OPI Mustang Nail Polish Collection

OPI Mustang Collection

Vroom baby, vroooom! The Mustang is turning 50 and in honor of its birthday, OPI is giving us a collection about this iconic car. I received a press sample of the limited edition collection. It was released just last month in July so you should be able to find it at retailers like Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

OPI Queen of the Road

OPI Queen of the Road nail polish

Queen of the Road appears black at first glance but really this polish is a blackened murky green. Okay yeah, but it still looks black on the nails. There is a touch of silver in it that gives it a nice shimmery finish. I didn’t like it at first but somehow it works. It’s a very interesting shade and very fitting for a collection inspired by an automobile.

OPI Race Red

OPI Race Red nail polish

Race Red really isn’t red. It fact, it leans more on the orange side. It really is the perfect blend of orange and red and is the kind of shade that will look fantastic on anyone who wears it.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

OPI The Sky's My Limit nail polish

The Sky’s My Limit is a deep blue sea shade golden shimmer throughout. It’s sweet because at different glances it switches from shimmery golden green to shimmery golden blue and back. It totally reminds me of an ice cream paint job.

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot nail polish

Angel With A Lead Foot is a creme white polish. And that’s it. It’s your average white polish in that it takes a good 2-3 coats to achieve an opaque finish. It’s pretty but I don’t know…it seems a bit odd to be in this collection.

OPI Girls Love Ponies

OPI Girls Love Ponies nail polish

Girls Love Ponies is a bright pink creme. I rolled my eyes when I first glanced at it, but it really is a stunning pink. This says a lot considering pink is one of my least favorite colors. It isn’t heavily unique as far as pink nail polishes go but it is pretty!

OPI 50 Years Of Style

OPI 50 Years Of Style nail polish

50 Years Of Style is a metallic gold nail polish and really is the perfect polish for this collection since a 50th birthday is called the Golden Birthday. I never think gold nail polishes look that good on me and this one is no exception. Womp.

Overall Impressions
Shade-wise, these are okay. There isn’t anything spectacular but you can tell that this isn’t one of OPI’s powerhousecollections. The only shade that really made my head turn was The Sky’s My Limit. Girls Love Ponies was a nice surprise, too. Overall, I think that if you have similar shades, you don’t really HAVE to run to pick these up. As always, the formula is great but unless you’re just itching to try something new, you could probably pass on purchasing the entire collection.

But if you can’t help yourself (and I so won’t judge you), you can snag these polishes for $9.50 a bottle at ULTA.com.

 

Any Ford lovers in the house? The Mustang is pretty slick but I don’t know, I’m more of an F150 kind of girl. 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

For the first time EVER in Clumps of Mascara history, I am posting a mascara review on a day that isn’t Monday. Yeah. Craziness, huh? I did a video review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara and instead of waiting another week to do a blog post, I figured I’d just give you the post now.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up mascara

Besides, do I only have to post on Mascara Mondays? Naw. It’s all good. And so is this mascara. I won’t ramble too much (I did enough of that in the video) but this waterproof mascara is quite fitting for summer. Maybelline has given us plenty of waterproof mascaras before but it’s nice of them to roll one out the first time they release a mascara.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up

The wand is pretty cool to work with, too.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Pumped Up wand

I recently came back from a week long trip from Virginia – which, by the way, the high there was like 80 degrees. SERIOUSLY???? Because when you live in Florida, you just assume that it’s butt hot everywhere else in the world. Yeah no. Mind blown.  Anyway, enjoy the video review version of this mascara.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

So. About Sunscreen…do you wear it?

I can’t believe that I am just now getting around to reviewing these sunscreens from Kiss My Face. Summer is well underway and we just took our first family trip to the beach a few weeks ago. I wasn’t brave enough to take an infant to the beach last year but now that Elle is 1.5, I just knew it would be some kind of fun.

Baby at the beach

 

And fun, it was. She had a blast digging through the sand with Daddy, running up on the waves and lounging with Mommy on the beach chair. We were sent these Kiss My Face sunscreens for review which we toted with us in our beach bags. I’m glad I remembered to bring them because while I am a big advocate about sun protection, I forget to wear sunscreen…a lot!

