Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, random story but when I was growing up, using the word “sexy” under the age of 18 (or maybe 20. I can’t remember..ha!) was unheard of. It was a word that only grownups used and no child went around saying it. Not around their parents at least. The other day I saw a little girl around the age of 4 years old rockin’ a tee that said, “I’m Sexy And I Know It”. The gal pal I was with thought it was adorable. I thought it was just a tad bit inappropriate.

Does that mean I’m going to be some super strict Mama that won’t let Baby Clumps use the word “sexy” or wear red nail polish until she’s like…14? Maybe y’all. Maybe.

But we’re all adults up in this joint so let’s talk about the sexiness this palette offers.

Oooooh weee, ain’t that sexy? Too Faced knows how make a gal pull out her wallet.

Currently available at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, this palette retails for $48 and has a bunch of little jewels inside. In addition to the sexy eye shadow palette, you get a travel-sized tube of one of the BEST eye shadow primers on the market, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance…

Such a perfect size for this bud. I usually tote the larger one so this is perfect when it comes to space savin’ travel. You also get a full sized eyeliner.

Which is wickedly awesome considering these cost $18 a pop. This paraben-free eyeliner is one of my favorites because although it’s creamy, it’s super dark and long-lasting. And then you’ve got the main attraction….

The sexy palette herself. She’s broken up in 3 categories to help you crank out SIX distinct looks. In fact, if you look to the right of the mirror, you’ll find 3 look cards.

Cool, uh? Stuck on where to apply which eyeshadow? These cards got you covered.

The Ingenue is the tamer of the 3. These shadows are on the neutral side and probably the one I’d be tangling with the most.

The Icon sits comfortably between the 3 cards and is the perfect blend of tame shades and daring shades. In fact, the more I play around with this one, the more I love it. That jewel toned purple and pink just gives me life!

And lastly is The Bombshell. These day and night looks are perfect for my smoky eye lovin’ gals.

Quality of the Eye shadows: At first glance it appears that each of these shadows were shimmery glitter bombs. But nope! Too Faced has snuck in what I see as a good 2-3 different formulas. While the shimmer do dominate the palette, the white shadow in The Icon is a nice and creamy matte and the black eye shadow in The Bombshell has a bit of a matte finish with just a little bit of silver sparkle. All of the shadows apply beautifully and with ease. I find shimmers hard to wear because I don’t think they are the most subtle (read: work-appropriate) shadows in the world, but a light hand, good brush and great base can make these work.

Overall: Who is this palette for? Um…anyone who wants it! Newbies will love it because the look cards will be extremely helpful. Professional makeup artists will love it because they’ll be getting 15 dynamic eye colors in one palette. And those who just want a new beauty toy will love it because it’s just so much fun to play with. Plus it’s only $48 which is nothing when you think about how much you’re getting. Get more deets and purchase this palette here.

Yes. This palette’s sexiness continues to knock me ovah. Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers

Well hot dang! When was the last time you saw me review a mascara primer? It’s been a minute, uh? I sit on a thin line with these things. Sometimes I feel they can be super influential in the outcome of your lashes and sometimes I feel they are gimmicky products that don’t too much but taunt your wallet.

But Make Up For Ever’s primer is just a weeee bit different. This baby has FIBERS in it. Ooooooh!!!

Price: $21 at Sephora.com and Sephora stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Fibers are the perfect way to add length and volume to your lashes. A Sephora exclusive, these lashes are a great base to mascara.” (source)

The Truth: The fibers! I can actually see them.

What I Loved About It: Well, I love the fact that it’s a fiber primer. Wait…does that rhyme? Fiber primer, fiber primer…teheheee!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite it’s coolness, I’m not sure it dramatically changed the look of my lashes.

Overall: Welp. It’s a mascara primer. As I’ve mentioned, some have been epic and some of been a waste of money. Harsh, I know but hey…I’m being honest. How do you determine if you need a primer? Well. That’s a tough question. Do you have a mascara that works beautifully? Chances are you may not desire a primer. Do you chronically purchase mascaras and have yet to find one that REALLY gives you the results that you’re looking for? Well then. You may be an ideal mascara primer purchaser.

