Pantene’s Truly Natural Custard and Serum

This sponsored post is brought to you by the ever so awesome POPSUGAR. A while back I had the opportunity to review the shampoo and condish from the Pantene Truly Natural hair line. And for the most part, I liked everything. To be honest, it’s so much easier to like hair products when my hair is only 2-3 inches long. I’m lettin’ the hurr grow out a bit longer so I’m sure my opinions will become a lot more rigid, but for now I haven’t really run into a hair care product that I really hate.

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Which is why I have nothing but good things to say about any of these products. But I’d really like to focus on the Defining Curls Styling Custard and the Shine Serum + Argan Oil. But first things first…

I ain’t got no curls. There’s no shame in my game but my hair really only has a defined pattern when it is cut close to my scalp. Since I’ve got a few inches on the wig, my curls are more like…fuzz. This is a true story, girls. I always find that custards don’t work well on my hair when it’s longer.

The Defining Curls Styling Custard promises to define curls (obvs) and add shine. I’ve never gotten any added shine from jelly-type products but I stayed optimistic with this Custard. The key to really get this stuff to work is to make sure to use it on wet hair. And by wet, I mean saturated. I used a dollop of the custard on my freshly washed hair and found it to really work well with my curls/fuzz. My hair didn’t feel crispy and hard hours later and I didn’t have any flakiness going on. Because nothing sucks more than flaking styling products.

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And then there’s the Shine Serum with Argan Oil

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My hair is dry as the Sahara so I love any and everything that has to do with an oil. Especially argan oil! I loved how lightweight this felt. Far too often serums can be insanely greasy but this wasn’t too bad. I found it worked best when I’d rub a bit all over the dome and then cover with a head scarf at night. And whoever thought to put it in a spray bottle is a genius. Love that idea!

So yes, I’m a big of a hair snob but I do have to appreciate Pantene’s attempt at catering to the natural haired girls of the world. I am hard to please but I think the line will work well for the average natural haired girl who is looking for products to cater to her kinks and curls. Fragrance-wise, I have a have a hard time wearing hair products with loud scents (and these scents aren’t exactly soft) but hey, I feel that way about alllll hair and skincare products. Overall, though these budget-friendly hair care products will likely work well for many of my girls with natural hair.

 

The following FTC disclosure: “Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pantene Truly Natural, all opinions are my own.”

Mascara Monday: POP Beauty No Clump Comb mascara

I’m trying to stay active with doing Mascara Monday posts because they are the real bread and buttah at Clumps of Mascara. Plus I feel so bad when I get emails from y’all that are like “I was soooo looking forward to a mascara review today. My life is now ruined because you didn’t post one. Gahhhh!!!”

Okay, they are never that dramatic but I still feel bad. I’m going to try crazy hard to keep cranking them out but do know that the blog may be running slowly in the next few weeks as I adjust to this new job. Oh yeah, and the holidays. .

What I definitely didn’t have to adjust to though, is POP Beauty’s No Clump Comb mascara. Just wait until you see the awesomeness that is the wand of this mascara. Just wait…

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*squeals*

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Price: $18.50 from Beauty.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Dramatically unique mascara for no clump application! Fine-toothed comb separates & extends individual lashes, leaving them inked out, volumized and curled. No-smudge, waterproof formula keeps lashes curled & gives this master mascara a 12h+ lash-life” (source)

The Truth: I heard birds singing.

What I Loved About It: The wand! Ooooh, the wand!

What I Didn’t Like: My lashes didn’t thicken up much with this but still…the wand!

Overall: I didn’t know much about this mascara before I tried it. I’ve heard of the brand POP Beauty but I hadn’t heard much about their mascaras. And then I received a sample of this in the mail. The packing was so so. The name didn’t make me want to do cartwheels and so I tossed it to the side for a few moons.

And then something told me to pick it up. And thats when I saw this…

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Do you see that wand?! Do you see that? Look at it! It’s reminiscent of Maybelline’s Lash Stylist wand…one of my favorite mascaras ever! I reviewed that mascara sooooo long ago and it’s been a minute since I’ve thought about it. I don’t know why so many brands got rid of the beloved lash comb style wand but I’ve always liked them. Especially since I have crazy wonky and crazy lashes. Lash combs breeze right through my lashes and make everything better. They’re wonderful!

And it doesn’t matter if they don’t provide a ton of volume. It’s the combing through the lashes that really makes me jump for joy. So yes! I am so excited about this mascara. Did it provide added length and volume? No, not really. But did it comb my lashes to perfection and prep them to be mascara’d up by a mascara with a plush brush? YES!

 

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Lashes after 3 coats

 

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Do I recommend it?: If you’re big on trying to get those lashes straight, you’ll love this mascara. Do know that you’ll probably have to follow up with your favorite volumizing mascara to get some extra umph!

Any other lash comb lovers out there? Where ya at? Come shout and jump for joy with me!

