Mascara Monday: Laura Mercier Faux Lashes mascara

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Man oh man…there are only a few people I need to meet in this world. Queen Latifah and RuPaul top the list but beyond them, I’d love to meet a few great makeup artists. Add Laura Mercier to that list. I love everything about the brand. But then, I would right? It was Laura Mercier’s foundation that brought me out of my “I hate foundation” funk. I guess what I REALLY appreciate about the brand is how they understand that foundations don’t have to come in just 5 shades. Oh. And their mascaras are pretty darn good too.

Price: $24 at Sephora or Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand):
3
Overall:
4

What It Claims: “A luxurious, long-wearing mascara created specifically to give eyes the look of false lashes. Formulated with a blend of waxes, not fibers, it delivers an even, glossy finish with buildable volume that lasts for up to 10 hours. This formula is non-drying, non-irritating, fragrance-, transfer- and smudge-free” (source)

The Truth: Wow! This mascara has a nice and rich formula.

What I Loved About It: It really darkened my lashes with only 2 coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit on the large side.

Overall: Faux lashes, uh? Welp. I am of the belief that NO mascara can give you the illusion of false lashes. Unless of course you already have insanely long and thick lashes to begin with. But for the rest of us people with smaller or shorter lashes, finding a mascara that can really volumize AND lengthen to the point that our lashes actually look “faux” is virtually impossible. At least for me. But then again, I tend to take these mascara claims pretty darn literal which makes either makes me seriously naive or a crazed mascara reviewer. And I’ll take that latter. ūüėé

Anywho, at first glance, this mascara’s wand scared me a bit. I don’t know why I freak out over these larger wands. I should be used to it, right? The good news is, while the wand is on the larger side, the bristles are stiff and spread out enough to really help you sweep through the lashes.

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I am always more forgiving of a mascara’s huge wand when the bristles are close to perfection. And that was the case with this kid. So yeah, even if you’ve got smaller lashes, this and will still be able to help you sweep through your lashes with ease.

Formula-wise, this mascara has a nice one. The opening of the tube is a bit on the large side so you may have to endure wiping off extra mascara.

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I always hate doing this but it seems to be trend with mascaras with larger wands. I’ve learned to stop complaining about it and just rollllll ‘wit it. Application is easy and I found it to be decent volumizing mascara. I didn’t get much length but I was blown away by the mascara’s richness. More than anything, my lashes just appeared darker and more lush. And that was with just one coat. In fact, I didn’t even feel the need to add more than 2 coats of this mascara because I was just so satisfied with what I saw. The 2 coats I applied didn’t clump and the formula felt lightweight. If you’re a fan of having wispy lashes over hard lashes, you’ll love this mascara. However, the problem with mascaras that don’t harden up is that they tend to dissipate after awhile. Not the case with this baby. Hours later, my mascara’d lashes held up pretty well with no flaking. Win! Can I attest to the glossy like finish? Not so much but that’s okay because glossy lashes freak me out a bit. I am definitely a lover of matte lashes. But overall, it’s a darn good mascara.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! If larger wands don’t scare you, this mascara will certainly yield beautiful results.

Anyone else obsessed with Laura Mercier cosmetics the way I am?

Elessa Jade’s Cupcake Approved Makeup Brushes!

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My girl Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz is such a show stopper. She is seriously one of the hardest working women I know. Not only does she have a hugely successful YouTube channel, but she is also a makeup artist, travels around the world to speak at events and she has also developed her own brand of makeup goodies, jewelry and accessories. She is one ball of sparkly awesomeness and I am so glad to have crossed paths with her so many times.

We both sat on the same panel for the inaugural The Makeup Show Orlando and right after we finished, I ran straight to her booth where these gorgeous brushes greeted me…

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Okay, okay…pick your mouth up off the floor. These cruelty-free brushes are just perfect for makeup newbies and professionals alike. And they not only feel insanely soft but look…

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Do you see that cupcake? ZOMGGGG! Adorbs, right? Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from Elessa.

12 Piece Sweet Temptations Professional Brush Set has enough brushes to crank out an entire look and then some. See look…

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The brushes are super soft, cruelty-free and I love everything about how they feel in the hands. I’m so proud of Elessa Jade for launching such a quality and affordable set of brushes. They were insanely popular at The Makeup Show Orlando and it looks like they are still doing fantastic but they are currently sold out online. I know…I hate featuring products that you can’t get right away but I wanted to put these on your radar when they do come back in stock. Because sure enough, I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly again. The entire set goes for $69.99 but you can also buy some of the brushes individually.

And don’t even get me started on some of the other awesome jewelry pieces. I ended up buying THREE at the show. Check out her store and if you make a purchase, tell her B sent you.

Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit

‘Tis the season to start scooping up gifts and as a beauty gal, I can confidently say I know what other beauty girls want. Okay yeah, so not everyone is into nail polish. Fine. But nobody wants to walk around with raggedy and jagged nails. Which is why this Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit is such an adorable stocking stuffer.

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Oh, and how lame is it that my current home doesn’t have a mantle? I move just about every year (one day I’ll settle in one place…one day) and most of my places have had mantles but not this one. *tears* Ahhh yes, but where was I? Oh yeah…this darling kit as a stocking stuffer.

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Who doesn’t love the classic houndstooth design? I mean, honestly…the packaging is everything. And what’s inside ain’t too shabby either.

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Ideal for tossing in a cosmetic bag or in some luggage for travel, this is just a nifty and uesful little kit. And uh, if you’re like me some of those tools can also be seen as multi-purpose. Like the little scissors? I would totally use those for grooming the brows. Or clipping my ‘stache. Yeah, I said it. I know I’m not the only one with a bit of fuzz on the upper lip. Such a sweet little kit. And it’s only $20 so there’s no bank breakin’ here. I scooped one up for a friend. You know…that friend that is also wanting something super useful and fancy and awesome just because you happen to be a beauty editor.

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Way to go, Sephora! Scoop this up at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Beautiful Red Lips from the Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse collection

Have y’all seen Laura Mercer’s Art Deco collection? O.M.GGahhhhh. I’m not even¬†exaggerating¬†when I say this one spectacular makeup collection. And this is coming from a gal who doesn’t get excited about many collections. I know, I know. That’s a horrible thing for a beauty editor to say but a brand has to really impress me for me to get all giddy over a collection. I’m just sayin’. But let’s face it…I’m halfway there when a beautiful red lippie is the mix.

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Giiiiirl. I know, right? I KNOW! Lemme tell you something, if you have an affinity, obsession or even slight liking to red lippies, you’ll never stop getting excited over them. I mean, never. Trust me. I’ve tried. This is one of the 2 lippies that debuted in the Laura Mercier Art Deco collection and I’m running circles around them both. Say hello to the Lip Lacquer in Lacquer Rouge ($24).

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Laura Mercier’s version of lipgloss is like an experience. I have never used such a pigmented and moisturizing gloss EVER. And it lasts for hours on end between eating and drinking. Very impressive! I find it works beautifully with my warm complexion. This is the kind of red lipgloss that I live for.

And then there’s the other red lippie in the collection, Deco Rouge.

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It has more orange in it and I always feel like orange-based red lipsticks aren’t the best for me, but somehow Deco Rouge ($26) works. Plus, I never mind warming up orange-based red lippies with a plum or wine lipliner. But I think I can actually rock Deco Rouge solo, yo.

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Both red lippies from this collection are phenomenal. In fact, the entire collection is. Laura Mercier wins.

That is all.

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Pretty Polishes: nails inc. The After Party trio

Soooo, once again I suck. I’ve been eyeing the brand Nails Inc. for many moons now and this my first time actually featuring some of their products on Clumps of Mascara. See how much I suck? Yeah. Badly. But hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see how awesome this After Party¬†collection¬†is.

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See what I mean? Look at all of that glittery, shimmery and holographic wonderness.

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I just sneezed glitter. I mean yasssss. This is what I’m talking about. And this little trio is only $25 which ain’t shabby for 3 gorgeous nail polishes. Let’s get a closer look at them, shall we?

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Disco Lane is a black holographic shimmer and I can’t say much else because the description is right on. I love everything about this polish. I applied 3 coats of it to the nails and it looks a bit gritty solo but it shines beautifully with a top coat. I didn’t apply one here as I wanted to show the polish in its true form. I don’t have many black holographic polishes and it’s rare to find them THIS holographic-y. So yeah. I love Disco Lane. I love discos too. They should really bring ’em back.

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Soho Street is a chunky rainbow glitter and it’s not terribly unique as it looks like many glitter polishes on the market now. The good thing about this one though? It works beautifully for layering and it reaches an opaque finish at 3 coats. Not too shabby, uh?

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Covent Garden Market is a red full coverage glitter and I fell in love with it at first glance. But applying this baby wasn’t easy. You can get away with 2 coats but I pushed it to 3 and when I did that, it started to drag on me a bit. But at the same time I felt like 2 coats weren’t enough. I’ve gotta tweak this one a bit because it’s such a beautiful red. I’ve GOT to make it work.

What a beautiful trio. And yeah. Only $25. You can grab it Sephora and Sephora.com. It’ll make the perfeeeect stocking stuffer for your favorite nail polish lovin’ lady or lad.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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