I find MUFE’s Lash Fibers to be on the up and up in terms of primers. Yes, it’s all because of the fibers. I’m a ginormous fan of fiber mascaras so to see a fiber primer is pretty exciting. Application of this primer is just like how you’d apply a fiber mascara. If you’re desirous of more length, focus on applying the primer to the tips of the lashes. If you’re a lover of volume, sweep the brush to the base of the lashes and wiggle up. It really is that simple. Especially if you’re used to regularly applying fiber mascaras.

The formula of this stuff is just like most primers. It’s white in color, has a bit of a creamy consistency and dries quickly on the lashes if left unattended. I found that applying one coat did the trick and immediately after applying that one coat, I’d apply to the other lash and then follow up with a mascara. Easy, right?

Well folx – I didn’t really see any major differences. I tested this for over a week and would apply the primer and 2 coats of mascara to just one eye and wear my regular mascara on the other. I wore a mascara that I’m already in love and so I was looking for added length and volume. But I didn’t see much. Or any! Hmph. I tried again and again with other brands of mascara and still didn’t note much of a difference. Ah well. That’s the thing with fiber mascaras. Sometimes they work. And sometimes they don’t. I’m not disappointed. I still think this primer is worth a try if you love mascara primers though. Have I mentioned that it’s a fiber primer? :cool:

Oh! The wand…

Meh. Not amazing and not horrible but it does a good job at application.

 

Lashes with 1 coat of primer



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


The eye to the left is the one with primer and 1 coat of mascara.

The eye to the right just has 1 coat of mascara.

I don’t see much of a difference. You?


Do I recommend it?: Only if you love mascara primers AND fiber mascaras. This is a nice blend of the two.

Whatcha think? Is this a mascara primer that you’d try?


Biore’s new look!

Okay, so we all know how ridiculously sensitive my skin is and how I very rarely change up my skincare regimen. But just because I can’t use a product doesn’t mean I don’t want to sound the horn and tell y’all about ‘em. Such is the case with Biore.

Biore has been busy yo! Look at that redesign. This certainly isn’t the Biore that I grew up with but I’m okay with that. The packaging is cleaner, classier and definitely hipper. Fine by me. I haven’t personally tested any of these products but I did want to showcase them for my Biore fans. The best thing about Biore? The fact that they have SO many skincare products for various skincare needs.

4-in-1 Detoxifying Cleanser

This multi-tasking face wash that cuts your routine down to one step, gently removes dirt, oil and makeup from skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. The formula cleanses, tones, stimulates and detoxifies to help restore a healthy glow.

 

Steam Activated Cleanser, with SteamActiv™ Beads

Esposo LOVES these kind of cleansers. This invigorates skin with a cooling mint extract complex that contrasts against the warmth of the steam to revitalize the senses.

 

Pore Unclogging Scrub

My fellow acne suffers will dig this one. This creamy pearlized formula is designed to lift away pore-clogging dirt and oil. The cleanser contains spherical exfoliating microbeads that gently remove dull, lifeless surface cells without damaging skin and Salicylic acid to help prevent blackheads and breakouts from forming.

 

Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser

I’ll be holding on to this one for when after Baby Clumps is born. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a warming cleanser! This powerful blackhead-fighting cleanser is formulated with Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, to help open up pores and clear out dirt, oil and makeup.

 

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (available in 8 and 14 count nose strips)

Clean a week’s worth of dirt build-up in by using these once a week. The strips are the deepest way to clean pores in just ten minutes.

 

Daily Cleansing Cloths

These ultra-convenient, pre-moistened wipes are infused with grapefruit and pomegranate. Each cloth is double-sided, featuring a textured side for mild exfoliation and a smooth side to wipe skin clean.

 

These products are moderately priced between $5.99-$11.99. The pore strips are the most expensive of the bunch but you can score the cleanser for close to nothing at $5.99. I’ve seen these products are over drugstores and you can scoop ‘em up at Drugstore.com.