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 13 – Nail polish

I’m a beauty blogger, yes, but I am far from a makeup collector. What I review I typically put to the side to share with my sisters or donate the gently used items to domestic violence shelters for women and children. I have no need to collect makeup. For what? No one really needs 200 tubes of lipstick.

But nail polish…

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Nail polish is different. This is the one thing I actively collect because nail polish really makes me happy. Polishing my nails is therapeutic. It just makes me feel good. Glancing at my nails during a rough day can instantly boost my mood. So yes, I am thankful for nail polish.

 

Little known fact: My water broke while I was polishing my nails. Crazy, huh? 

That Time I Posted Pictures Of My Scars On The Internet

I’m a klutz. And there’s no denying it. I have childhood and adulthood scars all over my body. And I used to be ashamed of ‘em, but whatever. Each scar tells a story and I’m not gonna pretend like I have this perfectly flawless skin because helloooo, I don’t. But at the same time, there are some scars that I wish weren’t so glaringly obvious. And when I got some samples of Mederma, I just knew I’d be puttin’ them to use.

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Please tell me you’ve heard of Mederma. They are only the “#1 doctor and pharmacist recommended brand for scars”. According to Mederma, regular use of their products will assist in improving the appearance of both new scars AND old scars. And since I’m a dork, I figured it would only be right to introduce you to a few of my scars, new and old.

Childhood scar

I got this one in 9th grade. I sat down in a seat at school and some metal pokey thing was sticking out and sliced my arm. Okay, “sliced” sounds dramatic but that’s how it felt when it happened. I remember trying soooo hard not to cry. And that’s when I knew I could handle getting 5 tattoos. Ha!

Childhood scars

That scar is a 2-in-1. One came from tripping on a sidewalk while taking a walk during my church’s summer camp. The other one came from when I was 12 and fell off of my bike. I’ll never forget the burn I got when my Mom poured hydrogen peroxide in that wound. I really should have gotten stitches, Ma. Seriously.

Bug Bite

And then there’s the newbie…got that one from a bug bite during a park day with Elle.

So yeah. I am totally going to be trying Mederma on all of those scars. And when my baby girl gets to being all rough, I’ve got Mederma for Kids on deck.

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Aaaand, Mederma has a Stretch Marks moisturizer!

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

I’ve always been pretty skeptical as it relates to getting rid of stretch marks but at the same time, I never stop trying to get rid of stretch marks. Ha! Mederma products are sold at most drugstores and Mederma for Kids is sold at Target. If you’re not sure where to find it in your area, check out their website.

Anyone else want to share their scars on the world wide web? Come oooooon. :cool:

Mascara Monday: Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

It cracks me up when some makeup brands get all literal with their descriptions. Eyeko wasn’t like “Massive plumping brush”. They’re all like…”fat brush”. Ha! *snort* It’s the little things, y’all. The little things… Anyway, when I got this to review I just knew I had to share it with the blog fam!

EYEKO FAT BRUSH

And obviously this wand ain’t little. It’s fat. Didn’t you read the description?

Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

Price: $19 from Eyeko.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Our super-sized dense bristle brush coats lashes from root to tip building a volumised full lash fringe. Complimented by our fibre-enhanced Keratin formula to boost lashes with carbon black finish for visibly thicker and defined lashes. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is definitely on the thick side.

What I Loved About It: The packaging. This is seriously the best mascara wand everrrrr!!!

What I Didn’t Like: While the formula was nice, the mascara’s performance overall was just…eh.

Overall: Man, I love me some Eyeko. It’s been over a year since I’ve tried their Skinny Brush Mascara and I’m trying to figure out what has taken me so long to play with their mascaras again. Eyeko is most known for their innovative mascara packaging but I’ve also heard that their eyeliners are amaziiiiiing.

Also amazing is this mascara’s wand…

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

Yes, it’s large and in charge (like me, boo!) but I like it. I’m a fan of larger mascara wands. I don’t need to use them often but when it comes to coating the lashes in just a few coats, large wands tend to get the job done. They also make it difficult to get in the inner corners and bottom lashes, but c’mon now, girlfriend. Stop being picky. You can have it all. Application is easy enough but my folx with smaller lids and lashes may run into some trouble.

The good news is, because it’s a fiber mascara, you can take small strokes up to the tips of your lashes for extra long. In fact, I found that to be more effective that attempting to get volume from sweeping the lashes at the base of my lashes. I found the formula to be very lightweight. It was memorable but it wasn’t terrible either.

I think I like the Skinny Brush mascara better because at least you have more control. I think my guys and girls with nice and thick lashes will like a mascara like this because it’ll take their lashes over the level. Those of us who already have puny lashes, however, we won’t see any dramatic differences. Womp.

But the mascara does have some other good specs – it’s paraben-free, contains conditioning keratin and it’s water-resistant.

 

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Lashes after 3 coats

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Do I recommend it?: I’d say nay. I think you’re better off with the Skinny Brush mascara.

Soooo is anyone else in love with Eyeko’s packaging?

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.

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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

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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.