Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm – Because Most Guys Have Lips

It’s true! The male species have lips. At least most of ‘em. And if any of yours are like mine, they may be a bit “particular” about what they put on their lips. And not “particular” in a good way. And yeah, I know it’s not easy being married to a beauty editor. I’m always chasing after Esposo asking him to Smell this and Try that. And he’d rather eat burnt asparagus than acquiesce. Help with web design? Sure! Let me use his hand to swatch a lippy? NEVER! But when I told good ‘ol Esposo that Jack Black was a brand made for the fellas, he actually let me apply these popular balms on his lips. Score! I got these for review and now we are both kinda obsessed with them.

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You’ve spotted this brand at Sephora before, haven’t you? I’ve been eyeing them for years but I am just now trying out these lippies. These babies are popular! My fellow beauty bloggin’ sisters are always ravin’ about the awesomeness that is Jack Black.

The Basics

What The Lippies Don’t Have: Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes and Phthalates
What the Lippies Do Have: Shea butter, avocado oil and SPF 25
Flavors: Vanilla & Lavender, Grapefruit & Ginger, Original, Lemon & Chamomile, Black tea & Blackberry

I’ve got good news…they are only lightly scented. Woo hoooooo! Nothing irritates me more than a lip balm that is insanely fragrant. If you’ve ever liked how Vaseline feels on the lips, then you’ll love how JB feels. It’s thick, hydrating and smooth. It feels fantastic when worn solo and worn with a lipstick on top.

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And it’s nice to have a lip balm with SPF in it. I’m sold. And so is the guy. At $7.50, they may be a little bit more than the average lip balm, but they are definitely worth their price. Especially if you’re a fan of having SPF in your lip balms. You can get these from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Ever try anything from Jack Black?

Hair Talk: Pantene for Natural Hair

Did I tell you gals (and the few guys that read Clumps) that I chopped off like 6 inches of my hair a few weeks ago? Yah. I’ve been itchin’ to do it for about a year now and I finally took the plunge. My friends aren’t even surprised at this anymore. They were all like, “Oh, you cut your hair off? Again? Cool.” I’ve done huge chops THREE times. It ain’t a big deal but it’s necessary. I love going from long hair to short hair in seconds. It’s so euphoric.

And let’s face it, nooooobody has time to be bothered with hurr when I’ve got to get me and Baby Clumps out of the door in the morning for work and daycare. Naw. Hair is basically a luxury.  And since I have shorter and less complicated hair, I’ve been able to play around with more products. Through Glam Media I was sent these 2 kiddos…

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Okay, so I knew Pantene had a natural hair line but I didn’t know that the Clarifying Shampoo was paraben-free. Um, wow! That’s a huge deal.

 

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I was actually a fan of both the shampoo and conditioner. I used both of them continuously for a week and here’s what I thought…

The Clarifying Shampoo

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I NEED a clarifying shampoo. Whether I’m rockin’ locs or the short fro, my hair tends to really hold on to product.  This is good for styling but when it’s time to wash my hair, I want it to be super clean. And not in a stripped kind of way. This clarifying lotion was really effective at not only cleansing my scalp and hair but keeping that moisture in too. After rinsing, I didn’t didn’t feel like my hair was crunchy! And trust me, finding a clarifying lotion that isn’t crunchy is beyond difficult.

The Deep Conditioner

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As far as deep conditioners go, I don’t have too many requirements. I just like for them to leave my hair moisturized and soft. In fact, I’m a big fan of co-washing and could easily use a deep conditioner a few times a week. This one works nicely for me. It doesn’t weigh down the fro and I’ve actually been using it as a leave-in conditioner. It’s niiiice!

Good products = a happy fro. 

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Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural – Two collections From Pantene for healthier hair* no matter what your style. *Vs. non-conditioning shampoo

 

 

 

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

Win A Suave Naturals Prize Pack + $50 Walgreens gift card!

Guess what? I’m taking showers now! Laugh if you want but no one told me that mothering a newborn may mean that you don’t get the chance to bathe as often as you’d like. I’m not even kidding. The first month Elle was born, I probably took a shower like…once a week. Yep. I smelled live divine regurgitated breast milk 24/7. Sexy, uh? Showers have become luxuries so I take ‘em when I can get ‘em. Luckily I can get them more often these days. Meeting me in those porcelain walls these days is this kid…

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I was sent this body wash to review and I gladly obliged because I love me some Suave products. Especially their conditioners. But that’s a story for another day.

There’s a reason why Suave’s products have been on the shelves for so long. They are affordable and cheap! And they are always coming out with something new that you feel like you HAVE to have.  Like this Rainforest Fresh Body Wash ($2).

