Beauty Review: My Pretty Pink Box

In a world full of blue skies, money trees and gumdrop bushes, such would exist little pretty pink boxes full of cosmetic goodies. They would land right on your doorstep; like a little gift.

Wake up, girlfriend!

Pretty Pink Boxes do exist. I can’t remember the last time I have seen something so darling, so useful and so…affordable!

“B, what is a Pretty Pink Box?”

It’s just that, my loves.

See…

“OH! You mean it’s an actual pink box!”

That’s right. What sits inside of this little piece of heaven is a cosmetic newbie or junkie’s dream; sample sizes and coupons of cosmetic companies (most are upcoming and coming baby companies!). This is such a genius idea on so many levels. From what I see, My Pretty Pink Box does two things.

It allows YOU, the consumer to try sample (and most time full) sizes of an array of beauty products. How frustrating is it to purchase an item that just didn’t work for you? For only $11.99, you get the opportunity to try not one, not two or three, but MANY different products from many different brands.

AAAAND……My Pretty Pink Box also allows YOU, the entrepreneur, the make-up line creator, the inventor to get your products OUT there. With every purchase of a My Pretty Pink Box….you have another opportunity of getting your product to be seen, used and re-purchased.

Everyone benefits!!

Especially when goodies like these pop up….




You know you want one.
You know you deserve one.

Once a month My Pretty Pink Box goes out. And once you a month you can treat yourself to an affordable little gift. Actually…..GIFTS since you get so many products in that little box.

What do you think? Would you purchase one of these boxes for yourself? Or for your best friend? Ohmigoodness….wouldn’t this be fabulous little surprise for Mom?

To find out how to BUY or BE IN My Pretty Pink Box, click HERE. The next My Pretty Pink Box will go out April 8th!

Because spoiling yourself ain’t so bad,

P.S.
Emails have been sent out to the Zoya Color Lock System Giveaway winners. Check your emails, ladies! Be sure to confirm with me your name and address before the goodies go off to someone else.

Beauty Review: Victoria Secret’s Pink Body products

I love trying to predict what cosmetic companies are going to come out with next. It’s like a never ending game that us beauty editors like to play. But if you would have told me that Victoria Secret’s was going to drop some organic, 100% vegan, eco-friendly products, I would have given you the “WTF face”.

But they did….and they have truly given me another reason to adore Victoria and her secrets!


Nourishing Body Wash
with Organic Shea Butter


Price:
4 out of 5 (each bottle is $12 or 2/$20)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“…..our nourishing body wash is ultra rich, to moisturize and replenish as it cleanses. Infused with Organic Shea and Cocoa Butters to help heal and hydrate, plus a shot of U.S.-sourced Grape Seed Oil for antioxidant protection.” (source)

The truth:
I have since purchased 2 more of these body washes. They are incredible!

What I loved about it: I love the light fragrance and how it left my skin super smooth.

What I didn’t like:
Err, what’s not to like?

Overall: This body wash is fantastic! I really don’t like body washes with overpowering scents. This baby does the job with minimal fragrance and leaves my skin silky smooth.

……and ANOTHER wonderful product.

Soothing Hand Cream

Price: 5 out of 5 (it was $8)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5


What it claims:
“Our intensive cream deeply moisturizes to restore softness without feeling greasy. Enriched with Organic Oat Extract to calm, plus U.S.-sourced Soy Milk to fortify.” (source)

The truth:
This hand cream is a stable in my make-up bag right now.

What I loved about it: It’s not greasy!

What I didn’t like:
I liked everything about it.

Overall: Now when it comes to hand creams, I am pretty picky. I like creams that don’t leave any residue, don’t have strong scents and are actually GOOD at tackling my ‘off the chain’ ash factor. I found it with this hand cream. It leaves NO sticky/film-y/greasy residue. My hands soak up all of the moisturizing agents of this cream. And guess what? An hour later….my hands STILL feel soft.

….oh, and guess what else?


That’s right! Paraben free. *does the Cabbage Patch*

I am so impressed with you right now, Ms. Victoria. Products for decent prices that are organic AND actually work well? Heyyyy!!!

So what do you think? Have you seen these products? Would you be interested in trying them out?

Tell me!

Amor de Lacquer: Yuck colors on brown skin, part I

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Well well well….finally! I have gotten around to start doing some posts on nail polishes that aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

Now don’t think for one second that I came up with this idea. Yall know that I think that us brown skinned people can wear any nail polish color. And I still believe that. But after rummaging through my stash, I have come across some colors that just aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

They aren’t bad. But they aren’t gorgeous either. In fact, I call them “Yuck colors”.

