Preggo Products: Clarins Beauty Beginnings Pregnancy Kit

Ooooh, the joys of pregnancy. You know, the one or two. I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy (compared to what most women go through) but after 8.5 months of carrying Bean, I’m just anxious and ready to see her little face. I’m all achey and bloat-y, sleepy and everything in between. But life must move on and I love how beauty brands are showing mommies love. Check out this Beautiful Beginnings Pregnancy Kit from Clarins.

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My friends that are already mommies tell me I’m crazy but I intend to continue to pamper myself throughout motherhood. I know life is gonna be crazy with a newborn but does that mean I’m going to let my skin, hair and nails go to hell? Um no. I’ve been makin’ it my business to pamper myself throughout this pregnancy and this kit has been niiiiice. You unzip the cute lil’ tote and the first thing you’ll see is a Preggo Chick book.

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This was totally up my alley and all beauty lovin’ mamas would love the little tips and tricks this booklet provides. I read it in one sitting. Which is easy to do because it isn’t THAT long. My skin has been going through crazy changes and the guide gave some insight as to what’s going on and how to help. There were also some helpful breathing techniques and exercise suggestions. Good stuff. As far the products inside…

There’s the Huile Tonic Body Oil Treatment (3.4 oz)

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I adore how this smells. It smells like a bunch of woodsy essential oils (rosewood and rosemary. Mmmm….) and it’s definitely up my alley. You know, since I’m all sensitive to fragrances and all. It contains plant extracts and regular use of it is supposed to help the skin’s firmness. And it isn’t super oily which is also a good thing.

Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin (1oz)

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If you’ve met one body scrub, you’ve met them all. This one has a nice consistency and the floral scent seems to dissipate after use.

Stretch Mark Control (1oz)

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I still don’t think you can fight stretch marks (I believe they are genetic) but I’m a sucker and don’t mind using products that say that’ll help them fade or diminish over time. This fragrance-free moisturizer isn’t greasy and moisturizes nicely.

Beauty Flash Balm (0.5oz)

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This was the one product where I found the scent to be a tad bit overpowering. The balm is super powder-y and floral but it feels niiiice on the skin. It seems to be just as hydrating as the Stretch Mark Control cream. This facial balm is supposed to help brighten and tighten over time.

Also in the tote is a soft baby blanket.

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Such a nice little kit, uh? As a first time pregnant gal, I’m lovin’ it. Sure I likely won’t use all of the products but the trial sizes are nice sized enough to make me happy. The Tonic Body Oil Treatment is the true star here. It normally retails for $54 so the $60 price tag on this kit seems about right. Especially for a higher-end skincare brand like Clarins.

If you know a pregnant beauty gal, consider scooping this up for her. You can get it from Clarins counters and at ClarinsUSA.com.

 

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Mascara Monday: Pixi Large Lash mascara

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Yay for me reviewing Pixi for the very first time ever on Clumps of Mascara. I’ve seen this brand several times in Target stores and while I’ve always bee captivated by their pretty packaging, I never really gave the products much of a chance because they were a bit of on the expensive side. Even for a budget-friendly place like Target. But alas, here we are with Pixi Beauty!

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Price: $18 at Target stores and at Target.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Specialized, buildable formula along with oversized brush delivers extreme volume & intense colour in one sweep. Separates, lengthens, and plumps each lash for a false lash look without clumping. Smudge-proof. Water-resistant.” (source)

The Truth: I wouldn’t call it Large Lash mascara.

What I Loved About It: It’s a very natural mascara. Meaning if you prefer wispy and not so dramatic lashes, it’s a great steal.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me enough volume.

Overall: From packaging and what little research I’ve done, I like the Pixi brand. I do, however, think their prices are just a tad bit steep for the Target market and I would love to see more versatility in their foundations as they only seem to carry 3 shades. But, the brand fits the au naturale market and I ain’t mad at that. Most, if not all, of their products are cruelty-free and paraben-free and so I know that’s a big perk among many consumers. Large Lash mascara is their most recent mascara and it totes some pretty hefty claims. And a hefty wand too.

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If you know me, you already know how I feel about this wand. But I had a feeling it would be this large. After all, the tube is big AND the name of the mascara was a bit of a giveaway. I’m not a fan of the big fluffy wands unless the formula of the mascara is on the thicker side. Mascaras with thick formulas can handle these bad boys. Mascaras that aren’t as thick generally don’t help the mascara. And that was the case with this baby.

