OPI Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Back in September (how is it already November???) OPI released a small collection of 3 polishes showing love to the Miss. Universe pageant. Each polish came with an adorable complementary bejeweled crown ring. Which is just the perfect touch, darling. I received these for review and while they aren’t terrible unique, they are still stunning to look at.

OPI MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Even on my nubs.

OPI I’m Feeling Sashy

I’m Feeling Sashy is a dusty purple and OPI does a great job at producing creamy muted purples like these. It reminds me a lot of Parlez-vous OPI, a very popular shade from OPI from back in the day.

OPI Miss You-niverse

Miss You-niverse is a deep black plum that looks almost black. It’ll make for a great Fall color and it’s just screaming to to be topped off with a shimmery or glitter top coat.

OPI The Gown Needs A Crown

 

The Gown Needs A Crown is a textured matte platinum. We’ve seen the satin finish from OPI before and I’ve always been a fan of it. I loooove this polish so hard. The smoothness of the polish just looks stunning. It’s sheer perfection!

 

OPI MISS UNIVERSE collection

I applied 3 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems with them. If you’re loving any of these you better hop to it and snag them with the quickness. I’ve spotted them at ULTA but I’m not sure how long they’ll last!

My Dove Hair Update + Get FREE samples!

So remember that time I reviewed Dove’s Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner and I talked about how awesome they were? Welllll I’m back with a mini-update of how the products have been doing on my hurr.

Dove Shampoo and Conditioner

This Glam sponsored-post gave me the opportunity to dive back into Dove products and it has been my first time dancin’ with their hair care products since I’ve been rockin’ the short do. The weather is getting cooler (yay?) and that coupled with my hair growing at the speed of light is bringing about some crazy thangs. For one thing, my hair is already getting drier! How is that even possible? The good news is, I’ve been getting extra moisturization thanks to the Dove Condish. I don’t wash my hair daily but when I do, I slather that stuff all over, wait for it to do its magic and yeahhhhh.

I took this picture some weeks ago and posted it to Instagram under the #DoveGreatHairDay hashtag. And you better believe that if I had hurr I’d be flippin’ it right about now.

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That’s me and my girl Courtney from Phyrra.net out to dinner.

What’s that you say? You want to try Dove’s Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner? Hurry and submit your information to get some free samples courtesy of Glam. And by hurry I mean right now, girlfriend. They are only giving away 500 samples. Eek!!

Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs. After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.”

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What’s The Deal With Mario Badescu’s Peptide Renewal Products?

I’ve been on a serious skincare kick lately. Sometimes I really wish I could go to beauty school and get become a licensed esthetician. But dude, I’m not paying for any more schooling. I’ll be paying off my B.A. by the time Baby Clumps is in college. Ha!

Mario Badescu

A few months ago I got a sample of Mario Badescu’s newest skincare products and they both had me swooning. And I’m not sure why because I don’t even know what a peptide is. Hey! Don’t judge. I’m a writer. Not a chemistry whizz. Both the Peptide Renewal Cream and the Peptide Renewal Serum are aimed at fighting wrinkles, tightening and adding moisture to the skin. Cooler weather is just around the corner so I’m thinking this is about the right time to start usin’ these babies.

Mario Badescu Peptide

The Peptide Renewal Serum ($45) contains white willow bark, green tea and the ever so soothing chamomile. It feels absolutely divine and refreshing. And sometimes refreshing is what you need at the end of the day. I like using the serum first thing in the morning and at night but it is especially a treat at night. Texture-wise the serum doesn’t feel hydrating or greasy. It provided a bit of tackiness to my skin after application but man, it feels good.

Mario Badescu Peptie Serum

Awesome Ingdredients it includes:

•Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-7: Wrinkle fighting and lifting
•Nori (Algae) Extract: Firming
•Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: Wrinkle fighting and lifting
•White Willow Bark: Skin clearing
•Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice: Tightens and smoothes
•Green Tea: Powerful antioxidant
•Hyaluronic Acid: Improves moisture levels
•Chamomile: Soothes
•Yarrow: Healing and calming

Mario Badescu serum

The Peptide Renewal Cream ($35) is decadent and lightweight and contains nori extract. Call it overload but I actually like using this over the serum. Mario Badescu says it’ll improve my moisture levels and I totally agree because my chronically dry skin feels like hydrated and smooth.

Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream

MB Peptide Cream

Of course, both of these fragrance-free products have to be used for quite some time before you’ll notice any dramatic differences. And I’m okay with using these until I’ve used ‘em all up. Mario Badescu has always done well by me and I think the Peptide Renewal line is the perfect addition to the MB fam.

Now ‘scuse me while I go drool at other cool stuff on the site.

Mascara Monday: ELLIS FAAS mascara

Every now and then I run into a beauty brand that I’ve never heard of. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, I get embarrassed about it.

“How have you never heard of ELLIS FAAS, B?”

“I don’t know. I just haven’t…..”

I mean, yeah…I live under a rock but when you’ve been beauty blogging, er’body expects you know er’thing. So shoot me! I haven’t heard of ELLIS FAAS and didn’t until I got a sample of this mascara in my Makeup Show Orlando Blogger Preview bag. And whoooooa…

ELLIS VAAS mascaraI dun seen the light.

ELLIS VAAS

Price: $34 from Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.” (source)

The Truth: I love this mascara!!

What I Loved About It: What an incredible wand! And the formula is just beautiiiiful!

What I Didn’t Like: Well, the price is pretty up there but hey, in some cases you get what you pay for. And this mascara is amazing!

Overall: I never got around to really exploring the ELLIS FAAS booth at The Makeup Show Orlando 2013 but I walked past it a few times. I am now kicking myself in the butt for it because if their mascara is this great, I can only imagine what everything else is like. I’m a drugstore lover at heart but sometimes higher end mascaras have a really different (and sometimes better) feel. This mascara just feels luxurious. And I love how simple and uncomplicated the wand is.

ELLIS VAAS mascara wand

I’m starting to prefer the traditional mascara brushes over the plastic wands but when it comes to brushes, I don’t want them huge. This wand is perfect. It is small enough to get in those inner corners but it is large enough to coat each and every lash. I’m thinking those with smaller lids and lashes won’t have any problem with getting this mascara to really coat all of those lashes. The long handle makes it easy to really get into those lashes.

And while I really love the wand my favorite aspect about it is the wonderful formula. This non-clumping, gel-like formula of love is so easy to apply to the lashes. I found that it was also buildable so whether you wanted just 1 coat or 10 coats, chances are you won’t run into any clumps. It isn’t exactly water-resistant so I’m not sure if I would wear this if I knew I was going to the beach but for day-to-day indoor use…it’s fantastic!

I also found the mascara to be very lightweight. I applied 3 coats and still didn’t feel any heaviness to my lashes. Wow.

 

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Lashes after 3 coats

 

Mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: If you’ve got the pennies to spare, I think you’ll love this mascara. It’s just such a pleasure to use.

Am I the only loser who hasn’t heard of ELLIS FAAS? Please tell me I’m not the only one! The good news is, I’ve found an amazing mascara and I can’t wait to check out what other gorgeous thangs the brand has.

3 Lipsticks From Cargo. Wait…3 AWESOME Lipsticks From Cargo!

Need a new brand of lipsticks to try? Duh!! Of course, you do? I mean…who doesn’t? I’m not sure what took them so long but CARGO Cosmetics recently launched their first ever lipstick collection.

Cargo Cosmetics

“Seriously B? They should have done that a long time ago.”

Cargo Essential Lip Color

Hmm mmm, girl. I said the same thing. I received 3 of the 13 lippies from the collection but whoa, I’m impressed. Aren’t I always impressed from CARGO stuffs? Yeah, I am. I got these lippies to review and I thought I’d quickly highlight the shades and talk about the awesome formula.

Cargo Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a pale beige, and let’s be honest. This shade is anything but flattering on me. But what it is, is a pleasure to use! Seriously, I love how creamy and opaque it was with only minimal application. This shade would definitely look better as a nude lippie on my ivory and olive mamas. It can also work nicely if (and only if) it is paired with a brown lip liner.