Kiss My Face Kids sunscreen
 

There’s been a lot talk about spray sunscreens and if they are harmful or not so to be safe, I didn’t use that on Elle. I did however slather her in the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 sunscreen. It provides UVA and UVB protection and they omit fragrances and sulfates. Mineral sunscreens, I’m guessing, are the new kids on the block ( don’t quote me on that as I don’t really keep up with sunscreen thangs) in the sunscreen world. I first heard about them from Food Babe. I’m not going to act like I’m a skin scientist and know every little thing about ingredients but I do what I can and I appreciate brands like Kiss My Face because they are always very clear on what their products include and don’t include.

Kiss My Face ingredients

And I’m so grateful that this comes without fragrance. Sunscreens are already pretty funky in my book and I don’t need an extra layer of a citrus scent to help me smell…”beachy”. This stuff applies like all sunscreens.

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But alas those with darker skin will endure the ghost effect. Ain’t nothin’ we can do about that. And I deal with it because at the end of the day, protection is key. Our entire family uses this sunscreen so I love that I’m using a sunscreen that’s great for my baby and great for me!

Kiss My Face sunscreen

Kiss My Face on skin

I really love this sunscreen and will stock up on it since we plan on taking a few more trips to the beach this summer. I’ll hold off on their Air Powered Spray for now until I get the verdict on it.

Kiss My Face Kids Defense sunscreen

What sunscreens are you using this summer?

Milani Is SO Making A Statement With Their New Color Statement Nail Polishes

Oh Milani. Oh girl…you are lookin’ good. Something looks different about you. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Milani Color Statement

Milani has totally shocked us with this one and they are giving us not 1, not 2 but 37 new shades of their new line of nail polishes. I received a few samples of these and I can’t wait to start showing you how fantastic they are.

Milani Color Statement polishes

I am loving the bottle design! Like, a lot. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ bottle.

Milani Color Statement vs Cult Nails bottle

Milani needed a more updated and a more chic look for a nail polish bottle. I mean, don’t get me wrong…their original bottles aren’t terrible. They’re just…

Milani Color Statement vs Nail Lacquer

I mean, which one would you rather pick up? And pay no mind to the teeth marks on the bottle to the right. I have a terrible habit of using my teeth to loosen nail polish bottles. I know, I know. Don’t even say it. I know.

Milani Color Statement nail polishes

I’ve been playing around with these babies for a few days now and formula-wise, Milani is right in that they give great coverage with only one coat. Most will require a second coat if you want true opacity, but they do really well with the initial coat. As with all nail polishes, wear time is relative but I’ve always been a huge fan of their base coat and I think it is spectacular at helping nail polish last longer than a day.

Milani nail polish

The Color Statement line is giving is so many formulas and shades to pick from including glitters, a fire engine red, stunning purples, sweet pinks, vampy shades and everything in between. I’m so proud of Milani! I am very excited about these reasonably priced bottles of polish. They go for $3.99 which is a dollar less than their regular line of polishes. I’m thinking these will be a huge hit among Milani aficionados and those scouring drugstores for pretty polishes. If the chic bottle design doesn’t grab you, the really pretty color selections will.

Go Milani go!

Makeup Wars: The Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette is Purrrfect!

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

This darling little palette arrived on my door step last week and I squealed. This press sample of Too Faced’s Cat Eyes palette look ordinary at first glance, but I don’t know – this palette is really very nice and SO wearable for women and all shades. Of course I always try to do my due diligence in making sure that a palette is brown girl friendly and this one IS!

Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced has been cranking out so many palettes this season and I’m thinking Cat Eyes is the most wearable, versatile and has the cutest package! I mean, have you seen how darling it is?

Too Faced Cat Eyes eyeshadow palette

It’s sweet, y’all. I am working on a look using this palette but for now, I’m giving you swatches and a video review.


Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on brown skin
Too Faced Cat Eyes swatches on dark skin
 


Too Faced Cat Eyes for dark skin
The shadows are buttery smooth and just perfect. Check out a look that I created in my video review….

One day I will be patient and skilled enough to do a tutorial but y’all, I’ve had Elle home with me all week and um, try doing makeup with at toddler AND a tripod around. I triple dog dare you! It just doesn’t happen. Plus, we are out of town and visiting family in Virginia so who knows? Maybe I’ll return home with the burning desire to do a tutorial. But fear not as several of my Makeup Wars sisters have cranked out gorgeous tutorials using the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette. Enjoyyyy!!!

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Oh, but wait, before you go, check out some of my favorite Too Faced products!

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Brown Beauty Bloggers Rockin’ 50 Shades of MAC

50 shades of MAC

Oh darliiiings, I have something in store for you. I had the opportunity to partner with 4 other talented brown girl beauty bloggers for a little collaboration called 50 Shades of MAC. There are 5 of us and we are each showcasing 10 MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. The lipsticks featured are both permanent and limited edition and I think you’ll love getting a chance to see how these shades look on brown girls of various complexions. And because I am…ME, some of those pictures are some kinds of silly. You know how I do.

So…let’s get this party started!

MAC Port Red

First up is Port Red. Launched from the 2008 Naughty Nauticals, Port Red is a blue red that has subtle silver undertones. It almost looks metallic.

MAC Black Knight

2008 also gave us the goth-friendly collection Cult of Cherry. I loved the dark shades of this collection and I knew that I had to have Black Knight. Because why wouldn’t you want a creamy black lipstick in your life?

MAC Violetta

Violetta is a bright violet purple and it is one of MAC’s Bestsellers for a reason. This shade looks stunning on women of all complexions.

MAC Most Popular

Most Popular is from the 2009 Hello Kitty collection and I really only picked this up because Hello Kitty is my spiritual animal. It’s a deep berry red that is average at best, but come on…it has Hello Kitty imprinted on the stick. ‘Nuff said!

MAC Electro

I remember first seeing Electro from the Neo Sc-Fi collection and going crazyyyyy. This creamy orange isn’t exactly the most flattering thing when worn alone on darker skin but honey, I don’t care. I LIVE for Electro.

MAC 3-D

3-D used to be my “interview” lipstick back in the day. Whenever I was job hunting and needed to head on an interview, this rose made me feel like I was going to get the job!

MAC Pomposity

There really isn’t anything striking about the purpley magenta that is Pomposity. The silver shimmer in it provides a little bit more pop than your average magenta lipstick and that’s what drew me to Lady Pomp.

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Politely Pink, I feel, is MAC’s answer to a nude lip for brown girls. When paired with Chestnut lip liner, I found this lipstick to be so flattering when so many other so-called nudes weren’t.

MAC Girl About Town

Girl About Town and I have good memories because I think this was the lipstick that made me fall for bright colors. This vibrant berry actually looks good on all complexions!

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Candy Yum-Yum. So yeah…I ignored that matte hot pink the first time it came out. The second time I scooped it up. And now? I love it so so much. I love pairing it with MAC’s Nightmoth to really compliment me.

Check out the other 40 shades by visiting the sites of the other gorgeous ladies!


Need A New All Natural Skincare Brand To Try? Get Some Just Natural In Your Life!

This is a sponsored post by Just Naturals and they have so graciously given me the opportunity to try some of their skincare products. This is perfect timing because I have been spending a lot of time in the sun and it has really taken a toll on my skin. Elle’s ezcema is also getting out of control (again) so we were both in need of some new skincare products that could really pamper the skin. Just Natural prides themselves on providing vegan and cruelty-free products that are handmade. And they have succeeded. All of their products feel as if they could have been made right at home.

Just Natural

Just Naturals sent me a ton of goodies and I spent a few weeks test driving everything.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Let’s talk about the glory that is their Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub ($27). This earthy and sweet smelling scrub smells fantastic. Like many scrubs, the scent will not linger but when applying it, you will enjoy how nice it smells. I found this scrub to be perfect for me. However, those with sensitive skin may want to stay away as smoothing it on the skin may appear too abrasive for some.

