price: 3 out of 5 ($28 from Sephora.com-online only!)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“A rich, luxurious moisturizer for very dry skin, with a delicious scent of sweet almonds, vanilla, and sandalwood. ” (source)

The truth:
Not a bad follow-up to the Almond Cookie scrub! If you can take the super strong smell.

What I loved about it: It isn’t overly greasy! A great deal of body butters are. It’s like, “Yeah….I know I have dry skin but that doesn’t mean I want to be all oil slick-ish.” I love that I don’t get that feeling.

What I didn’t like:
Ohmigoodness….it is strong! I mean, it smells good but the smell is just TOO strong.

Overall: What’s not to love about a beautiful little body butter that has an almond sitting on top of it?



I mean, how cute is that? I almost wanted to eat it. I know, “Eww Brit,” is right. LOL! The body butter feels excellent on the skin. I mean, luscious!

With it being summertime, I probably wouldn’t wear it during the day but it is perfect for pampering at night. And it is exceptional on those dry areas…you know, elbows, knees and feet. It’s great! But as mentioned, the smell is just a little too much for me.

I think both the scrub and body butter are pretty good but if you had to get just one, I would go with the scrub. It is truly an “experience”.

I wish Carol’s Daughter products weren’t so expensive. A great deal of us love the idea of all-natural skincare products but don’t like the pretty penny behind them.

Have you tried any of these products? Snag ‘em now at Sephora!

Oh….I did a quick video 4-minute video review too. Please disregard when I say “Apple”. LOL, so random!

 


Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie goodies! from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

 

ETA:

CAROL’S DAUGHTER TAKES NEW ORLEANS BY STORM

OPENING THEIR POP-UP STORE IN THE HEART OF THE FRENCH QUARTER

 

Just in time for the Fourth of July Music Festival, Carol’s Daughter will be opening its fifth annual Pop-Up Store in New Orleans. From July 1st to July 5th, Carol’s Daughter fans will be able to shop their favorite store in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

 

Designed to replicate existing Carol’s Daughter boutiques, the temporary location will feature an array of celebrity appearances, in-store specials and events, product giveaways and more. Founder Lisa Price will also be at the store, where consumers will have the opportunity to hear her story and learn about how her love of fragrances helped lead her to where she is today.

I soooo want to go!! If you have the opportunity to visit, please let me know how it was!

 

Sephora.com, Inc.

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Scrub & Lotion

Hello beautiful people!

If there is one brand of products that I get the most requests for review, it is Carol’s Daughter. Please oh please forgive me for just now getting to that.

But better late than never. In the next few weeks, you will see Carol’s Daughter reviews pop up quite frequently on Clumps of Mascara. I can just feel your enthusiasm. LOL!

Check out the reviews:

Almond Cookie Sea Salt
Body Scrub



Price: 4 out of 5 ($18 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Smooth your skin with pure sea salt blended with almond, vanilla, and sandalwood for a warm, sweet scent that gets you glowing. This glorious scrub makes layering this delicious scent, pure pleasure.” (source)

The truth:
What a yummy and delicious scrub!

What I loved about it: I love that there isn’t any mineral oil or petroleum in it. I mean…this is great! Mineral oil clogs the pores and petroleum leaves that oily residue that makes for a serious slip and fall in the shower.

What I didn’t like:
I wish the packaging wasn’t so bulky. It doesn’t fit comfortably in the shower and if you don’t latch the top all the way….mess galore!

Overall: At first glance, you may get turned off by the oils sitting on top of the scrub.


But don’t! Sink your hands beyond the essential oils and you will hit the decadent scrub!


I love it. It really really realllly exfoliates well for me. I’m not sure if I would recommend this for sensitive skin gals as it was a bit abrasive but it worked beautifully for me. I love that the smell isn’t too overpowering. It leaves your skin silky smooth with just a faint smell of almond cookies. I have never really been a fan of smelling like food but even I can deal with this! I do think the price is a little hefty but scrubs last for a while so it’s a good investment. And the packaging makes for great storing after the scrub is done!

Next up….

Almond Cookie Body Butter

Price: 3 out of 5 ($28 from Sephora.com-online only!)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“A rich, luxurious moisturizer for very dry skin, with a delicious scent of sweet almonds, vanilla, and sandalwood. ” (source)

The truth:
Not a bad follow-up to the Almond Cookie scrub! If you can take the super strong smell.

