The Lip Balms I Almost Ate…

So Clarins has these lipsticks that they only release during the summer and it’s quite a shame. These bad boys are so dang fabulous that it’s a pity they aren’t available year round.

I got ’em to review and it has taken everything in me to not bite them.

Clarins lips

Yah. Like bite bite. They just look so luscious.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins lipsticks

I’m not crazy though. No lipsticks were harmed in this feature.

Clarins packaging

To sum it up, these are fantastic. They look like lipsticks but they feel like balms. They are sheer in color, long-lasting and have a sweet and fruity smell.

Crystal Mandarin has a juicy and sweet orange tint to it. I didn’t think this would work so well but surprise…it does!

Clarins Crystal Mandarin

Crystal Rose, I think, is the most wearable shade for all complexions because it has enough red and pink in it to compliment ladies of all skin tones.

Clarins Crystal Rose

Crystal Gold Plum is really more of a gold and while I’ve never liked gold on my lips, this is subtle enough to actually work kinda well.

Clarins Crystal  Gold Plum

Crystal Berry is a subtle vamp of the family.

Clarins Crystal Berry

They are spectacular. Clarins, please make these available year round. Please! They retail for $26 a pop at and at Clarins counters. I’m all for sheer lipsticks. Sometimes you just don’t want a super pigmented lip, ya know?

By the way, I’m still trying not to bite these. Don’t judge me.

Celebrate National Honeybee Day with these LUSH goodies

Hey honayyyyyyy. National Honeybee Day is this Saturday, August 17th and I am all over it. I’ve always had an affinity for bees. I think they just so wonderful for our ecosystem and the health benefits of honey just doesn’t end. I keep our home stocked with local honey and local raw honey. The second I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I run to my beloved honey. LUSH is lovin’ on honey too. I was sent these products to review in honor of National Honeybee Day.

National Honeybee Day

They have a ton of goodies in their line that are honey-based. Like the Honey Bee Bath Bomb and the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo. Both are available online and at LUSH stores nationwide.

I’ve been taking more baths lately and now that my skin isn’t as wonky (thanks to giving up gluten), I can’t wait to give this Honey Bee bath bomb ($6.95) a whirl.

LUSH Honey Bee bath bomb

Aside from a few of ’em being overly fragrant, I adore bath bombs. This one is toffee-scented and packed with Moroccan Rhassoul mud, aloe vera gel and soothing honey. Basically it’s heaven on Earth. Can’t wait to try!

And then there’s the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo ($9.95 – $29.95)

LUSH Fair Trade Honey shampoo

This preservative-free shampoo is moisturizing and is supposed to give hair a nice sheen. I can’t wait to try this either. I’ve been washing my hair daily these days (one of the many perks of shaving off my hair) and I could use the extra moisture. Plus this shampoo smells so so nice and doesn’t have an obviously strong smell.

Thanks for celebrating bees, LUSH! Of course you’ll be able to find these and more honey-inspired products at and LUSH stores nationwide.

The Gorgeous Zoya Irresistible nail polish collection

My nails have finally decided to stop acting crazy and you know what the means…I’ll be cranking out nail polish posts. I received this collection quite some time ago so the excitement for it has died down a bit but not in my beauty room. I’m not the biggest lover of foils and metallics but there’s something about these. They are just so beautiful…

GB and Zoya

See what I mean?

Zoya Bobbi

Bobbi is a hot magenta pink foil metallic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a similar color like this from Zoya (then again…Zoya doesn’t really dupe themselves a lot) and if I haven’t, I’m making stuff up. Bottom line: it’s a fantastic super bright strawberry-ish shade. And it looks stunning on the toes. I’ve been wearing it 3 weeks straight now.

Zoya Rikki

Rikki is a fern green foil metallic. I would have loved if this green was a little richer but it’s not so bad. It applies beautifully.

Zoya Tinsley

Tinsley is a rose gold foil metallic and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a metallic like this. Of course we all know how much I don’t like the color pink but this is dainty, girly and just super sweet.

Zoya Hazel

Hazel is a full-coverage, blue green foil metallic. I don’t see much green in it. In fact, it definitely leans more on the blue side and reminds me of a stormy cloud. They should have really named the polish Stormy. Just sayin’…

Zoya Amy

Amy is a lot full-coverage, red orange foil metallic that looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting. It’s a stunning and insanely bright nail polish. It isn’t super unique but it is gorgeous nonetheless.

Zoya Kerry

Kerry is a full-coverage, yellow gold foil metallic. I’ve never been a fan of golds but somehow I can get down with yellow golds.