The formula was just so so. It wasn’t thick and it wasn’t thin but it wasn’t thick enough to really sit on that mascara wand. Because of that, I was unable to pick up enough of the mascara. And what I did pick up really didn’t provide much to my already short and stubby lashes. This mascara would likely be a better fit for someone who already has long lashes and just wants a tiny bit of poof to ’em. But for ladies and gents like me who love those drag queen lashes? Yeah no. It just doesn’t make the cut.

I would have loved to see more length as well. It gave me just a little but I expected more after 3 coats. More than anything, I just saw more defined lashes which is great but it was just a subtle definition. But on a good note, despite how lightweight the mascara is, at least it held around for more than a few hours. I always feel like lightweight mascaras seep away off of my lashes for awhile but at least this one stuck around. I admire the Pixi brand and what this mascara is trying to do but it just wasn’t the best fit for my lashes.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure. It didn’t work for me but I know many mascara lovers can appreciate lighter mascaras like this one. It doesn’t suit my fancy but good thing for options, uh?

Have you tried any Pixi Beauty products before?

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Hello Kitty Say Hello Palette – Wild Thing

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My girl Hello Kitty is still struttin’ her sexy self up and down the beauty aisles. I’ve been super excited about the Hello Kitty beauty line ever since it first debuted at Sephora a good 2 years ago. The brand seems to consistently come out with new products and palettes with adorable packaging. Like this new Wild Thing palette…

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Pretty, uh?

The palette contains 6 eyeshadows. 4 here…

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…and 2 here.

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I’m not sure why the eyeshadows at the bottom are larger. I thought for a second that they were face powders or bronzers but nope, these are definitely eyeshadows. They appear to be best fitted for placing under the brows. Oh, and speaking of the pigmentation of these shadows…

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They aren’t the best. So so quality is the norm with the Hello Kitty beauty line. I’ve learned to deal with it because I am more attracted to the actual packaging of the products than the performance of them. Crazy, I know but hey…only a true Hello Kitty fan would make sense of these things. The line is really best suited for the younger beauty lover as I would imagine that they wouldn’t care much about the quality of the products.

Of course, you could really make these work but packing on the color and using an intense base but the longevity isn’t long lasting. But is the palette adorable to look at? Um yeah. It’s Hello Kitty.

Cost: $38

Where to Buy: Sephora and Sephora.com

Hey Hello Kitty lovers, have any of you tried the HK beauty line?

 

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No more dark circles thanks to Clinique’s Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

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Sometimes I’m a responsible blogger and do BEFORE pictures of myself on products that promise to make changes “over time” and sometimes I forget. AND, I lost the product and so I don’t even have pictures for you. *tears*

I’ve been on the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector bandwagon for quite some time. In fact, the only reason I stopped using it is because I’ve ran out of 2nd bottle of the serum and I’m too cheap to buy another one. True story. I got all kinds of excited when I found out that they had the same product except it’s targeted specifically for the eye area. It’s not only supposed to help lighten those dark undereye circles but it’s supposed to hydrate the area too. Well cool, man.

I started seeing results around 2 weeks later. My eyes didn’t appear to be as dark. I mean, yeah…I could use concealer to cover them up, but if I can fix the problem without HAVING to use concealer, then I’d be one happy gal. And I can confidently say that the Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector did a dynamite job at helping lighten those dark circles. Why, yes, I’m pretty sure they’ll return with a newborn a comin’ in like 7 weeks or so but shoot, I’ll take the temporary relief as I can get it.

PRO’s
-Fragrance-free
-Metal nozzle feels nice and cooling on the skin
-A little goes a long way
-Doesn’t interfere with moisturizers and foundations
-Nice consistency that was sensitive-skin friendly

CON’s
-May be a bit pricey to some
-Requires regular use to be effective
-Dark circles may return if you stop using product

Price: $39.50
Where to snag: Sephora, Sephora.com and Clinique counters

I’m a believer. And I’m going to keep using this stuff. This plus my drinking like 90 oz of water a day and tryiiiiing to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night should help with dark circles, right? Right?

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The Evolution of B: How I Went from Not Caring to Being Obsessed with Skincare

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Confession: I didn’t get all that serious about makeup and skincare until my early-mid 20’s. While some little girls grow up dabbling in beauty stuffs and begging their parents to let them wear red lipstick at the age of 14, I was that girl that…just didn’t care. Toss me a lipgloss and I was good to go. I’d buy whatever skincare product looked pretty in the stores, use it and buy something else when it ran out. I was the Queen of No Fuss Beautification.

Until I turned like 23 or so. I went crazy over makeup. And then I realized it didn’t matter how extensive your makeup collection is if you didn’t take care of the skin too. So yeah, a late lesson learned but better late than never. So here’s how my beauty routine has evolved over the years…

I used to:

-Say “Screw it! I’m not washing my face tonight.”

