Zoya Diva collection

I figured I should go ahead and crank this Zoya review out of the way because in a few weeks they’ll be launching their Winter collection. I can NOT believe that it’s already winter. Craziness. Anywhoovers, if you haven’t seen ’em,  Zoya’s jelly collection, Gloss was freaking awesome and Designer wasn’t half bad either. The Diva collection is part III of the Fall 2012 collections.

Let’s get a look see at ’em…

Suri is royal purple metallic and it is dynamic. I’m not a fan of the color purple unless it’s a rich and jewel toned as this one. Plus, I love this color because of the name. Anyone read the hilarious blog Suri’s Burn Book?


Elisa is a crimson metallic it’s quite the fire bomb of a nail polish. It’s a gorgeous red and you can detect a bit of orange in it when it hits the light.

Feifei is described as a magic blue foil sparkle metallic and it’s one of the two foil polishes in this collection. These type of nail polishes are just so so for me but I really love the shimmer in Feifei.

Ray is pine green metallic and it’s a beautiful hunter green with subtle shimmer.

Daul is described as a magic violet foil sparkle metallic and it’s got the same formula as Feifei. I like Daul better because that violet is just so eye catching and gorgeous.

Song is an Egyptian blue metallic with a subtle sparkle and it’s a little more vibrant than Zoya’s Tart, one of my favorite blues EVER.

Must Haves:
Elisa: Very rarely do I recommend red polishes (because there are so many) but Elisa is just stunning.
Daul: Awesome name, awesome formula and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
Song: Only if you don’t have any beautiful blues like this one.

Yay for this collection! The formula for each polish was awesome and I enjoyed the random foils tossed in. Zoya Diva collection is currently available at Zoya.com for $8 or $48 for the entire collection.

Which polish is your fave?

Neosporin Eczema Essentials review

Since getting pregnant, my eczema has gotten 10x worse. Pre-pregnancy, I was always able to keep it under control. The itchies were confined to my lower back and while I had a few patches on my arm and neck, for the most part, it was manageable. Lately though, eczema has taken over my chest, parts of my arm and practically my entire back. It’s starting to hurt my feelings but wearing outfits and up do’s in my hair that show off my neck are virtually impossible.

So when I was presented with the opportunity to try Neosporin Eczema Essentials, I jumped to it. Because after all – what harm could it do? My next step was going to the dermatologist AND allergist. I saw a commercial about these products a few weeks ago and Skeptical B was all like, “Yeah yeah…promises to bring fast relief to eczema suffers. Whatever.” And then I got the products in my hands.

There’s a line-up of 3 Eczema Essentials products. The Daily Body Wash, Daily Moisturizing Cream and the Anti-Itch Cream. I’ll review each product individually and then rap on how they work together. I’ve been using these regularly for approximately 2 weeks time.

First up, the Daily Body Wash ($7.99)…

What it says it will do:
This collodial oatmeal skin protectant is proven gentle and non-irritating even on eczema-prone skin. Effectively cleanses even the most dry, sensitive skin. Contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture essential for healthy looking skin.

Water, Glycerin, Cocoglucoside, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Beheneth 25 Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG 150 Distearate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Polyquaternium 7, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Oleate, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Corn Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Cis 3 Hexenyl Salicylate, Dihydrocitronellol, Oat Kernel Extract, Cholecalciferol

What I thought:
Like all of the products in the Eczema Essentials line-up, this body wash is fragrance-free. It’s a creamy cleanser that lathers well and rinses thoroughly but doesn’t dry out the skin too much. I didn’t find it to be particularly moisturizing but it didn’t leave my skin super tight after drying off so that’s always a good thing. The price point is about right for a speciality body care product. I think I’m using too much of it because the bottle seems to be getting emptier after only 2 weeks. These thicker and creamier body washes seem to be better for my skin than the clear ones.


Daily Moisturizing Cream (about $11)…

What it says it will do:
Clinically shown to relieve itchy skin due to eczema on contact. Shown in a clinical study to be as effective as the leading prescription* (*vs. the leading barrier emulsion in subjects with mild to moderate eczema with twice daily (or as needed) use.) Contains colloidal oatmeal, a skin protectant that helps relieve dryness, itch and irritation due to eczema.

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceramide NP, Steareth 20, Oat Kernel Oil, Oat Kernel Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride

What I thought:
Packaging-wise, I would have loved to see more product in this cream. Because of the thick consistency of it, you’re likely to go out of product pretty quickly. Especially if you use it daily. Speaking of consistency, it feels nothing like a traditional lotion. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a creamy vaseline but once you rub it in, it feels like a greasy-less body balm.