Okay so it’s not my favorite Zoya nail polish collection but it’s nice enough. It’ll definitely appeal to the bright nail polish lovers of the world. My faves? Bobbi, Tinsley and Amy. I think I prefer Zoya’s Stunning collection over this one. Then again I looooove creme nail polishes.

You can grab this collection from for $8/bottle or $48 for the entire collection.

Busting Beauty Myths + Giveaway!


So girls (and the handful of guys that read this blog)…let’s talk about beauty myths, shall we? I could probably write a book on ’em because there are just THAT many. The sad thing is, when it comes to skincare and my obsession with trying to have and KEEP clear skin, I’ll probably try anything. Except dab pee on my pimples.

Naw. I can’t get down with that. I don’t know if it’s a rumor within the family or not but my girl cousins have this running joke that Grandma has always had clear skin and her “liquid output” is the reason why. Everyone is too afraid to ask her. And to try it. I mean come on, dude. I’m comfortable with my body but I’ve gotta draw a line somewhere.

Check out my list of beauty myths…

Black don’t crack.
Yeah no. Everyone gets wrinkles.

Good skin is all genetic.
Not always. Good skin is also determined by lifestyle and diet.

Water is important for hydration but it won’t necessarily lead to healthier skin.
So not true. Our skin contains a good amount of water and hydrated skin is healthier skin.

Black girls don’t need sunscreen.
Yeah no. The sun don’t discriminate, mamacita. EVERYONE needs protection from the sun.

Going a day without washing your face never hurt anyone.
Pfft! Lies! I can’t be the only who has gone to sleep without washing their face only to have pimples greeting me the next morning. It’s good to get in the habit of always washing the face before bed.

Eucerin skincare

My favorite Eucerin skincare products for when my skin needs that extra hydration.


I could list a dozen more but I’d love to hear some of yours. Are you forever running into crazy beauty myths? How ’bout this…you tell me what they are and you could be entered to win the following:

· $125 Visa Gift Card
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion

You could use that gift card to treat yourself to a massage, or take yourself out to eat or if you’re practical like me, you could use it to put some gas in your car. Ha! Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

Good luuuuuck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* 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.

Three Fabulous Eyeliners That Stay Where You Put Them


When it comes to my beauty arsenal, eyeliner seems to be poorly represented. I have fifteen varieties of blush, over fifty shades of lipstick and so many eye shadow palettes that I have honestly lost count.

However, I only have three types of eyeliner. Why only three? Because I found the only three I’ll ever need. It can be hard to find beauty products that want to stay where we put them. Lipstick smears, foundation rubs off and eyeliner smudges. I dig the retro cat-eye, but I’ve found that it can turn into raccoon eyes without much prompting. After years of fighting with my eyeliner, I decided to try out something meant to wear a bit longer.

And no, I don’t mean permanent makeup. *shudders*

NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker — $9

What can I say; I absolutely love this eye marker. I get a gorgeous line and it just glides on! Give it a few seconds to dry and you’re set for the day, no matter what activities you have planned.

Pros: Easy to use, great control.
Cons: Only one shade available.

Glominerals Precision Eye Pencil — $16

This eyeliner pencil is great for everyday use. I usually get six to eight hours of regular wear out of it, so it’s ideal for the office or a day spent shopping. It’s available in eight gorgeous shades; my personal favorite is Plum.

Pros: Goes on easy, doesn’t tug, great for sensitive skin.
Cons: Doesn’t wear well through strenuous activities, needs to be sharpened.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner — $30

If you’re willing to spend a little more on long wearing eyeliner, this is the one to buy. Waterproof and smudge proof, it’s perfect for lounging in the pool or kicking it at the beach. It’s available in seventeen shades with a built in sharpener on the end.

Pros: Waterproof, variety of shades.
Cons: Expensive.

These three great eyeliners give me a variety of looks and the kind of durability I wish I could expect from all of my makeup. Lipstick, I’m looking in your direction.


About the Author: Selina Torres spends her days face down in a pool of cosmetics for the benefit of woman-kind. When she’s not testing out different eyeliners, she’s doing freelance writing for Glisten, a fabulous new skin care company.

Indie Nail Polish Love: Literary Lacquers

Yay for indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes are my favorite because these nail polish lovers turned entreprenuers really take a passion for what they do. They aren’t just selling polishes for fun, they are creators who bring amazing polishes to life. I’ve never come across a brand that can impress me the way indie nail polish brands can. Add Literary Lacquers to that list. The gorgeous Amy of LL so kindly sent me a few of the polishes from her most recent collection The Good Parts.

