My dry skin battle

Hey guys I have DRY skin mainly on my face. I tried almost every moisturizing face cream i could afford and I settled on cocoa butter because that’s the only (cheap) thing that worked for me. Until I got a recommendation from Luxetips for Lumene Radiant Beauty Drops.

They come 28 in a jar for a 28 day treatment. But I honestly saw results during the first week of applying the formula to my face and neck. Its really light! Here are the capsules

Here is the formula It glides on easily and I really have smooth glowing skin now. So if the winter months had you dry and peeling check out CVS and pick you a jar up for 23 dollars.

Tamar

TamarforClumps@gmail.com

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection

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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.

Today I will be introducing you to a brand that is new to me. Diamond Cosmetics asked me to review their Summer 09 Collection and I couldn’t be more happy that I did.

Here is a little more information about the company:

“Diamond Cosmetics, Inc. is a manufacturer/distributor of quality cosmetics. The bulk of our business includes nail products, such as nail enamel and nail treatments, as well as lip products, such as lipstick and lip gloss.

We first opened our doors in 1982 and began by selling eye and lip pencils to retain chains and independent drug stores. Since then, we have expanded our scope of business to include 3 separate divisions: retail, professional, and private label.” (source)

I could do a whole blog post on how awesome it is that they do private labels but to get more information about that, click here. In the meantime, let’s check out the hot summer collection!


Don’t Teal My Heart Away did not photograph as nicely as I wanted it to. The color is really a lot more vibrant in color and is the PERFECT teal. The color is unique in a sense because $0.25 from each bottle is donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Beauty and a cause! You know I love it.

Now what color does this one look like? Oh, Tiff could be China Glaze’s for Audrey’s long lost cousin. I couldn’t do a comparison because in a massive “clean out and give away” moment, I gave away For Audrey. I suppose Oh, Tiff is just as wonderful. The application was to die for!

Fiery Coral may look red but really it is coral with a kick. It is a cream that isn’t terribly unique. I’m not sure how I feel about corals against my skin tone. I don’t hate them but I don’t run to them either. Fiery Coral is still hot, though!


Here comes my favorite color out of the bunch! Hot Summer Pink is officially my “Trip to the Bahamas 2009″ color. I love love love this one. I saved the flash on this photo only because WITH the flash, it is insanely bright. It has tiny blue/silver glitter particles in it that makes it look a little more neon. I can’t say enough of that this color. It is just awesome!


Awww, it’s another creamy baby pink. Pink polishes have never been my favorite but when they are creams, I tend to like them a little more. Cotton Candy looks good enough to eat and is sweet on the nails.

I had trouble photographing Pink Passion too. It isn’t as dark as it looks in the photo. It is really more of a muted magenta. I am sure there are many colors like this one too but colors like this are always welcomed in my collection. When I don’t want crazy colors but don’t want to leave the nails bare, I rock colors like Pink Passion.

I applied 2 coats with each color. All were used over Zoya’s Nail Ridge filler.

Overall I think Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer collection has something for everyone. It will appeal to the safe-color wearin’ ladies and the crazy color wearin’ chica like myself. I am THRILLED that they are Big 3 free meaning they don’t have DHP, toluene and formaldehyde. Yesss! Another brand lacking the yucky chemicals. I love it! Aaaand….they are only $2!!! Not bad at all!

These colors haven’t popped up on their site yet but they have a ton of other colors that I have my eyes on. You can find out more about DiamondCosmetics here.

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Zoya’s Summer 2009 Oh-La-La 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.

I am finally getting around to reviewing the other collection from Zoya’s Summer 2009 collections. Remember Oh La-La? I loved that collection. Hot bright neon’s with personalities. I am still in love with Paz.

Oh-La-La, I think, is for the average nail polish wearer. There are a few colors that are for us crazy nail polish fiends but for the most part, this collection is a little subdued compared to La-Di-Da. There are a very stars, though!

See!

Katy is described as bright fuchsia pink with blue/purple shimmer. I know for a fact that there are many colors like this. But that doesn’t stop me from liking Katy. I consider this to be a pretty “safe” color and I felt like I had to add some glitter to really make this baby pop.