Cargo Punta Cuna

Punta Cana is a bright fuchsia that just screams “Look at my lips!” You either love it or don’t and I am definitely here for this bright richness of a lipstick.

Cargo Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a deep wine and if this doesn’t scream FALL, I don’t know what shade does. I don’t traditionally wear shades this deep and dark, but I don’t know…I think I’ll be making Bordeaux my signature shade this season.

These lipsticks are more than just hydrating. They apply beautifullllllyyyyy. And I know I’m all dramatic about it, but the silky smooth formula is just everything that I could ever hope for in a lipstick. And I’ve found that they last for a good little while. You know, for a lipstick.

Cargo Cosmetics lipstick

Fantastic quality, Cargo! Quiero mas. You can scoop these lippies up for $22 at CargoCosmetics.com or at ULTA.

Zoya Cashmeres Collection

It’s about to be a Zoya marathon around here for the next few weeks. After this collection, I have 2 more collections to review and I’m not even mad about it. Zoya has been doing some pretty awesome thangs in the nail polish world and I’m just honored to be able to get the chance to share it with y’all. I got this collection to review and Cashmeres is just well…

Zoya Cashmeres

…very lovely indeed.

Zoya Flynn

Flynn is a lush camel brown nude cream and well er uh…I’m just not a fan of how these kind of shades look me. They look like “too light” foundation. In fact, I think the only way I could successfully pull this off is with some glitter thrown on top. And said glitter needs to be a reallllly pretty glitter.

Zoya Sailor

Sailor is a classic dark navy cream. I can’t even begin to explain how much I loooove this polish. Yes, there are plenty of navy blues out there but Zoya does creams beautifully and Sailor is just sheer perfection.

Zoya Pepper

Pepper is a brick red cream and dang, this is a gorgeous. Yeah yeah, I know if you’ve seen one red you’ve seen them all but I love the smokiness of this one. It’s stunning!

Zoya Hunter

Hunter is a dark sea green cream and no one does luscious greens like Zoya. This is such a rich and luscious green.

Zoya Louise

Louise is a rich chocolate brown and it’s another color that I’m on the fence about. I definitely like it more than Flynn but I never know if brown polishes flatter me or make my nails look dirty.

Zoya Livingston

Livingston is a lush autumn red that is THEE perfect red for the season. I’ve got plenty of reds but this one is just perfect.

Bravo Zoya! What a stunning and season-appropriate collection. I love the uniqueness of the shades Louise and Flynn. But for my not so adventurous nail polish wearers, there’s Pepper and Livingston. You can snag the entire collection from Zoya.com for $48 or you can get each polish for $8 a pop.

Which polishes are your faves?

Oil On My Skin All Year? Yes Please!

It took a good 5 years, but my skin has finally calmed down to the point where I can actually go a few weeks or months without a pimple. Yes, y’all. This is a big deal. Pregnancy gave me a mask and a few blemishes but the postpartum life of lactating hormones doesn’t seem to affect me too much so I’m as happy as a clam, yo. So happy. It’s around the 70’s this week in Florida and a gal pal of mine was asking me if I recommended any skincare products to prep her skin for the cooler weather. And so I gave her some suggestions.

Seventh Generation Skin Boosting serum

And it wasn’t until I finished blurting them out that I realized that everything I mentioned was an oil. I love oils. I do. Can’t deny it. Mother Nature knew what she was doing by giving us so many glorious plant-based, ground-based, nut-based and fruit-based oils. I have dubbed skincare oils as the other liquid gold. You know, because breast milk is the first liquid gold.

Why do I love ‘em?

Skin Boosts

They’re versatile

I’ve been playing around with these new natural skin serums from Seventh Generation. The brand recently launched 6 serums that help target various skin issues. The serums have oil bases as their primary carrier oil and then essential oils are dumped in. They are glorious and wonderful and I love that they have so many different uses. I’ve been going through the Clearing with Tea Tree oil serum and not only does it work well all over my face but I use it on dry patches on my skin too. Can’t say the same thing about your face cream. Most face creams just work…on the face. But a good oil, honey…a good oil can be slathered from head to toe.