What I loved about it: It isn’t overly greasy! A great deal of body butters are. It’s like, “Yeah….I know I have dry skin but that doesn’t mean I want to be all oil slick-ish.” I love that I don’t get that feeling.

What I didn’t like:
Ohmigoodness….it is strong! I mean, it smells good but the smell is just TOO strong.

Overall: What’s not to love about a beautiful little body butter that has an almond sitting on top of it?



I mean, how cute is that? I almost wanted to eat it. I know, “Eww Brit,” is right. LOL! The body butter feels excellent on the skin. I mean, luscious!

With it being summertime, I probably wouldn’t wear it during the day but it is perfect for pampering at night. And it is exceptional on those dry areas…you know, elbows, knees and feet. It’s great! But as mentioned, the smell is just a little too much for me.

I think both the scrub and body butter are pretty good but if you had to get just one, I would go with the scrub. It is truly an “experience”.

I wish Carol’s Daughter products weren’t so expensive. A great deal of us love the idea of all-natural skincare products but don’t like the pretty penny behind them.

Have you tried any of these products? Snag ‘em now at Sephora!

Oh….I did a quick video 4-minute video review too. Please disregard when I say “Apple”. LOL, so random!

 


Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie goodies! from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

 

ETA:

CAROL’S DAUGHTER TAKES NEW ORLEANS BY STORM

OPENING THEIR POP-UP STORE IN THE HEART OF THE FRENCH QUARTER

 

Just in time for the Fourth of July Music Festival, Carol’s Daughter will be opening its fifth annual Pop-Up Store in New Orleans. From July 1st to July 5th, Carol’s Daughter fans will be able to shop their favorite store in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

 

Designed to replicate existing Carol’s Daughter boutiques, the temporary location will feature an array of celebrity appearances, in-store specials and events, product giveaways and more. Founder Lisa Price will also be at the store, where consumers will have the opportunity to hear her story and learn about how her love of fragrances helped lead her to where she is today.

I soooo want to go!! If you have the opportunity to visit, please let me know how it was!

 

Sephora.com, Inc.

Beauty Review: 100% Organic Shea Butter

Hello Clumpers, it’s Tamar! You are in for a treat today. As I explained in a previous post I have extremely dry skin. I normally just turn to cocoa butter to hydrate my thirsty body but while browsing my favorite beauty supply store I found this…

When I opened it I was kinda grossed out because the color resembles dry mustard

Its very clumpy but glides on really easily

I absolutely LOVE this product! It smells almost like cocoa butter but it almost doesn’t have a smell. I even mix it with my perfume when I’m going out.

Let me run down the uses and description (from the bottle):

Dry skin Moisturizer
Dry scalp
Skin Peeling after Tanning (if you tan)
Blemishes and wrinkles
Itchy skin due to dryness
Shaving Cream
Stretch Mark prevention and treatment
Reducing Acne
Eliminate Scalp Irritation
Restores Luster to hair
Softens Tough skin on feet Especially Heels)

Its really a great thing to have in your beauty closet! For 5.99? You cant beat that if you tried.

If you’re interested in trying it please check out your local beauty supply. I tried finding the company website but I had no luck, I did find a site that sells it here.

Keep it Clumping,

Tamar

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar’s Going Green Collection

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.

Oh. My. Goodness!! That’s it. Nubar has done it. This is probably one of the most creative and beautiful collections I have EVER seen. I’m not kidding. Nubar’s Going Green is so appropriate with the “green” trend we’ve been seeing. And every single one of these greens are highly unique and just gorgeous!! Nubar’s polishes are free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene.

Reclaim


Nail blogger extraordinaire, Scrangie and I were talking about how fabulous this color is. It’s a holo!! Next to creams, holographic polishes are my favorite kind of polishes. They look like….unreal. Reclaim is absolutely flawless. It’s like a rainbow is trapped in a grass green polish. It has serious bling!

Wildfire



Wow….I have no words for this color. It is incredibly unique. You can’t tell me it isn’t. At a first glance it may look gold. But look closer, darling. It’s green! It looks like golden mustard mixed in with pea green. It is two steps down from a holopgraphic polish and I love it. I have never seen any colors like it.