Here’s Yuck Color #1
Misa Hot Couture with flash


No flash

Don’t even try to make me feel good about this one. This color is just awful. I’m not sure how it would look on any skintone really. It’s just funky and I think I purchased it JUST to prove a point. I knew I wouldn’t like it.

I would best describe this color as “browning honey mustard. It takes only two coats and I like the finish but that’s all that I like about it.

Yuck Color #2
OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques

I don’t care what anyone says…this color looks terrible on me. My sister, J over at Betty Brown Beautification shares the same sentiments. In fact we laugh and say that this color looks like dirty mop water. Tis is true! I am all for uniqueness but this looks gaudy and extremely unflattering on brown skin. See what I mean…

And it looks far worse without the flash…


I don’t even feel pretty with this color on my tips.


Yikes! I know someone out there is wanting to throw a dagger at me. I know this is a highly coveted color. And while the application is to die for, the color itself is not. I am all for uniqueness but I would rather rock 1 inch french manicured nails than You Don’t Know Jacques.

LOL…it is that bad. And I have yet to trash it.

What do you think? Think these are “yuck colors”? Find them flattering? Or do you think I’m loca? Tell me!

Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: At Home French Manicures


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMY!!!!

Welcome back to another post from Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara! This is a reader requested post that challenged the mess out of me.

But yall know I love challenges.

Any French manicure fans out there?

I can’t say that I’m one. I used to rock them like crazy in college, though. I would get pink and white gel nails done religiously. See!


Focus on the nails, kids. Ignore the brows and mess dorm room. Here is another French manicure shot.


Oh yes….I wore it out! And I think one of the reasons why I don’t care for the look any more is because I wore it so much. That and I change my polish every day. But I still like to do it on my toes!

There are many ways to do at-home French manicures. While some like to purchase the kits, I find that I can do the same thing that the nail techs do!

Here is what I use:

-White polish…I love Sally Hansen’s InstaDri polish. The enormous wand is great for all-over coverage on the nail.


-Pure Acetone

-A firm brush (I use MAC 212 SE). I got this brush in a gift set and never used it. I found that it works perfectly for french manicures AND polish clean-up.

For this tutorial, we will be polishing these two bare nails.

Start off with polishing the tip of your nails. Don’t worry about neatness here.


Dip your brush into a little acetone…make sure that the brush isn’t TOO wet. You don’t it dripping but make sure that at least the tip of the brush is wet.

At this point, I turn my nails so that they are facing me (uncomfortable, but it works!) and move the brush upward to clean whatever mess I made in my initial application. Because my nail beds are longer, I like to have a significant amount of white on my tips. It just looks better to me.


And viola!


It is really is easy! I think I may play around with different colors on the tips, just for fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tropical manicure and African manicure…the latter really does exist. LOL!


Are you a french manicure kind of girl or not so much? Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Polish Pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: What Steph’s Closet Says…


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

In honor of Amor de Lacquer Week, I was able to snag some tips from some of my favorite nail bloggers.

Steph’s Closet

What I would give to be Steph’s little sister for a day and rummage in her closet. I would have a field day! Here is what she says is one of the most important tips when it comes to nail care.

“My most important nail tip is moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! A good hand cream (any brand) and cuticle oil (my fave, solar oil) are holy grail products that I can’t live without. All it takes, is a few rubs of creative’s solar oil when you see the first sign of dryness and tada!. It’s amazing! “

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

Amor de Lacquer: Shades by Barielle, Summer ’09 Collection

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Summer collections already? That’s right! And I couldn’t be more excited. This is my first time playing around in nail polishes by Barielle. Their Sugar Rush collection reminds me of delicious candies and satisfies my chronic candy cravings. And guess what? I am impressed with all of the colors!

And guess what else? There are a ton of creams. Yall know I love cream finishes. Brown girls who only wear different variations of berry colored polishes, brace yourselves for this one. While these colors rock my socks I know others may think they are “too bright”.

I’ll start with the safest color first. LOL!

Cotton Candy


Yum yum! Forget the rides at the fair, just buy me 3 big bags of cotton candy and I am good to go. I am pretty much addicted to the stuff. This color makes me want to lick my nails. HA! I’m not even kidding. It is a fun pink and I thought it was pretty boring in the bottle but it turned out to be fun against my brown skin.

Swizzle Stix

Wow oh wow!! This robin egg blue is the FIRST color like this in my collection. It is absolutely stunning. The application was a little wonky—which can happen with a lot of Big 3 Free polishes but I just adored the outcome. I can’t wait to wear this one on my toes!