They work for various skin types

My skin goes through changes during the seasons. My eczema goes crazy and I am practically moisture-less in the winter and during the warmer months, I sweat like mad and always have an oily T-zone. Oils work wonders year round for me. I tend to use a less greasy oil in the summer (like maracuja oil) but this winter, I’ll be all over my Seventh Generation Boosts.

They force you to pamper your skin.

Have you ever just slathered oil in 20 seconds and gone about your business? Naw. It doesn’t work like that. Oils require thorough application. Because I’m picky about an even distribution, I find that when I use oils, I gently rub them in my skin and give myself a mini facial massage. Dude, those 60 second long massages are the perfect start and end to my crazy long days. So yeah. If I’m not going to have a full blown body massage everyday, I am so grateful that my glorious oils force me to pamper my skin a bit.

Seventh Generation Boosts Clearing

If you’re in the market for a new oil but don’t feel like doing a ton of research and trying to find out what’s what…check out these Seventh Generation Boosts. They’ve got something for problematic skin (Clearing), to dry skin (Hydrating) and even those of us working on keeping those wrinkles at bay (Revitalizing). The oils are fragrance-free and wait for it, they contain..just oils. Nothing extra. No random synthetic ingredients. Just almond, grapeseed, apricot oils and luscious essential oils. You can use them solo (that’s what I do) or you can at a squirt or two to your current moisturizer or foundation. As an extra “boost”.

Seventh Generations Boots ingredients

They’re sold exclusively at Walgreens for $14.99 so you’ll have to track ‘em down if you really feel like you need these. And I think you do.

They really are that fantastic.

 

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara

Rimmel Accelerator Endless

Once upon a time and many many moons ago, I fell in love with Rimmel’s Lash Acceleraor. I mean, I was head over heels in love with that mascara. For at least 6 months, every time someone asked me what my favorite mascara was I would blurt out “Rimmel Lash Accelerator!” with full fervor and conviction. I adored that mascara. And time has passed and it looks like Good ole’ Lash Accelerator has a sibling. I had high high hopes for Lash Accelerator Endless.

I mean, HIGH hopes!

Rimmel Accelerator Endless mascara

Price: $8.99 from CVS stores and CVS.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Our first ultra lengthening mascara that defies the laws of lash length defies limits, has a formula with Micro-Fibres and Grow-Lash Complex and grabs every lash for perfect separation with no clumps!” (source)

The Truth: In.Love

What I Loved About It: This mascara has such a nice and thick formula. One coat is really all I needed to get such luscious lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: Because of that thick formula, clumping is definitely bound to happen. And you know how I feel about about clumps of mascara. :cool:

Overall: The original Lash Accelerator mascara was launched over 3 years ago and while it has been a very long time since I’ve tried it, its awesomeness will forever be etched in my memory. You see, this mascara did amazing things. Its ability to provide length and volume was fantastic but it also had a really cool brush. I feel like Rimmel took that mascara, sent it to boot camp and the result is Lash Accelerator Endless. I love everything about the mascara. The wand is just…great!

Rimmel Accelerator Endless wand

I know old skool mascara heads often prefer the brush-style wand over the plastic wand and I do too sometimes but for this mascara, it works! The formula is a bit on the thicker side and a brush wand would really distribute more mascara than you’d like on your lashes. This plastic wand has such long and stiff bristles that it makes applying to the lashes ridiculously easy.

And because of that thick formula, you can really get away with applying just one coat. But of course I’m a rebel so I pushed it to two and even then, the mascara still applied with ease with only minimal clumping around the corners of my lashes. I really have no complaints about this mascara. It does everything you’d want your mascara to do. It applies with ease, it stays put all day and it gives you a great amount of volume and length. The claims say that with extended use it’ll help grow the lashes longer and of course I’ll never know that since I only test mascaras for a week at a time. But still..it’s a great incentive to keep using it!

I’m so glad to see that Rimmel did the Lash Accelerator name right. I am so in love with this baby!

 

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Lashes after 3 coats

 

Rimmel Accelerator Endless on eyes

 

Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah! And I’ll be recommending it as much as I recommended the previous Lash Accelerator.

I can’t believe I am just now reviewing this mascara but man, it really is as awesome as everyone has said. Have you tried it?