Just Natural Turbinado Brown Sugar Body Scrub in hands

Just Natural has dumped Kukui and Hazelnut oils in this scrub and so even after you wash it off, you are left with such soft skin. LOVE!

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion

Their Skin Calming & Healing Lotion ($29.99) is what I was really excited to try because Elle has been in need of a  lightweight moisturizer. I usually use thicker creams on her but in the summer, her skin does okay with something light. The Healing lotion is not insanely moisturizing and almost fragrance-free.

Just Natural Skin Calming and Healing Lotion on skin

The scent of Sweet Orange Blossom Essential Oil is light and pleasant and I’m thinking this baby is great for summer and for those who don’t suffer from really dry skin.

Just Natural Skin Calming Body Wash

The Skin Calming Natural Body Wash ($13.99) has been a staple in my shower for weeks now. I have been on the hunt for skincare products that maintain a healthy pH balance. This soap-free body wash doesn’t lather or foam and is the one of the better body washes that I’ve tried in quite some time.

Just Natural Skin Calming Body Wash on hand

Instead of drying this skin out, this wash moisturizes as it cleanses. The aloe vera gel included is great for dry and inflamed skin and it is such a treat for those of us with eczema.

Just Natural Body Nutritive Serum spray

The Body Nutritive Serum ($25.99)  is by far my favorite product of the bunch. It has a really nice and woodsy scent and I find it to be more of an oil than a serum. It is the perfect summer oil as it dissipates quickly but keeps the skin feeling moisturized for hours. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I’m a huge fan of Just Natural. I will be restocking up on their Body Wash and Serum when I run out. I find the prices to be reasonable for an all natural brand and more than anything, I like how the brand really takes pride in only providing nourishing oils and properties in their products.

I am just itching to try out some of their butters but it looks as if they are out of stock. That totally bums me out, but hey…I’m taking it as a good sign that they really make spectacular buttahs. For more information about Just Natural, visit their site.

butter LONDON Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit

Butter London Nail Art Kit

Some of us are great writers. Others are great athletes. And then some of us are really good at nail art. I’ve mentioned a thousand times that I suck at the latter. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Luckily the fine folks at butter LONDON are making it easy for us not so creative folx to get our grooves on with some basic nail art skills. I recently received a press sample of their Colour Hardware Nail Art Took Kit and I can’t be more excited to try this baby out.


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For one thing, how sweet is the packaging? Perfectly portable, this tin can of creative baubles and thangs is perfect for storing your new utensils be it at home or in your luggage for travel. Including is this kit is the following…

  • Dotting Tool: Double ended with two different sized dots. Create dot artwork-like polka dots and leopard prints.
  • Striping Brush: Short and pointed for drawing intricate nail designs and lines.
  • Clean Up Brush: Dip in nail lacquer remover and brush away imperfections. Brush away excess nail lacquer along the edge of the fingernail.
  • Liner Brush: Long tip perfect for bold lines and long strokes. For French manicure as well as drawing lines that need to be straight or have curves.
  • Marbling Brush: Perfect for swiping effects across the nail for animal stripes, ombre and textured effect                               (source)

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Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Art Tool Kit

Very cool, right? The most practical tool, I think is the Clean Up Brush because what nail polish lover doesn’t find that handy? My second favorite is the Dotting Tool because even if you are darn awful with nail art, chances are you can crank out a few dots with any problems. Shoot girl, if I can do it anyone can.

And they are also giving us a little manual in case we need to see actual pictures. Thank you bL!

Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Tool Kit

Butter London Colour Hardware Art Tool Kit

This cute little kit goes for $30 at ULTA.com and I think it’s a sweet option for people like me who just want the basics. And it’s even better for those who are just starting out.

So what about you? Are you into nail art? Or would you rather stick to the many other skills that you’ve got?

 

Oh! And since we’re talking butter LONDON awesomeness, check out some of my favorite bL thangs…

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