Decadence

I wasn’t initially impressed with this color. It looked just “Okay” to me. After rocking it, I have decided that I love it tremendously. What an awesome color! If you can’t quite wear blues or greens, Decadence is the perfect place to start. It isn’t too CRAZY but shows that that you don’t mind “funkin’ up” your polish game a bit. I like it!

Grape Escape


Oh….mi…..goodness! It’s another purple cream, kids. My favorite kind of nail polish ever ever ever ever. Yall hear the echo? Oh yes, this color looks good enough to eat. It seriously looks like a piece of candy. The application of this polish was exceptional. Or maybe it’s because I am bias. I don’t know. Anyway, it is definitely my favorite out of bunch.

Lemondrops


First off, please excuse the application of this polish. There is something about yellows. They always seem to drag down to my cuticles. And clean up is never easy. But honestly, it’s worth it. This color was my official “Makeup Show LA” color. Every time I travel and every event I go to, there is a nail polish color that corresponds with that event. (My birthday-Zoya Tart. Inauguration-Zoya Marry J…see what I mean?) Lemondrops is absolutely beautiful against the brown skin. I think it’s my favorite yellow yet. It’s not TOO bright but isn’t too dull and ashy either. I have to show some colors against clothing or other objects so that yall can see it in a different light.


Go yellow!!

Sweet Addiction

Now this is a different color. I don’t think I have one like this. It reminds me of the ocean. LOL, don’t ask why. Polishes with cream finishes make me so happy. Don’t get me wrong, I am becoming a glitter lover and I can deal with shimmery finishes every now and then but at the end of the day, creams steal my heart. Sweet Addiction is no exception.

I used only 2 coats for each color. I found that some of the polishes were extra thick. I’m not sure why, but it wasn’t fun to deal with. I had to use some polish thinner to get a better formula and once I did that, everything worked out fine! I like Shades by Barielle. They don’t contain any of those yucky chemicals in their polishes (safe for the preggo ladies!) and are $8 a bottle. You can snag them HERE. Expect to see more of their colors from me!

So what do you think? Any of these colors makin’ you swoon?
Tell me!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Color Lock System and Giveaway!!

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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 can’t tell yall how much I love Zoya’s Color Lock Sytem. I love how each product works in conjunction with the other. I love when you use them all together, you can guarantee that your polish will stay put.


What Zoya says about the Color Lock System,

“Use Color Lock System Complete Kit from Step 1-5 to surround and protect great color to make it last! ZOYA’s unique color lock system surrounds polish with a protective barrier against moisture, bubbling, chipping and UV damage.” (source)

In each system you will get one of the following:

-Zoya Remove + nail polish remover (OMG, it is the best EVER!)
-Zoya Anchor basecoat
-Zoya Get Even Ridge filling basecoat
-Zoya Armor top coat & UV block
-Zoya Hurry Up speed dry drops
-Zoya Renew polish rejuvenator

I use each product ALL of the time. I find that they work well with all of my polishes but they work even better with Zoya polishes.

This system is not just for any ole’ polish wearin‘ lady. For $48 I think that this is an investment for the serious polish fiends out there. $48 doesn’t seem like a lot when you consider what you are getting. And who you are getting it from. Zoya is one of the best in the nail care industry.

You can find out more about the Zoya Color Lock System HERE.

Would you buy this? Let me know what you think.

BUT WAIT…..
(infomercial voice)

Shoot me a comment HERE including your name and email address telling me how much you want this and THREE lucky winners will snag this system. Only U.S. residents are eligible and you have until FRIDAY, April 3, 2009 (my Mommy’s b-day!) at midnight E.S.T. to get your entry in. Do not forget to include your email address! It is the only way that I can contact you.

Polish Pretty,

Amor de Lacquer: Strong nails via vitamins

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.


When it comes to keeping nails strong, sometimes it starts on the inside. Aside from keeping a well balanced diet and working out every day, I also take vitamins religiously. I have been taking multi-vitamins and Vitamin C since I was a little girl. Fish oil pills have been ensuring that I get my omega 3 intake daily amd for the past 4 months or so I have been taking Biotin.

What MotherNature.com says about Biotin,

…..so far, only one nutrient—biotin, part of the B-complex—has been proven helpful for nail health in people who aren’t malnourished.” (source)

I also know that you HAVE to take biotin in conjunction with a multi-vitamin.
Of course you should do some more of your own research and talk with a doctor prior to taking any new vitamins.

Has it been working well for me? I would say so! My nails are finally as healthy as they were pre-acrylic days.

Do you take this vitamin? How do you keep your nails strong?

Polish Pretty,