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It smells so so sooo…fresh! I’m serious. I’ve placed this in the guest bathroom and Sticky Fingers Esposo snagged it and put it in our bathroom. He’s that enamored with it. Which says a lot since he’s a no fuss kind of guy when it comes to beautification. I find the scent to be a bit on the strong side so I can only use a little bit at a time but I do like the burst of tropical freshness.

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If you’re all annoyed with your current body wash, I totally recommend giving this one a whirl. And you’re in sweet luck, darlin’. I’m giving away one Suave Naturals prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include three Suave Naturals Body Washes and one $50 Walgreens gift card!

To be eligible to enter, all you have to do is let me know in the comment section which body wash you are currently using, and if you think Suave Naturals New Rainforest Fresh Body Wash would be better for you! Also, to be able to qualify make sure to use hashtag #SuaveScents on Twitter, letting me know you commented below!

I will be picking a winner on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, so get commenting! Good luck to all those who enter!

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Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara

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Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…

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Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.

 

Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!


Target Beauty – Pixi’s How To Video

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Look! It’s a gorgeous Pixi eyeliner! You’ve played around with the brand Pixi before, haven’t you? Sold exclusively at Target stores, this is brand that really doesn’t need much of an introduction. One look and you’ll be hooked. For serious. Target have these awesome Beauty How To videos floating on their website but I am head over heels in love with the Pixi look.

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I am all for fresh faced “natural” look. I mean, yesssss! The products used in that video can all be purchased at Target. I am most in love with the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen. First of all, dear Pixi, how do you stay on all day without budging? I mean, seriously…what’s your secret?

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I play around with many eyeliners but I have never seen one as silky and long-lasting as this one. Priced at $15, it’s on the expensive side for an eyeliner at Target, but you are totally getting your money’s worth. Of course I’m no professional so I couldn’t crank out a look as gorgeous as the one in that video. But can I smudge this liner with some blue liner on the water line? Why yes. Yes, I can.

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Not too shabby for an unprofessional, uh? My love affair with Pixi will be continuing year around.

It’s Time for Springtime.

 

 

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

SensatioNail Color Gel Polish Review + giveaway!

Welp. It’s official. I am definitely on the gel nail train. It took a minute, uh? But honestly – as someone who adores nail polishes, it’s reallllly hard to get me to try a product that means I DON’T have to change my nail polish for a few weeks. It’s practically torture. I thought I’d always have time to polish my nails daily. Or at least every other day.

And then I had a bebe. And as darling as she is, my girl could care less about my desire to polish my nails daily. No new mom (or insanely busy mom) has time for such shenanigans. And that’s when I knew it was the ideal time to try gel nails.

Say hello to the SensatioNail Starter Kit.

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Priced at $50, this kit contains everything you’ll need to do several gel nail manicures at your own crib. I’ve reviewed a gel nail kit before, but after using it on my sister. This time around, I am the guinea pig and having applied, rocked and removed this manicure – I’ve got somethin’ to say…

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Color me impressed! Yes, seriously. After 2 weeks, I had little to no chipping.  But first, let’s talk about the details and application of this stuff.

Starting Kit includes:

Gel Cleanser
Gel Primer
Gel Base & Top Coat
Color Gel Polish (additional nail polishes only $9)
Pro 3060 LED Lamp
Wood Manicure Stick
Lint-free Wipes
Double-sided Nail Buffer

How to apply (information from press release)

  • Prepare: Apply our exclusive Gel Primer to clean, dry nails. Then apply Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds
  • Laquer Up: Sweep on your  favorite shade of SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish – Cure for 60 seconds
  • Protect: Seal in color with Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds — Wipe nails with Gel Cleanser – you’re done!

* SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish can be removed by soaking in 100% pure acetone

Application is really very easy. Formula-wise the polishes were nice and thin and I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The key is to use thin coats. I struggled with this because I’ve always been one to apply relatively large coats of polish. The thinner the coat, the better. The good news is, even if you apply thicker coats, it won’t affect the longevity of the polish. Will the tips look a bit heavier? Well, yeah…but no one can really notice that from a distance. Also, be prepared to spend a good hour on the initial application.

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Le wear is very impressive. I didn’t get ANY chips the entire 2 weeks I had the polish on. As with all nail polishes, I’m sure this will vary from person to person. Some of us are harsher  on our nails than others and so the nail polishes wear differently. But overall, I thought the wear was exceptionally better than most gel nail systems.

My nails immediately after application…

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See how thick the gel looks? The gel on my pinky is especially coated on. It ended up chipping soon after and I’m pretty sure it was due to my packing it on. So yah – definitely user error.

