OPI San Francisco collection, part I

I feel like such a big girl. I am finally caught up on reviewing summery nail polish collections and can now start cranking out Fall collections. Wee! I love when OPI does these location-themed collections. I always feel like I know a city a little better without actually going. Which probably sounds crazy but whatev. I received this collection for review and here’s the first 6 of ‘em.

OPI San Francisco

And I’m in love with them all. Or most of ‘em at least.

OPI OPI  Peace & Love & OPI polish

Peace & Love & OPI is a gorgeous sage and eggplant duochrome. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this polish. Duochromes are everywhere these days so I tried so hard not to be impressed but man, this baby just shines.

OPI Keepin' Suzi At Bay

Keepin’ Suzi At Bay is a rich and creamy bright blue. OPI describes it as a navy blue but I find it to be more of a cobalt blue.

OPI Incognito in Saulsalito

Incognito in Saulsalito is a dark blue that almost looks black at a quick glance. There’s nothing special to it but I love a good vampy and dark blue for the cooler months.

OPI Haven't The Foggiest

Haven’t The Foggiest is a foil-y and shimmery silver. Nothing out of the ordinary but somehow it fits in the collection.

OPI Dining Al Frisco

Dining Al Frisco is a gorgeous blue with sweet silvery undertones. I’m not sure how unique this is but I love it anyway.

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

A-Piers To Be Tan is a chocolate-ly tan that I’m on the fence about. I never know how I feel about colors like this. Sometimes I like how they look and other times I’m like “Ewww!”

 

OVERALL: I applied 3 coats of each polish and didn’t have problems with any of them. Peace & Love & OPI really only needed 2 coats but I figured a third wouldn’t hurt. Stay tuned for my review of the next 6 of these babies.

My new Hair Color with Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection

Last week I gave you gorgeous people a sneak peek of my hair coloring adventures. This post is sponsored by Glam and this go ’round I am showing you the results. You ready?

Clairol Professional

Not too bad, huh? I was surprised at how well Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection took on my dark brown hair. I always love going lighter when it comes to hair color but it can be tricky to do so without bleaching. I’ve had some TERRIBLE experiences with bleach so I’ve left that aspect of hair coloring to the professionals. But, I’m too cheap to pay anyone to do my hair so I am often left with hoping that my demi, semi and permanent hair jobs can lighten enough. And well, this stuff surprised me.

In the previous post I talked about how super easy it was to mix up. Application took longer than I expected (you know, considering I I only have less than 2 inches of hair) but when it did take it was gorgeous!

Hair Color

Of course there isn’t much styling to do to your hair when it’s this long so I simply wet my hair and ran my fingers through it to get my curls to pop a bit.  If I know I’m going to be out in the hot Florida sun, sometimes I’ll pile a little gel on top to help the curls stay around a bit longer but water usually works with no problem.

What do you think? I know most people go darker for the cooler months but hey, I beat to a different drum. :cool:

Natural Hair

Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

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

 

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Silky Smooth Hair with Dove’s Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Dove Daily Moisture

I know, I know. It’s as if Clumps of Mascara has turned into some kind of hair blog, right? It’s okay to switch it up every now and then, right? Through Glam Media, I was offered the opportunity to review Dove’s Daily Moisture Shampoo and Daily Moisture Conditioner. Considering I’m working with short hair again, I’m pretty open to trying many brands again. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried something from Dove so I was excited to give these a whirl.

Dove Shampoo and Conditioner

Aside from being a bit too strong on the fragrance side, I really enjoyed these! Since I recently colored my hair, I need a ton of moisture. I don’t wash my hair Daily but if I did, I know this stuff would work beautifully.

The shampoo is on the thicker side which works for me because it makes distributing it all over my dome super easy.

Dove Shampoo

I like to slather it on my hair and let is do its thing for a few minutes before rinsing out. I don’t use shampoos often because they tend to strip the hair but I found that this shampoo didn’t leave my hair as crunchy. WIN!

And then there’s the conditioner…

Dove Conditioner

I can get by using this more than the shampoo because it is just so creamy and wonderful. A dollop on my head goes a long way and after letting it sit for a good 10 minutes or so, my hair is beyond silky smooth. I can even get past the strong fragrance. Dove’s hair products are a lot like their body products. The end result is always silky smooth softness!

Right now Dove has this awesome sweepstakes going on. The Dove Great Hair Affair Sweepstakes has thousands of prizes up for grabs.