Brace yourself…

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light

More Like Fire Than Light nail polish

More Like Fire Than Light is a juicy orange linear holographic polish and ohmnigoodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange holo that is as magnificent as this one. I applied 2 coats here but I’m thinking a third coat would really make it more opaque. It’s just so divine.

Literary Lacquers Zipless

Zipless nail polish

Zipless is a cherry red jelly with gold circular and hexagon glitter submerged within. If you’re a fan of creating jelly sandwiches with your polishes, you’ll love this one because it’s pre-made. Glorious!

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial nail polish

Raspberry Cordial? is a shimmery raspberry with what I think is a subtle red holographic touch. It’s delightful and unexpected.

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure nail polish

Woman of Pleasure is another jelly sandwich and this baby blue jelly has dark blue and magenta hexagon and round glitter specs. I’m too lazy to be all creative with jelly sandwiches so I love this one too.

Literary Lacquers Green Gables

Literary Lacquers Green Gables nail polish

Green Gables is a green holographic. It’s perfect. The end.

I’m missing a few from the collection but I’ve already got my eyes glaring at some of her other polishes. Like Gift of the Magi? I SO need that. Each nail polish retails for $10 which I will gladly pay to support an indie brand that makes awesome polishes. I also love how Literary Lacquers has polishes based on books. That totally appeals to my inner nerd.

Support Literary Lacquers and purchase a shade or two. Or 10.

Wrapping Up Summer With Eucerin

So we really know there is no “end of summer” when it comes to living in Florida. Like seriously. It’s so hot that even alligators are sneaking in peoples’ houses to stay cool. Ha ha. I’m kidding about that last part. My Eucerin ambassadorship is still truckin’ along and this time the cool kids at Eucerin have asked me to talk a little bit about hydration and how insanely important it is. Especially during these hot months.

CamelBak and Eucerin

In this month’s pack I got an awesome CamelBak bottle.

Purple CamelBak water bottle

Have y’all ever used these? I’m in love with them. I’ve purchased 2 of my own but I love everything about this one because it’s larger than my standard 22 oz bottle. Woot! I carry around a water bottle daily and the CamelBak rocks because it’s virtually indestructible and the straw makes for easy gulping.

CamelBak water bottle

It’s some kind of cool. And as always, I’m slathering my faithful Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer all over.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion

It’s my favorite daily moisturizer because it not only keeps the ash at bay but it also keeps me all protected with the SPF 15 dumped inside. This, y’all, is a necessity for everyone. And of course I especially love it because my eczema doesn’t go all crazy on me. This tend to happens when I’m wearing body moisturizers that have a ton of fragrances in them. Thank you, Eucerin. Thank you so much.

I hope you gals and guys are staying cool. Later this month I am going to be hosting a Eucerin giveaway so stay tuned to those details. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep that gorgeous bod of yours protected with SPF!

* 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.

Pretty Polishes from butter LONDON

It’s going to be Nail Polish Week here on Clumps of Mascara because I have a ton of reviews that I need to crank them out before 2014. You don’t mind, do you? I know I’m not the only nail polish fanatic out there so I know a great heap of y’all are going to appreciate these.

And for those that are alike “Who cares about nail polish?” just push through with me, won’t you? Let’s talk about the awesome butter LONDON first. I’ve got a few of their pretties that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I received these for review and as I feel about all of my bLs, they are absolute perfection. Just look at Pitter Patter.

Butter London Pitter Patter

Pitter Patter nail polish

Described as a opaque aubergine shimmer Pitter Patter was designed just for the royal baby-to-be! I live under a British rock so I’m not sure what they named him but I think a purple like this is pretty fitting for a boy or a girl. At the time I don’t think they knew the gender of this sweet babelet. It’s a decent looking purple. Nothing super unique from bL but it’s nice enough.

Silly Billy nail polish

Butter London Silly Billy

Silly Billy is my kind of shade. Then again I love me some orange nail polish. Especially an opaque, fire orange crème like this one. It applies beautifully in 2 coats but an extra 3rd coat really makes it come alive.

Lillibet's Jubilee nail polish

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Lillibet’s Jubilee is a pretty lavender metallic foil fit for a queen. No really. This shade was made for the Queen in honor of her holding the throne for 60 years. It’s not terrible but I don’t know, I think I would have picked more of a flashier color for the Queen. After all, she’s pretty colorful and has been seen wearing many different shades. A foil? Well, I don’t know if that does her much justice.

Still, these are butter LONDON polishes which means they are perfect in every way possible. You can grab these from Butter London’s website and they are sold at Ulta and sometimes select department stores. Which one is your fave?