Any Biore lovas in the house?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Germany collection (part I)

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Who wants to go to Germany? I dooooo! I love when OPI launches collections inspired by countries. One of my college girlfriends just moved to Germany (hey Kam!) and it’s taking everything in me  to not invite myself over. I’m pretty sure that when the baby in my belly is a good 6 months or so, I’ll be bookin’ a flight. Seriously.

My favorite thing about these kind of OPI collections? The names of the polishes! There are 12 kids in this collection but here’s round 1….

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Don’t Talk Bach to Me is described as a sassy lime yellow but I see it more as a silvery pistachio. If you’ve always liked lime polishes but didn’t like how bright they were, this is a nice polish to try.

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Schnapps Out Of It is a mauve but I see it as a dusty pumpkin. At first glance it looked like a Grandma color but once I got it on, it wasn’t so bad. I’m not sure if I’d wear it solo but I would so throw some glitter on Schnapps and keep on truckin’.

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My Very First Knockwurst is rosy-nude that I’d file under “Work Appropriate Nail Polishes”. Application was tough with this one and it took a good 3 coats for me to get it even.

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Berlin Done That looks like gray but really it has more of a dirty mop water hue to it. It’s a slightly more attractive color than OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques. I’m not a fan of taupe shades like this. I wish I was but they always look so weird on my complexion.

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Deutsch You Want Me Baby? is a shimmery red orange and it’s a gorgeous addition to this collection. It reminds me of a less shimmery version of OPI’s DS Luxurious and isn’t as orange as China Glaze’s Riveting. It’s so pretty. Love this one!

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Don’t Pretzel My Button is a honey beige that I ended up liking more than I thought I would. I very rarely wear beige polishes but every now and then I like sporting a no frills kind of polish. DPMB is the perfect fix for that.

Must Haves:
-Deutsch You Want Me Baby?: A total must have if you’re a fan of the orangey red polishes of the world.
-Don’t Pretzel My Button: Because every nail polish lover needs a basic beige in his or her stash.

This first half of the OPI Germany collection didn’t impress me too much. I didn’t think any of the shades were THAT groundbreaking. The good news? The second half of the collection is full of beautiful vampy polishes…the kind of vampies that I LOVE wearing during the Fall. Stay tuned for Part II. In the meantime, if you’re swooning after any of these, I’ve spotted them at Ulta stores for $8.50 a bottle.

See any you like? Where my Germany girls at?

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part I

Ask me to list one of my Top 5 Favorite Brands and I’ll always list Tarte. I’ve been in love with this brand since first swatch. Everything from the packaging of the products their lack of harmful ingredients makes me love ‘em. Aaaand, unlike many “natural” brands, Tarte has a nice selection of brown girl friendly concealers, foundations and powders. Yes!!

If you pop into Sephora and stroll by the Tarte section, you’ll probably spot these beautiful babies. Look at them. Look at them, I say!

Forget the glitzy and shiny lipstick wands. I like these bamboo-inspired ones so much more. Aren’t they beautiful? Even more, the beautiful and colorful designs on each lipstick box and wand represent the color inside. Cute, right? Tarte has put Amazonian clay in a lot of their products and their inclusion in these lippies is to restores the lips’ natural moisture content with nourishing and hydrating properties. (source)

It’s hard to tell how large these wands are if you’re lookin’ at them online but in person, they are pretty long. So one would think that a larger wand means more product, right? Meh. Not really. You’ll get about the same amount of product in these as you would in a lipstick from MAC Cosmetics.

It doesn’t look that way at first but holding them eye-level will reveal that they’re about the same.

Tarte has given us 8 beautiful and complimentary shades for women of all complexions – which I can appreciate. They’ve got everything from nudes, berries, reds and a bright pink. Swatches of the first 4…

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Foxy, Bold, Pure, Playful

Guess which one is my fave? Just guess.

Foxy, of course! Described as a deep pink, this is the brightest lipstick out of the bunch. I haven’t seen Tarte do a lippie this vibrant before and for this to be one of their firsts…they knocked it out of the park. The online swatches of this lipstick (well, all of them) doesn’t even do it justice. If you don’t get any other color, Foxy is the one you’ll want to get.