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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Attend the Be Well Expo in Pasadena

I won’t be able to make it to this fabulous expo but for my girls and guys on the West Coast, this event may be up your alley. I’m thinking beauty lovers and skincare aficandos will enjoy this expo and the entrance fee is only a cool $25. Not too shabby! Tickets are $25 for a 1-day pass and $50 for a 2- day pass. If you use the code BW2013, you can get 20% off at BeWell-Expo.com.

Additional deets

Date: October 12th and 13th
Location: Pasadena Convention Center 300 E. Green St. Pasadena, CA 91101

The entrance fee of $25 will give you access to:

  • A Skin Analysis Lounge.
  • An Eco-Beauty Bar.
  • A Healthier Gel Polish manicure at the Eco-Nail Bar.
  • Tanning Bar access.
  • Lash application.
  • A relaxing sound bath with Tibetan Bowls by Karma Moffett.
  • Aura Imaging.
  • Access to the yoga studio.
  • Lots of shopping!.

 

Looks like a relaxation good time, huh? Purchase tickets ASAP as they won’t be around long!

JOHNSON’s Drugstore Beauty Challenge: The Results!

Remember when I had the JOHNSON’s Drugstore Beauty Challenge and picked a few folx who promised that if they won, they would share their experiences with dabbling into some luscious products?

Check out what Liz has to say!

JnJ Body Wash

After scoring some awesome Johnson’s products (Vanilla Oatmeal Baby Moisture Wash and Baby Lotion, Baby Bedtime Moisture Wash and Baby Bedtime Lotion, Baby Bubble Bath & Wash, Baby Moisture Wash, Soothing Vapor Baby Bath and Baby Shampoo), I had only just brought them in before my Mr. asked if he could use these products, too, if they were in the shower. When I told him he could, he got REALLY excited about the Soothing Vapor Baby Bath, and immediately tried to inhale the scent. Too bad the safety seal was still on the bottle!

Of course, once I told people I was trying Johnson’s baby range, I heard a whole host of stories about their daily use of baby lotion, baby oil, and baby oil gel. To this day, my mom makes a concoction she refers to as “goop” which consists of a mixture of petroleum jelly and Johnson’s baby oil (there is NOTHING like goop on your feet! Nothing.).

JnJ Lotion

Browsing in the stores, I was very surprised at the range of Johnson’s products, including a natural range and cream in a tube that I imagine would be perfect for the dry autumn and winter months! The best thing of all is that I not only have a ton of products to use, I’ve found a new favorite thing. I have found my HG eye makeup remover, and it is Johnson’s baby shampoo! I already use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to clean my makeup brushes; it cleans them gently, but thoroughly, so I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that it would make an AMAZING eye makeup remover. My daily work eye makeup look includes eye primer, two eyeshadows, brow pencil and two different mascaras, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is thorough yet gentle in removing ALL of that.

See! Who says you need an actual babeh to make good use out of these products! Thanks for sharing, Liz!

Coloring My Hair with Clairol

My hair has gone through some changes this year. Good and bad. I started the year off with locs down my back, then I chopped ‘em all. Then I got this cute and curly cut. My barber disappeared and so out of desperation, I went to another barber. He practically shaved me bald and now I think I’m going to grow my hair out and start my locs again. I adore super short hair and it was so easy to deal with when Elle was a newborn but I’m missin’ styles.

And color.

Clairol hair dye

This is a sponsored post through Glam Media and I got the opportunity to test Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye. I haven’t dyed my hair in almost a year which is sooooo unheard of for a hair dye addict like myself. I picked the shade Classic Moongold which is level 7 medium cool blonde. I picked this one because I knew it would lift my dark brown hair enough to show a difference. Dyeing dark brown hair without bleaching is challenging but I’d much rather do it WITHOUT bleach. I did an at-home bleach dye once, honey and it was a bad idea.

You know you dye your hair a lot when you already have the tools at home. I had gloves, a mixing bowl, brush and everything…

Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye

Dyeing short hair is a breeze compared to when I used to dye my locs. Loc’d hair had to be rinsed out several times to ensure that you got every bit of the dye out. But when you’ve got an inch of hair or less on your head, it just makes everything easier. Oh, and I did my brows too. Because I’m big on my brows and hair matching. If even a little. By the way, I didn’t use the developer that was provided. I already owned Clairol’s Developer in 30 and used that instead. I’ve dyed my hair enough to know the 30 is optimal for my natural hair color.