Hey there, Emme! I have never been a fan of pinks like this. Just not my style. But she is pretty nonetheless with a nice shiny finish–even without a top coat!

Goldie. Just how fitting is this name for this polish? Goldie is gold alright! I actually like this gold which is shocking because I have never really been fan of gold polishes. But this one isn’t so bad. I rocked it on my toes for awhile and loved it.



Now we’re gettin‘ somewhere! I love
Ginessa! I have always loved silver polishes and the fact that this one has some micro-glitter in it, well….I love it even more! I mean, check out the bottle! I’ve been using this baby like crazy. While all of the other polishes took 2 coats, Ginessa demanded 3.


I love blue nail polishes! Tallulah is rockin‘. It almost reminds me of Zoya’s Tart but nope, Tart is slightly darker. I think I like Tallulah better. It just looks stunning in person.


[RANDOM] I wish my middle finger would hurry up and grow because it looks crazy funny next to my other nails. I like Midori! I really like greens that have creme finishes but I can deal with this one. I rocked this one on the toes for awhile too. It looks amazing in the sun.


I didn’t endure any problems with these kids. Katy’s brush was little wonky. A few of the hairs were longer than the others. Which made for tough application. I used two coats for each, except for Ginessa which, I think, looks better with three.

Must haves in this collection? Ginessa, Tallulah and Midori.

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com.

What do you think? Own any of these? Want ‘em or not so much?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

The Makeup Show NYC, Installment 2-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


If there was one brand that truly caught my eye at The Makeup Show, it was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have heard about the brand before but didn’t know much about them.

I sent out a tweet about OCC and got a slew of responses; many in which were telling me to try the lip tar. And like a good blogger….I listen to the peoples!

Some quick tidbits about OCC:

-The line was born in November 2004.

-All of their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and are also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives.

-Their products are for professional make-up artists and make-up enthusiasts alike.

And if you’ve gotten this far and you’re wondering what makes them unique, check this out:


Wowsers! The loose colour concentrates ($10) are amazing. From the glitters to the mattes I find that they are all highly pigmented and ready for action in any way you choose to use them. Be it on the eyes, nails or on the body, giiiirl…you can best believe that you are getting a colorful piece of heaven.

I snagged Burning-described as a bright coral with subtle violet shimmer.

Stunning, right?

I saved the best for last. The Lip Tars ($12.50).

I think that everyone needs one of these. They are so much fun! And highly pigmented beyond belief. They are as pigmented as lipsticks but go on like lip glosses. You can try wearing these babies solo but they may scare you at first. Mix them with other glosses and you can create an array of beautiful lippy colors.

I know y’all are like, “B!! Where are the photos of the products on you?”

Relax my little blueberry shortcakes. I will definitely be incorporating these babies in upcoming FOTDs.

What do you think? A fan of OCC? Never heard of them? Wanna try?

Tell me!

Because even your personality should be pigmented,

Guest Blogger: Hairstyle Trends for Summer ’09

Summer is the perfect time to try a new style. Warmer weather means more style freedom, so don’t be afraid to try a new trend. Spice up your current look with a celebrity-inspired ‘do.

Bold, Dramatic Color
Jennifer Hudson and Meagan Good Hair
Celebrity Inspirations: Jennifer Hudson, Meagan Good, Chrisette Michele, Keri Hilson
Summer is a great time to try a new, lighter. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as Christina’s, but a good dye job can get you feeling like a new woman. This season, choose a deep brown with auburn highlights like Meagan Good and Jennifer Hudson, or go for a touch of golden blonde like Rihanna or Keri Hilson. A few highlights, especially around the face, will brighten your complexion.

Crop Tops
Estelle and Chrisette
Celebrity Inspirations: Estelle, Dawn, Chrisette Michelle
The reign of the weave is over. This Summer it’s all about the cropped ‘do. For those worried that their face “can’t pull of a short look,” just look at variety celebs who have gone short and how fab they look. From Chrisette to Estelle, the short looks great!