Bold is coral that I find severely unattractive on me. Then again, y’all know how I feel about corals anyway. Pure is a light rose that I found to be an ideal neutral shade for anyone. It freaked me out at first swatch but but it’s actually okay. And lastly is Playful is a purple rose.

This is my second favorite as I find it to be the most wearable. Foxy rocks but it isn’t exactly work-appropriate. Playful, on the other hand, is a great day to night lipstick.

Pro’s
-Extremely versatile shade selection.
-Long-lasting. In fact, the darker shades transform into a stain.
-Very nice and creamy formula. Achieving an opaque finish is super easy.
-Beautiful natural-inspired packaging. I like this more than my fancier lipstick wands.
-Like all Tarte products, these are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates.
-Includes shea, mango and avocado butters.

Cons
-Smells a bit like clay. It actually doesn’t bother me but may annoy others.
-A bit pricey at $26 a pop.
-Not as moisturizing as I would have liked. But I have yet to find a lipstick that is, ya know?

Stay tuned for my review of the other 4 of these. If you just have to just get ONE, I’d say snag Foxy if you’re a gal who loves bright shades or Playful if you want something beautifully wearable. These are currently available at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet? How adorable is the packaging?

Mascara Monday: NYX Za Za Zu mascara

I’m just truckin’ right along with NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. You’ve heard of this collection, right? It showcases 7 mascaras with 7 different functions. Yup. Each mascara claims to give you the lashes that you desire. I don’t know why I waited this long to review Za Za Zu but alas…here she is!

Price: $6 at NYXCosmetics.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Motherof all mascaras. Fiber infused to darken, lengthen, and volumize.Soft, bristle brush large enough to cover all lashes in one swipe.” (source)

The Truth: Meh. I’ve used better fiber mascaras.

What I Loved About It: I love to see a fiber mascara where you can actually SEE the fibers. Yas!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite seeing those fiber thingies, I didn’t really experience much volume overall.

Overall: I am so so excited to see a fiber mascara in this Boudoir Mascara collection. I am a huge fan of fiber mascaras as I find them to be super duper effective for those wanted plumper and longer lashes. They also remove easier than most mascaras and tend to last longer than non-waterproof mascaras too. Of course it takes some time to learn how to effectively use a fiber mascara but once you’ve passed that learning curve…you’re in there!

Za Za Zu has a massive wand but ironically that wasn’t my main problem with this mascara…

Yep, it’s a hefty wand alright but the bristles are nice and and long enough to allow easy root to tip application. But even after several coats, I didn’t notice much of a different volume-wise in my lashes. Fiber mascaras almost always guarantee added length and I got some of that but the volume? It just wasn’t there for me. I think a lot of it has to do with the formula.

While it wasn’t a pain, the formula was just…so so. I’m used to seeing fiber mascaras on the thicker side and that wasn’t the case with this one. Lots of fiber thingies but I didn’t get the darkness and thickness that I would have expected from a fiber mascara. It’s not a total lost though. I was able to get some good use out of it. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and it lasted throughout the day with no problems. This mascara made my lashes super wispy and I’m just not a fan of wispy lashes.

Not a total bust but I would have loved to see more added volume from this kid.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Only if you realllllly want to try a fiber mascara. I think NYX has better picks in the Boudoir Mascara line-up.

Okay fiber mascara lovers…have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?


EcoTools 5 piece brush set + giveaway!

I’m back with another quick review of one of my favorite brush brands everrrr….EcoTools! I’m still a bit upset at myself for shelling out a crap ton of money on those higher-end brushes back in my makeup newbie days. Someone should have knocked me on my head and told me about EcoTools.

But hey…you live and learn, right? And when you’re a beauty blogger, you try to help fellow beauty lovers not make the same expensive mistakes you did. Aaaaand that’s why I’ll always be bragging about EcoTools. Check out this Bamboo 5 piece brush set…

These are some itty bitty babies, uh? While ideal for everyday use, I think these may be a better fit for those wanting to test out EcoTools’ products or for travelin’ mamas who need brushes that get the job done.