So I mixed and mixed…

Mix

And I applied.

Applying hair dye

It was beyond easy and even those who are weary of doing hair color at home will probably love how seamless this is. Wanna see the turn out? Stay tuned for next week’s post!

Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

 

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

 

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Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Okay, ignore the fact that I haven’t done in mascara review in over 2 months. I know. Bad blogger. My excuse? I just didn’t feel like it. A little too honest, huh? My bad, y’all. Sometimes I just have to quit doing something for a few weeks and months so I don’t get insanely burned out with it, ya know? But I’m back and like after every hiatus, I am more in love with mascaras. And what better mascara to pull me out of the proverbial shell than this one?

I’m hoping that having the word sex all up and through this blog post won’t send perverted spammers my way. And if that happens, you better believe every sex will be changed to a $ex. So yeah. How blunt is that for a mascara name? You either love it or hate it. I’m a bit of a prude but I am also annoyed at every other mascara with the names like Dramatic Awesome Can’t Believe They’re Really Real Volumizing Wonderbeast so this actually works for me. It’s hard for me to hate a Too Faced product so let’s boogie on down and see how this baby did…

Price: $23 from Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. Better Than Sex mascara contains a film-forming polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear and unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible.” (source)

The Truth: Welllll, it’s not better than sex but it’s a close second. Bahahaaaaa!

What I Loved About It: It gives great volume!

What I Didn’t Like: The wand holds on to A LOT of mascara.

Overall: My mission these days is to provide shorter and to the point reviews. No one wants to read a dissertation on mascara. Not even me. So here goes…this is a GREAT mascara. Too Faced does really well with mascaras so I had high hopes for this one. And it delivered! Lé wand…

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara wand

Now the wand can be a bit tricky. Because it’s more of a brush wand than a plastic wand, the bristles aren’t super stiff. This is great for folx with longer lashes but it kinda sucks for those of us with wonky all over the place lashes. I’m not sure this is the best mascara wand for combing through the lashes. And the wand tends to collect a lot of excess mascara.

But once you get past that, you’ll find a dynamite mascara with amazing volumizing and lengthening power. I really only needed 2 coats of this stuff to have my lashes REALLY stand out. The formula is on the thicker side so pushing it to more than 2 coats may result in clumping. And while I didn’t experience any flaking, I would have loved for this mascara to have a bit more staying power. My lashes didn’t seem as dynamic hours after I applied it. I’m guessing a good waterproof topcoat mascara can alleviate that problem.

Still though…it’s pretty amazing and I will definitely be making this baby my staple mascara for at least a month. Which is a big deal for me.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! I just wouldn’t purchase this when you’re out and about with your Grandma because that may make things awkward. Unless your Grandma is extra cool in which case…buy her one too!

Have any of you Too Faced lovers tried this mascara? Will the name of it stop you from buying it?

Gettin’ Healthy Skin with Green Smoothies + $125 Whole Foods gift card giveaway!

We’re back with our monthly Eucerin post and this time we’re talking nutrition and healthy eats. I love my skin care products like siblings, but let’s face it, if it’s trying to get your skin in better health, nothing works like a good ole’ diet. My skin is in the best shape of my life and I think a lot of it has to do with my ditching dairy, wheat, sodas and fast food. I only drink water and I drink my weight in green smoothies.

Fresh Fruit smoothie

Yep, you gals know how much I loooooove my green smoothies. Eucerin provided me with a gift card to Whole Foods and I scooped up a whole ‘lot of fruits ‘n veggies. We usually purchase our weekly bundle of fruit’s ‘n stuff from local farmer’s markets (cheaper and I love supporting small businesses) but it was fun shopping at Whole Foods for a change. Despite my being a hippie and all, I don’t really shop there because I find it crazy expensive but we managed to get quite a bit for our family of 3. And as soon as we got home I whipped up an enormous green smoothie for Esposo, Elle and I.

Green smoothie

It’s Skin Care Awareness Month so I tossed in ingredients that I know are going to help keep our skin healthy and clear. The spinach will help combat wrinkles, the avocado will help heal blotchy skin and those sweet strawberries will help keep skin clear. And I tossed in a dollop of almond butter for added protein.

Almond butter

And because it adds the right kind of sweetness to any smoothie.

Wanna get your own bundle of healthy eats from Whole Foods? Eucerin will give one lucky winner a $125 to Whole Foods AND Eucerin goodies. Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

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* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.