Forest


I can’t get over how dead on Nubar’s names for these polishes are. Forest really does remind me of….a forest. Aaand, it’s a cream! A beautiful one at that. Look how shiny it is without a top coat. This is a perfect green. It reminds me a lot of BB Couture’s Poison. But they aren’t twins because Poison is a little darker.


Greener


Yes, Greener gets more photos because I think it just looks fan-friggin‘-tastic on my nails. Some colors make your nails look…..amazing. Greener is one of those colors. The only other emerald green that I have that come come close to this one is Sinful Colors’ San Francisco. Emerald green polishes=love.

Earth


“What is Earth you say? It is the place where we rise and fall each day.” –I wrote a poem titled Earth when I was in the 6th grade. That poem was so amazing that I performed it in a contest. Ahem, that I lost. But I digress. Earth is a hunter green with neon blue undertones. That I like. It’s an unexpected kind of green but it definitely holds its place in the collection.


Conserve


Wow! I am just shocked at how different all of these greens are. Conserve almost looks like a lighter version of Earth. Almost. Conserve also has some blue undertones albeit not neon blue like Earth but I love the shimmery effect it gives.

I can NOT believe this collection. It’s just….wonderful. Nubar thought this one out. There is a green for everyone! I would have liked to see a neon green just for fun. Or maybe even a green glitter. I would love to see a “Going Green Again” collection. LOL! Great great job, Nubar! Fantastic! Amazing!

The application for each was good. Forest gave me a few issues with wanting to drag at the cuticles but that is the case with most creams. I forgave him after seeing how beautiful he was. Two coats should do you good although I looooved Wildfire with three coats. I love that this collection has a base and top coat.

I really am a Nubar fan. The polishes don’t smell as bad as most polishes. And they dry hella fast! You can get the entire collection here for $49.95 or purchase single bottles for $7.49. They are highly recommended by me! Expect to see more Nubar in the future. I am soooo eyeing the Pastel Fever collection and the Cleopatra Collection. An entire collection of purple polishes? *faints* Nubar, you have my heart.

Ever try any Nubar polishes? Which green is your favorite?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Because the sun doesn’t discriminate…

See this?

This is brown skin. It is melanin-enriched. Many of us brown girls think that just because our skin is darker that it creates some kind of barrier against the sun. And in a sense, it does. So I guess us brown girls don’t even need to wear sunscreen.

“Girl, please.”

The sun does not discriminate. Brown girls have to protect their skin just as much as the lighter girls. And for some reason, most of us did not grow up thinking this. We couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone of ALL shades needs to protect their skin. From the fair ladies to the ebony mamas….protecting the skin is a MUST.

Each summer I experiment with different sunscreens for the face.

Meet the trio!

First up….

Olay Complete All Day moisture lotion SPF 15
($7.29-drugstores nationwide)


Olay Complete is no stranger to Clumps of Mascara. I’ve raved about this moisturizer before. And I won’t stop. My skin absolutely adores Olay Complete. For reasons unknown my skin has been acne-prone beyond belief within the past year or so. This moisturizer does not irritate my skin, clog my pores or leave me with that white film that most lotions with SPF have. Aaaand, it’s okay to wear every single day–which I do! When rubbed in, it looks like this…

Perfecto! This baby will always be a staple in my skin care routine.

Next uuuup

Rx for Brown Skin Protect and Defend
moisturizing sunscreen

($20-click here for more info/purchase)



I am quite the Rx for Brown Skin fan. Products made specifically for skin like mine is right up my alley! When my skin goes through its dry spells, I use this! It is thicker than Olay Complete so I’m not sure how well it would work for oily skin. The good news is, it absorbs well so you aren’t left with a sticky or greasy feeling. I wish it didn’t smell SO sunscreen-y. It is a little overpowering for everyday use but this is something I’m willing to get over to protect my skin. It goes on pretty thick….


But after a good rubbing in session…


…..I am good to go! That white residue from sunscreen drives me up a wall! Don’t have that problem here.