Lé Specs…
-Durable handles of each brush is made from bamboo.
-Cosmetic case is from natural cotton and hemp.
-Brushes are 100% cruelty-free.
-The aluminum on the brushes are recycled aluminum ferrules.
-Affordable at only $9.99.

The cosmetic case is the perfect size. It fits comfortably in the hand which means it’s the perfect fit for purses, bookbags and carry-on luggage.

The brushes, despite their small handles, are actually really good at makeup application. I usually carry normal size brushes with me when I travel, but toting these along will definitely save space. And I just love the beautifully etched handles.

Quick intro of the kids…

 

Mineral Powder Brush

Ideal for applying powder or mineral foundation. Also works great with blush application. This brush, like all of them, is SUPER soft.

 

Concealer brush

Great for liquid or mineral powder concealer. It’s a pretty stiff brush so it’s also great for applying concealer to blemishes.

 

Eye Shading Brush

I’m not sure how great this is for eyeshadow application but I love it for blending and applying eyeshadow to the browbone.

 

Baby Kabuki

An itty bitty kabuki brush that helps buff powder. Don’t judge her small size – she fits nicely in the hand.

 

It’s another stellar EcoTools set that is not only available in drugstores and at Ulta but on EcoTools’ new e-store! But wait…if you feel like you’ve GOT to get it now, why not press your luck and try to win it?

One lucky Clumps of Mascara reader will score this 5 piece brush set. That includes my guy ‘n gals livin’ outside of the U.S. too. That’s right! It’s an International-friendly giveaway.

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Enter your information in the Rafflecopter below. If the Rafflecopter does not load immediately, give it a few seconds. If you’re still having trouble entering your information, shoot me an email with the subject EcoTools 5 piece brush set giveaway. Otherwise…good luuuuuck!

 

[Winner has been selected. Congrats to Sejal K!!!] 

Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl Julie G polishes

Back in the days when I was an active YouTube vlogger and watcher, I came across the effeversent and bubbly Julie G. I loved everything about her videos. She had the “BFF” vibe, and was always showcasing something beautiful when it came to beauty and nails. I met her in person at The Makeup Show NYC and she was just as sweet in person. A while back, Jessie’s Girl Cosmetics and Julie G. partnered up to launch a Julie G. nail polish line.

Um…that’s only the biggest deal EVER. Who runs the world? Clearly bloggers and vloggers! :cool: I’ve only got a few of these polishes to showcase (Jessie’s Girl isn’t sold in my area *tears*) but luckily I can order more online. Woo hooooo!

Gelato in Venice is a green mint that reminds me a lot of pistachio gelato. It’s creamy and like most pastel shades it gave me a few troubles with uneven application. I only had to apply 2 coats to straighten it out though. I’ve been wearing this shade for FOUR days now. I love love love!

Fierce and Fab is a pleasant surprise because it’s a matte! ‘Scuse the ugly bottle on this one. I’m not sure how the image got all wonky. I was annoyed with matte polishes when the whole world was doing them but now that they aren’t so popular, applying this one gave me so much joy. It’s a gorgeous magenta and I think I’ve seen this shade somewhere before but who cares. I am loving revisiting mattes.

Pink Tiara is a sparkly pink that is completely opaque with only 2 coats! It does great as a layering polish too. One coat will give you just enough to cover a polish but it’s refreshing to come across glitters that don’t require 30 coats to completely cover the nail lines.

Dance in the Dark is a blue polish with neon purple glitter. The glitter is pretty muted on the nail and I wish it translated more the way it does in the bottle. Still – it’s a very pretty true blue with personality.

Julie G. nail polishes are sold at Rite Aid and online for only $3.99. There are a toooon of beautiful shades and finishes so if you’re not feeling any of these, chances are you’ll run into something you like. More than anything, I think this collection appeals to me because it just shows how much of a positive impact us beauty vloggers and bloggers have when it comes to brands. I’m not gonna lie – I get a bit emotional about it. I am so so proud of Julie and will continue supporting her.

Have you tried any of these polishes yet? And who else desperately needs a Rite Aid in their city?