Removal  took forever but that was to be expected. Luckily, SensatioNail has a nice removal kit that helps aid in that. I found that regular acetone and a ton of patience did well enough for me. It took a good hour for me to completely remove all traces of the gel nails. I didn’t notice any damage on my natural nails either.

Variety & availabilty: I’ve spotted at the set at both Target and Walmart and many of the polishes are sold there individually too. Score! I was thisclose to picking up Blue Yonder, a fabulous navy blue polish. The price for the kit is around $50 with the polishes between $9-$10. This is a HUGE deal for those who regularly do gel nails at a salon.

Nails 2 weeks after application…

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So yah! I am veryyyy happy that I gave these a whirl. SensatioNail’s gel nail system seems to be one of the more popular ones and I see why.

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Cargo Cosmetics is some kind of awesome…

So like a realllllllyyyyy long long loooong time ago, I was all obsessed with the brand CARGO. Some people are obsessed with shoes, some folx like hats (you know, like the ones people rock at the Kentucky Derby when they bet on horses), I obsess over cosmetics. Obviously. I’m not sure what happened but my love affair with them just…ended. Don’t you hate when that happens? It’s like one minute you’ll be obsessed with a song and then the next, you’re just like…over it. Okay, so fast forward a few years and CARGO and I are friendly again thanks to these press samples being sent to me. Yaaaayyyy!!!!

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CARGO is  currently sold in Ulta and at cargocosmetics.com, but I’m almost positive that they used to be sold in Sephora. I wish they’d go back to good ole’ Seph. But whatever – I’m just happy that I can buy them whenever now because it seemed to be that they weren’t so widely available years ago.

One of my faaaavorie things about the brand is their AMAZING bronzers. Mark my words – CARGO rules in the bronzer department. This Beach Blush in Echo Beach is absolutely lovely.

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Don’t be silly and try to use each individual  color. No no, loves. Simply swirl a brush in there and apply it all over the cheeks.

 

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Yep, that’s Elle’s little head at my chin. I’m a multi-tasking mama! Packing-wise, I love these bronzers but it’s really the longevity that make them stellar. I can use this bronzer on top of a powder and it will last a good 8 hours. Fo reals!

And then there’s the Essential Palette…

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Who knew CARGO did eyeshadows so well? Priced well at $32, this palette in Warm Neutral is the perfeeeect everyday palette. I love how all of the shadows are matte but they weren’t chalky. In fact, the only issue I had was with the Browbone color. It was a bit frostier than I would have liked. I managed to tone it down a bit using a primer but by itself…wowsers.

Lippy-wise, I was sent the darling coral and shimmery darling.

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A simple gloss, yes but it’s dainty and would probably be fantastic over a highly pigmented lipstick. It’s the kind of gloss that is appropriate for outdoor fancy affairs but it also works well if you need something subtle but nice.

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Prices:

Bronzer – $30
Essentials Palette – $32
Lipgloss – $14

Availability:

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I am beyond impressed with what CARGO has been doing lately. I’ve got some mascaras of theirs that I can’t wait to review so stay tuned for those reviews. Any CARGO lovers in the house? Have you ever tried the brand?

 

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Makeup Wars: Unique Spring Trends – Black lipliner!

The Makeup Wars gals are back with another post and I am super excited to feature this one. I’ve been catchin’ up on beauty trends and I am excited to announce that rocking black lipliner is finally a legit trend.

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Yes!! ‘Bout time, right? For years, many of us would rock black EYEliner on our lips. I’m not even going to front and act like I didn’t. Black eyeliner and silver gloss blended together was totally my look in high school. It wasn’t until I hit college where I realized that rockin’ black liner on the lips didn’t compliment me. Or anyone for that matter. And so I let it go.

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But after flipping through magazines and hittin’ the beauty blogs, I’ve come across so many articles that are announcing that black liner on the lips is finally in. I’ve seen it worn several ways.

There’s the thick liner with very little blending…

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And my favorite, thick liner WITH red lipstick. Yes!!!

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Fierce, right? I’m loving it and I am so glad that this trend is officially a trend. I know brown girls everywhere are rejoicing. I’ve even heard that some brands will be launching black lipliner. No need to use your black eyeliner for your lips anymore. I love how versatile this look is. It’s perfect for those of us who have to be all professional on our jobs but then it’s also great for after-work Happy Hour with the girls. I’m thinking black liner on the lips will be my signature look. I am just that much in love with it.

Whatcha think, gals? Are you feeling this look?

Check out some of the other trends my Makeup Wars sisters are rockin’…