Now I:

-Wash my face nightly. Or at the very least I use a cleansing cloth to remove makeup and daily grime.

I used to:

-Think any kind of skincare product would work.

Now I:

-Analyze  my skin and see what products work best for my specific conditions and the season.

I used to:

-Assume that I wouldn’t need anti-aging products any time soon.

Now I:

-Get myself in the habit of using them. If I start a regimen using eye creams to combat wrinkles, by the time I’m in my 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, using them won’t seem too laborious.

See! I’m a big girl and my current skincare and makeup routines are a big proof of that. Has your skincare regimen evolved over the years or are you sticking to what has been working?

 

 

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Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl nails for the holidays

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Now y’all know I’m not one to do a bunch of crazy designs on my nails. I neither have the patience, time or uh…patience. Yeah. But simple looks like dots? Well, even I can do that. A dotting tool costs just a few bucks and as long as you’ve got some nice and opaque polishes, practically anyone (even the clumsy folx like me) can get do nice little Christmas-y polka dot nails. For this look, I used 2 of the polishes from the JulieG Holiday Collection by Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. Remember when I reviewed some of those polishes? Yeah well, I’m still in love with them. Even if I can only get ’em online. They are totally worth the shipping costs and all that jazz though.

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Big Red Bow is a cherry red with subtle shimmer and it’s such a sweet and shimmery red. It is definitely the ideal red for Christmas. I love it lots because I reached an opaque finish after only 2 coats. Hollaaaa!

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And then there’s Under Mistletoe, a pine green with subtle gold shimmer. It’s an interesting green because it isn’t super rich but still provide enough shimmer to where it looks pretty awesome on the nails. I didn’t think it would be opaque enough to show up well as dots over red polish but it worked beautifully!

There is also a gold, magenta and super awesome glitter polish in this collection and they can be scooped up at Rite Aid stores (if you’re lucky to live by one) or online for only $3.99 a bottle.

Any other Jesse’s Girl fans in the house? And have you ever done polka dots on your nails?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Mascara Monday: Lancome Hypnôse Star mascara

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I’m usually up on my Lancome mascara reveiwin’ game but man, it took me forever to scoop this one up. I read other reviews that weren’t so glowing and I think that kept me from reviewing this kid for so long. And as a blogger, that’s no bueno. I’m “supposed” to remain neutral until I’ve reviewed a product. Or somethin’ like that. 😎 Anywho, here we are with my very delayed review of Hypnôse Star.

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Price: $28 at Sephora, Sephora.com and Lancome counters.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara dresses lashes in intense volume, unfolding a new vision of glamour inspired by Betty Boop and top model Daria Werbowy. The formula’s “black-diamond effect” imparts a glossy gel-like finish. The dual-action brush has a flat side for optimizing product deposit at the lash line while the rounded side separates, defines, and lengthens.” (source)

The Truth: I love everything about the tube of this mascara. All mascara tubes should have glitter thrown on them.

What I Loved About It: The wand is some kind of awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t provide enough volume.

Overall: This mascara was inspired by the legendary Betty Boop and if anyone knows beauty and glamour, it’s that chick. I’ll tell you one thing, the wand on this baby is just amazeballs.

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I mean, seriously…do you see that? It’s the perfect wand for separating, lengthening and volumizing. It’s also great for getting those inner lashes and lower lashes. It’s just an all around great wand. Other mascara brands should learn from Lancome because their wands are usually always perfection. I love those stiff bristles. So yeah, even if the mascara itself was lacking tremendously, the wand is just great.

Formula-wise, I’m not sure what Lancome means about this “black-diamond effect” but I didn’t notice much of a glossy gel-like finish. And I know a glossy mascara when I see one. The formula is much like traditional mascara formulas except it feels extremely lightweight. Not in a bad way ,but it’s something to notice. The formula does well on the lashes but as with most Lancome mascaras, I was expecting serious drama and volume and I just didn’t get it from this one. But what I did good was decent.

The separating and lengthening power of this mascara is dynamite and if that’s what you’re looking for when it comes to a mascara, you’ll love this one. It’s also a great buildable mascara so even after 3 coats, if you wanted to continue to push it to the limit, you can do so with minimal clumping.  On the down side, I experienced quite a bit of flaking with this baby. Even after a few hours, I would notice bits of mascara flakies under my eyes. No me gusta. So yeah, it’s not my favorite Lancome mascara buuuuut it’s not terrible.

 

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Lashes after 3 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure. Especially if you love a mascara that lengthens and separates. If you’re looking for extreme volume, you may not find it with this Lancome mascara.

Not a total bust but I’ve seen better from Lancome. Whatcha think? Have you tried this mascara?