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 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.
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!
Your fellow nail polish junkie,
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.
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.
Sooo, I’ve been meaning to review these scubs for quite some time. The photos you see now are a good 4 months old. I have actually used every bit of those scrubs and I am in the process in making another order.
You see….I love scrubs. Exfoliating is a ritual in my bathroom. I can’t help but scrub down a good two times a week. As you would imagine, I run out of scrubs pretty frequently. Somehow–I don’t mind. It allows me to play around with different brands. Once upon a time I reviewed Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Sea Salt scrub. This time I showin’ you….
Price: 3 out of 5 (7oz for $17 from Qtica.com)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
What it claims: “…..Non-drying and non-irritating formula is easy on delicate skin. Takes hassle-free to a new level; no mixing or stirring needed, ever! The key word is sugar-that means that it’s a clean-dissolving exfoliant that will never leave a sticky residue behind or harm/clog spa jets.” (source)
The truth: La verdad? Well…it’s a darn good scrub!
What I loved about it: Yesss…another scrub that doesn’t make make your tub a potential accident area. I love it! The sugar scrubs exfoliate beautifully and then….it dissolves and goes the drain without any clogging action. Heyyyy!
What I didn’t like: Gosh mannn, I wish it was bigger. I felt like after a few squirts–it was gone.
Overall: I reallllly like these scrubs. A LOT! I don’t mean to exaggerate but this is one of the BEST scrubs I have ever used. It does on an excellent job at exfoliating and it just feels like an experience on the skin. I LOVE that it’s in a tube. Perfect for the shower and for traveling. If I had to re-arrange the packaging, though, I would definitely make the nozzle a little wider.
You reallllly have to sca-weeeeze to get the scrub out. And when I got to halfway point, I found myself removing the top just to get the rest of the scrubby goodness. Wasn’t the biggest inconvenience but….you know.
Nothing can beat the fabulousness that is the scrub itself. It is thick enough to smooth all over the skin but thin enough to wash down the drain without clogging the pores.
Goes on like…
I am in love with it! Out of the two I love Cherry Bing the most. Papaya Star is sweet too. The scents aren’t too strong which is preferred since a lot of us use body washes either before or after scrubs. The price is a bit steep for a scrub but beauty is an investment, right? I know, I know. A good scrub to me is one under $10 but since Qtica is one of my favorites, I don’t mind dropping the extra penny or two. Qtica is a hot commodity in spas all over the country.
I hope not! I know that these reviews will more than likely help future Clumps readers in case they are interested about the brand and products.
And like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Carol’s Daughter hair products can be used on ALL hair textures. However, you know your hair best so if you generally do NOT put oils in your hair, I wouldn’t assume that the ones I am reviewing will work wonders for you. Hmmkay?
On to the reviews!!
Price: 3 out of 5 ($19 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
What it claims: “A hair oil for dry hair and scalp designed to moisturize and nourish hair. It adds shine and combat dry scalp, this rich, yet lightweight treatment oil helps prevent hair breakage and promotes healthy hair growth.” (source)
The truth: This was my FIRST Carol’s Daughter product and I am still using it so that should tell you something.
What I loved about it: Ohmiwords, the smelllll!
What I didn’t like: The price for this oil is a little steep. Especially if your hair is like mine and seems to ALWAYS be thirsty.
Overall: I recently ran out of this oil–hence the website photo! I smelled this product before owning it. Seriously! I had a professor in undergrad who wore Sisterlocks. I would always go and chit-chat with her after class and could always smell her hair. It reminded me of my African dance instructor; she too wore a fragrance similar to that. After finding out that she moisturized her scalp and locs with Lisa’s Hair Elixir, I ran to Sephora and purchased it. I haven’t looked back. I.LOVE.THIS.STUFF. It has a strong “wood-sy” smell….very organic and outdoorsy. This scent isn’t for everyone. My Mother can’t stand it. But Lisa’s Hair Elixir will always be a staple in my hair drawer.
You knew it was coming, didn’t you? Another collection of matte polishes has surfaced and I have the review here for you. I have been playing around with matte polishes for a few months or so and Zoya’s are different from all of the other matte polishes I have dabbled around in. But different good or diffferent bad? Peep the review!
How does Loredana measure up to Man Glaze’s Fuggen Ugly? Simply put….it doesn’t. Loredana is described as a matte gunmetal with shimmer. It is relatively darker than Fuggen Ugly and I prefer Loredana. How gorgeous does she look with flash? Without flash, eh…but with flash, oh la laaaa!!
Another black matte, gotta love that!! Don’t laugh at my rhyme. You know it’s dope. Look out for my album titled “Another Black Matte”. HA!! Dovima is pretty. I like her quite a bit. She is a little on the streaky side though. And it takes a little maintenance to get her under control. You have to apply a second coat immediately or you will run into a hot streaky mess.
Your fellow nail polish junkie,
It’s that time again!!
Once upon a time here at Clumps of Mascara I had an eyeliner face-off. That’s right. I rounded up a few of my favorite eyeliners; both drugstore and higher end put them to the test to see which ones were the most durable.
Because you know they ALL claim to be smudge-proof and waterproof. Yeah yeah…
I decided to do another face-off. I have six teams this time around.
Meet the teams!
(from left to right)
Team N.Y.C. Waterproof eyeliner pencil (sky high)
Team Maybelline Unstoppable (onyx)
Team Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye pencil (jet black)
Team Tarte Emphas Eyes high definition eye pencil (green)
Team Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencils (covet)
Team MAC Pearlglide eye liner (rave)
Choose who you think we will now and see if you are right!
I took the liners through Three Rounds. Round I was Durability. I used them on the back side of one hand and left them there for a good 5 hours. Which liners made it the first round?
Team Rimmel is slowly sliding away this go round. Looks like Team N.Y.C., Urban Decay and MAC are holdin’ on! But will they last the final test? The ultimate tri-swatch test? I rubbed my fingers vigorously over the liners. You would never do this in real life but if the liners can stand up to this, they will really last on your eyes.
Can’t judge the liner by the price. For under $5 N.Y.C. really surprised me!
Rock on, N.Y.C. Cosmetics!
What are some of your favorite liners?
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…
The verdict. Dior’s Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect lippies have beautiful packaging.
Anyone try and glosses from Dior? Would you? Could you? Is $25 not insanely steep for a gloss? What say you?!