And lastly…

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream
($17.50-Clinique.com–click here for deets)

Oh yes….when I’m going to be taking in a LOT of sun, I have to bring out the yellow tube with higher SPF. Clinique’s Sun Protection products are a must have if you are a Clinique skincare fan. Which, of course, I am…. This smells extremely sunscreen-y but it’s a smell that doesn’t bother me anymore–simply because I know I HAVE to wear it. Now….this baby is going to take a ton of rubbing in to get rid of the white residue.


And even after it’s gone, it leaves me a little greasy.


But honestly? It doesn’t bother me because it stays put, doesn’t run in my eyes when I swim and my skin doesn’t have any bad reactions to it. So heyyyy!! No complaining from me.

Brown girls….where ya’ll at? Please oh please tell me you are rocking sunscreen EVERYDAY. And if you’re not….do you feel the burn from my cyber side-eye?

I want to hear from everyone rocking sunscreen…what’s your favorite?

Brown Skin Protector,

ETA: ….but is your sunscreen SAFE for you? Thanks to reader Rachel for sharing this link. It investigates sunscreens and tells you what’s safe….and what’s not. I will be making some changes!

Amor de Lacquer: What All Lacquered up Says

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.

Here’s another tip from one of my favorite nail polish bloggers.


Michelle from All Lacquered Up

Healthy cuticles are essential to nail growth & strength. Run, don’t walk, to buy a tube of CND Cuticle Eraser. The AHAs help remove excess skin while apricot oil & aloe moisturize the nail plate and surrounding tissue. it’s a cream so there’s no oily residue. use 2x/day.

Visit Michelle’s blog HERE. Stay tuned for nail care tips from the ladies in the nail blogosphere.

Polish Pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: BB Couture for Nails polishes


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.

Time to introduce you to different brand of nail polish! One of the joys of being a blogger is discovering companies that I would have never known about had I not been a blogger. Seriously….the average consumer knows only what is in stores or what is talked about. BB Couture for Nails may not be familiar to all nail polish fans YET….but honey, they should be. This is one brand of polishes that has my heart. And my money!

BB Couture for Nails (like most if not ALL of the nail polishes I wear) do not contain toluene,formaldehyde and DBP free.They are also 4-in-1 polishes.

“Uh? What?..please explain, B”

Okay, lemme break it down. While the average polish would usually need a base and top coat, BB Couture for Nails polishes have the base coat, top coat, nail color AND nail strengthener in one. Ain’t that fly?

I played around with a few of the colors…

Tangerine Scream


I reallllly love orange polishes. But I ohmigoodness wow-oh-wow REALLY love orange cream polishes. How stunning is that? It’s perfect. It’s loud. It’s for summer and it looks like a tangerine and 40 watt bulb had a baby. And named her Tangerine Scream.

*crickets*

You know what I mean….hehehe.

Poison Ivy

This is hands down the BEST green that I own. No, I’m serious….and I own some good greens. See?


Poison Ivy is just…perfection. It is pleasing to the eye and compliments my nails something serious. If the Wicked Witch of the West wore nail polish….she would probably rock this.

Dragon’s Breath


You have to enlarge this picture to see the dimensions of this color. Without the red/purple/blue sparkles it would be a boring berry with no personality. BUT, the sparkles make it pop and gives it a serious attitude. The only thing that I don’t like about this polish is that it is pretty tough to remove. But what do you expect from glitters?


Sea of Cortez



This color is in my Top 5 favorite blues stash. How beautiful is it? It reminds me of the waters of Oahu, Hawaii. The silver flecks are just….I mean, wow. Look at them! I have never seen a bue like this before. It is truly one of a kind!

Application of BB Couture for Nails polishes are good. I find that they are a little on the thick side. I had to add some thinner to most. Each are two coats except Dragon’s Breath which was a little streaky. I can not WAIT to order some more BB Couture polishes. They have so many! And for all polish people. For the conservative work go-er (that’s me) and the rockstar on the weekends (that’s me too!). I do wish that they were a little cheaper. $9.95 a polish is a little rich for me. Also, I wish their website was a little more detailed with HOW the polishes look. Blocks of color? Not so much!

Still a brand worth checking out. Click here to visit the site!

Have you tried any polishes from BB Couture for Nails?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

ETA: BB Couture for Nails are also available at OverallBeauty.com. Some are even discounted. Click here to visit. Thanks Lucy!