Ethnic Styles
Ciara Cornrows
Ciara, Alicia Keys
Protect your hair with corn rows or braids. It’s a high fun, low maintenance hair style perfect for a beauty on the go. Who says “ethnic” styles can’t be chic.

Severe Bangs
Solange and Tyra Banks Bangs
Celebrity Inspirations: Solange, Tyra
If you’re not quite ready for the big chop or dramatic color, then a blunt bang might be a perfect compromise. Bangs will give your look some drama, but keep you looking work appropriate.

Center Part
Tyra and Alicia
This Summer, keep it sleek and sophisticated with a center part. The seemingly simple look will amp up your sex appeal. To keep hair silky smooth, I recommend using Biolage Smooth Therapy Smoothing Serum while straightening.

Kim is the editor of Black Beauty Central, and the founder of The HyperLuxe Media Network. You can contact her via Twitter at @Kimberly4Nicole

Amor de Lacquer: Revlon’s Runway Collection Nails


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.

I had the opportunity to test drive Revlon’s Runway glue-on nails. I haven’t worn a pair of fake nails since early middle school. My Mom was sooo against me wearing acrylic so I would buy a pack of nails and rock them on the weekends. Giiiiirl, you couldn’t tell me nothin‘. Fast forward to high school and college where acrylics rocked my world. I’ve been acrylic free for almost two years but I have to admit…I LOVE the way these nails look.

The mess I made…


Let’s talk about the design…


French nails are so blah to me. I like how the snazzy glitter design jazzes things up a bit. I would probably never regularly wear a design like this simply because it isn’t my style but they don’t look bad!

Each box contains 24 nails in 12 sizes. Because I have such long nail beds, I just knew it would be a struggle trying to find a size that fit me. Buuuut….


I did! There were sizes for all 10 of my fingers. I loved how the length was not THAT much longer than my natural nails. I don’t like my nails looking super long.

The process…

I forgot how much of a mess applying fake nails can be. You really have to take your time. The glue STICKS and it does not budge. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Good because that means the nails will stay on for at least 7-10 days! I kept mine on for 8 days.

Bad because if you make a mistake with the initial application…girl, you’re in trouble.

I love the overall though! Don’t they look like I got them done at a salon?



I think they look good!

Whatcha think?

Would you buy a pack of these?

Polish Pretty,

[EDIT: I forgot to mention the removal process. Uh....don't be like me and rip them off. They need to be soaked in pure acetone. Forcefully removing them results in 3 beat-up nails that will take months to heal. Not that I know from experience or anything. Hehe. I mean, *sobs*---Thanks Brooke!]

Beauty Review: Organix Hair Products

NOTE: When it comes to hair care reviews, my opinion best fits women who have natural 4B-type hair. I have no way of knowing how well this product will work on other hair types and textures. Find out more about hair types here.

Ahhh yesss, Organix products. I remember first seeing these in Target and immediately being intrigued.

What first drew me to Organix products were their SULFATE AND PARABEN FREE labels. I am extremely picky about what I put in my hair and products with sulfates and parabens in them are definite no-no’s.

Now that I think about it….my loctician would be rather disappointed in me if she knew I was using products without her approval. BUT, something tells me that she would be okay with Organix Vanilla Silk Shampoo and Conditioner.


Uh oh….a closer look at the ingredients forces me to think otherwise.


I am also “supposed to be” -cone and alcohol free.

HOWEVER, my hair seemed to like both the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo didn’t suck the moisture out of my color treated hair and the conditioner replenished what little was removed. I am surprised!

Because my locs are only 4 months old, I am not supposed to use conditioner as to prevent slippage. I was careful and only applied it to my scalp.

The result?

Shiny and happy locs!


I’m impressed! I think I’ll stick with all-natural method while trucking along on my loc journey but I highly recommend these to other ladies seeking moisture in the hair department.

Organix products are found at most drugstores, Target and Wal-Mart. Have any of you tried any of these products?

Whatcha think?

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!


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