Crazy description, I know. It turned me off the first time I used it but somehow it works. It takes some serious elbow grease to get it all over but to extend its use, I find myself only using it on my trouble areas and using coconut oil everywhere else. Of all of the products in this line-up, I found this to be the most effective. It kept the ash away and soothed my eczema. My condition of the skin on my lower back went from all alligator-ish to…smooth. Shocking! The eczema on my neck improved quite a bit too. I chuckled at the “Restores visibly healthier skin in 3 days” plug but I don’t know, y’all…by the 3rd day skin saw some serious improvements. WOW!

Hydrocortisone Anti-itch Cream (about $9)

What it says it will do:
Contains a dual-action formula to provide fast relief of itch flare-ups due to eczema while it moisturizes to restore visibly healthier skin. Clinically shown to improve dryness, flaking and the appearance of redness.


Water, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Ceteareth 6, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Edetate Disodium, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Ethylene Brassylate, Oat Kernel Extract, Dihydrocitronellol, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Cis 3 Hexenyl Salicylate, Sodium Hydroxide

What I thought:
I didn’t actually use this because I’m not sure if hydrocortisone is okay for pregnant women. I’ve been meaning to ask my midwife if it’s okay but forget every time I see her. Either way, I’m going to err on the side of caution and use this after Bean gets here. It looks promising and I can’t wait to see how well it works in conjunction with the other products.


Having used 2 of the 3 of these products for 3 weeks, I am geeked! I would still like to visit a dermatologist and allergist to see if my eczema could be alleviated in other ways but for now I’m okay with using these products. Especially the cream. I usually tear apart my skin with itching and haven’t been doing so lately. So yep! As a crazy eczema suffer, I would say that Neosporin’s Eczema Essentials line-up is definitely worth the time and investment.

Mascara Monday: Essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof mascara

Oooh baby baby! It’s an Essence mascara. I love me some Essence products. Have you seen their new swoon-worthy nail polishes? Girl. GIRL! They are hot stuff. I’ve played around with some of their mascaras before too haven’t been too impressed. But the other week I was in Ulta (for no real reason, of course) and came across this mascara. I’m always getting requests to review waterproof mascaras so I decided to give this baby a whirl.

Price: $3.99 at Ulta.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Essence Get Big! Lashes Mascara. Good things may come in small packages, but bigger is always better when it comes to lashes. Available in the original and waterproof formulas, with the option of two different brushes, this mascara from Essence will make batting your lashes a breeze.” (source)

The Truth: Oh no. I hate to say it but it sucked. Not just a little bit but a lot.

What I Loved About It: Well. Um. It’s affordable!

What I Didn’t Like: It was a hot and flaky mess. To make matters worse, I barely got any noticeable volume. Fail!

Overall: Oh geez. I really do hate writing mascara reviews about mascaras that sucked. But I’ve got to be honest with y’all. It comes with the territory. *sigh* But yeah..this mascara’s performance certainly wasn’t up to par. And it’s a shame really because I find that most of Essence’s products perform really well despite their affordable price tags. I mean, where else can you get decent products for your entire face for under like $10? Yeah. Essence rocks and I’ll continue loving them as a brand but when it comes to this mascara, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear me recommending it.

The wand…

The wand isn’t THAT terrible. I mean, yeah…it’s huge and uncomfortable for those of us who prefer smaller wands. Because the bristles are so large, it’s really hard to comb through the lashes. A wand like this is best suited for guys and gals who have long and thick lashes or those who don’t need to do much separating. My lashes, however….they ALWAYS need some form of separating. It’s difficult to get it with this wand. But it’s not the wand’s fault that I have special needs lashes.

Now let’s rap on the formula. WOW. And not a good WOW either. In first glance and with the first stroke of application, the wand doesn’t appear to be all that bad. It’s got a nice consistency. But with the the huge wand, the formula doesn’t seem to thicken up as well on the lashes. Even after a second coat, I didn’t really notice anything. A third coat showed a bit of omph but still not enough to appease me.

Hours later, I would notice this mascara flaking down my cheek. No bueno. I HATE when this happens. I can tolerate a lot of mascara woes but flaking is just a no no in my book. Flaking also means that the waterproof-ness of the mascara isn’t even that effective. What a waste! With the ginormous wand, flaking formula and ineffective waterproof properties, I’m thinking this isn’t one of Essence’s greatest hits. No worries. I still love you, E. But let’s step that mascara game up a bit, eh?

[NOTE: Okay now, check this out – the camera I used to use for eye close mascara pics has decided to leap to its death. I’m in the process of learning how to take pictures with my DSLR. Sooooooo bare with me, okay? ]


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nopers. Grab one of their awesome polishes instead.

Okay Essence lovers…have you tried this mascara? Or any of Essence’s mascaras? What do you think?

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes – only $2!

I have slowly been reviewing my stash of Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes and I’m showin’ off 6 more of these gals. 

If you’re a drugstore stalker like I am, chances are you’ve seen these babies before. There are a ton of ’em and in a pinch, these $2 polishes are all that and a batch of kale chips. Buuuut, these polishes also tote the larger wide brush and if you aren’t a fan of that kind of brush, these may not be up your alley. But still – can you really complain too much about these kids since they cost less than a gallon of gas? Yuh.

Break the Ice is a sheer shimmery white. I’ve only applied 3 coats of it but I’m thinking to get a true opaque finish, you may need to top it off with 1 more coat. I actually really LOVE this polish. It’s sweet, icy and it’s my favorite kind of polish for when I want a lil’ somethin’ without overdoing it.


Candy-licious is your average creamy baby pink. There’s nothing terribly unique about it but if you’re into cheap pink creme polishes, this is a great one.

Bite the Bullet is a gray-ish lavender. It’s all dusty and fantastic and I just LOVE it. I’ve got plenty of lavender polishes but whatever. You can never have too many of those. 😉


Heatwave is a bright coral that leans more on the red side and it is spectacular. I am currently rockin’ this as a pedicure color and have no intentions taking it off any time soon. It rocks that hard.

Through the Grapevine is a dusty magenta that has quite the purple punch. It’s a beautiful creme and definitely is one of the more unique polishes in Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast line-up.


Wet Cement is a concrete grey. These are plentiful and if you haven’t copped one yet, this is a good one to start with.

I always find the formula on these to be nice. Not perfect as some can be on the thicker side but nothing that small strokes can’t overcome. If you can’t find ’em in stores, check out Walgreens.com. You can scoop them up over there for only $1.99.

Any Wet ‘n Wild nail polish lovers in the house?

Mascara Monday: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening mascara

Oh boy. It’s a Revlon mascara. And y’all know how I feel about Revlon mascaras. How can I say this nicely without appearing to be too harsh? Hmm. I don’t think that I can. I hate them. There. I said it. And it’s true. I don’t like to attach the word “hate” to much of anything but I’ve had more bad experiences with Revlon mascaras than good. And it’s not just me. Several beauty guys and girls can attest to the consistently eff’d up quality of Revlon mascaras. Which is such a shame really. Especially when they have so many other great products.

*sigh* Here we go….

Price: $7.99 at drugstores and at Drugstore.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Long, intensely dark lashes, wears for 24 hours, no flakes, smears, or smudges. Tear-proof, sweat-proof, humidity-proof” (source)

The Truth: This sucker flakes worse than a freshly baked croissant.

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

What I Didn’t Like: See “The Truth”.

Overall: Okay, soooo…let’s just jump on it with this one, uh? First of all, I didn’t even know Revlon launched this mascara. I didn’t hear anything about it on the beauty streets and I didn’t see any commercials or ads for it either. For a second, I thought that maybe the Target I got it from had “old” products up. But no. A glance at the Revlon website proved that this mascara coincides with Revlon’s “Colorstay” theme. Okay fine. And its a lengthening mascara. Awesome! While I’m a lover of volume mascaras, many folx love being able to elongate their lashes with one simple swoop. And it’s SO hard finding a mascara that makes this easy to do. For one, you’ll need a good wand.

Image Source: http://walgreens.com

I hate to use a stock photo but after testing and taking pictures of this mascara, I totally forgot to take a picture of the wand. And unfortunately, I trashed it. This wand isn’t too bad at all, is it? It’s a slim wand but the bristles are nice and firm, making it easy to apply mascara to wispy and short lashes. It’s also a great mascara to use on the lower lashes too. But unfortunately, that’s where my love for this mascara ends. And why? The formula, y’all. The formula.

The formula sucks. It’s a hot and flaky mess. At first glance and while applying to the lashes, it seemed to do okay. I didn’t have any issues with applying to the lashes. One coat elongated my lashes a bit. Nothing spectacular but I did notice a bit of a difference in length. After a second coat, I found the mascara harder to apply. My lashes dried quicker than I thought they would. Which was no bueno. I struggled to get through to a second coat and while the lashes looked so so, they weren’t as lengthened as I would have liked.

Within hours of wearing, this mascara managed to flake on me without me even rubbing my eyes. In fact, in the week that I wore this, I didn’t even need to use an eye makeup remover to get rid of it, I could just rub my eyes and bam – I would be flaking away. I had the same issues when I’d wear just one coat of mascara. Just…ugh. This is one of Revlon’s biggest issues when it comes to their mascaras and I find it frustrating that it hasn’t been resolved yet.



Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely not. I’d before to rock my bare lashes than rock this stuff.


Am I being too dramatic or do you also have bad experiences with Revlon mascaras? Anyone?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Designer Series Luxurious & Indulgence

Every so often, OPI likes to grace us nail polish lovers with a polish or two from their Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series. These polishes aren’t just regular ole’ nail polishes. They are usually holographic beauties whose appearance alone have you captivated. Now and days, I spy more glitter than holographic wonderness in these polishes. Which kinda sucks (I mean, who doesn’t love holographic polishes?) but the sheer beauty of these high shine shades makes up for it a bit. Check out the newest kids on the playground…

Luxurious is described as a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten.

 It looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting but this kid is 10x more vibrant. The gold glitter is so dense and tightly packed that my nails would shine in the dark when I wore this polish. It’s just a beaut. Look at that…

On fire. Literally.

Then there’s Indulgence which is described as a a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish. At first glance, I wasn’t insanely impressed with this polish but on the nails, it comes alive. It isn’t as striking as Luxurious but it is still absolutely gorgeous.

Not too shabby, uh?

I’m not gonna lie – I really do wish OPI would pick back up with including holographic shades in their Designer Series. While these polishes are beautiful, it’s hard to justify their $12.50 price tag. Many of us nail polish lovers don’t have a problem with shelling out our pretty pennies for holographic polishes but super glittery polish…meh?

If you’ve got to add one to your collection, it should definitely be Luxurious. It’s a stunner.

You can get both of these at professional salons, including Dillard’s, JCPenney and ULTA, for $12.50 a pop.

Whatcha think? Are you loving these two?

Amor de Lacquer: Cult Nails Deception collection

Maria and the Cult Nails crew has done it again! A few weeks back, I managed to trek on down (or over…I need to look at a map) to the Cult Nails headquarters and attended a nail polish party/photoshoot with my fellow Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida gal pals. We had a BLAST! That was my first social event in months and I was glad that Baby Clumps didn’t have me feeling nauseous or uncomfortable. Courtney of Phyrra did an awesome post chronicling our fun time.

While there, we all got to play around with the newest Cult Nails collection…Deception.

I am beyond impressed and didn’t see this one coming! For one, all of these polishes are intended to be used as top coats. That means while you can wear them solo, they’ll look 10x better layered over another polish – especially a black polish. Like Cult Nails’ 1-coat wonder Nevermore. That polish isn’t included in this collection but I had to showcase it just to give you an idea of how great of a base it is with the Deception polishes layered on top.

See how beautifully dark Nevermore is?

Yes girl! If you need a lusciously creamy black polish that reaches an opaque finish with just one coat…this is it!

The Deception dream team…


Alter Ego casts a gold/green tinge over the nails. Which is weird because the polish itself looks like an opalescent pink, right? Very deceptive! 😉 When it hits natural light it gives off a shimmery hunter green effect.

Charlatan is multi-chromatic wonderment. I don’t really even know how to explain this one because it’s just THAT stunning. I found it to be the thicker of all 5 polishes but I didn’t struggle with application. Sometimes it looks like a shimmery blue and other times it looks purple. And sometimes it’s both. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Love love love!

Deception reminds me of those popular cotton candy-type shades from the 90’s. I actually really like it by itself but it looks fantastic layered over Nevermore too. It has a faint purple/hot pink shimmer that really comes alive when the nails hit the light.


Doppleganger is a milky kid that gives the nails a blue/green shimmer. It’s the most interesting of the top coats and at first I didn’t think I like it but after rockin’ it on the nails for a few days…it ain’t so bad. I can’t wait to play around with this one with other shades. Maybe layered over a dark blue? Hmmm….


Two Timer is deceptive too because while the polish looks gold, it actually looks more green on the nails. But not green like Alter Ego. This one is more of a jewel-toned green and doesn’t nearly have as much shimmer as Alter Ego does.


I swatched each top coat over my bare nails just to give you an idea of how they look by themselves.

Pretty awesome collection, uh? The options are endless and I find these fantastic for when you want to switch up your nail polish a bit without completely removing it. Maria has a ton of other layering options on the Cult Nails blog.

This collection is currently available for purchase at $10 a bottle.

Which top coat is your fave?

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?