Mascara Monday: Milani Runway Lashes Volume mascara

I’m obsessed with Milani Cosmetics. No surprise there. From their glosses to their nail polishes, blushes, eyeshadows and powders, Milani always keeps me on the edge of my seat wonderin’ what they’re going to come out with next. But when it comes to their mascaras, they’ve always just been so so in my book. Until now. Let’s just say if you get the urge to run to your nearest drugstore to scoop this up, don’t be lookin’ at me. ;)

Price: $4.99 at drugstores and MilaniCosmetics.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “The classic shaped, soft bristle brush gives instant volume, length & curl. The formula is long-lasting, smear-proof and does not clump. Paraben-free.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa…Volume Ci-taaaay!

What I Loved About It: It volumizes beautifully.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is meh.

Overall: Oh snap, oh snap! Milani has a winning mascara. Weeeee! Yes, I’m excited about this. Very excited about this. It’s crazy hard trying to find a winning volumizing mascara. And you would think that with all of the mascara brands on the market, that it would be easy to find one that really makes those lashes be OUT there, but girl, no….trust me. When I find a good volumizing mascara, I want to throw a party. Fo real.

That said, I love everything about this mascara. Oh! Except the wand.

I mean, it’s not horrible. There’s nothing special about it. I would have liked for it to be a little more plush but it did just fine with separating and volumizing from roots to tips. My biggest issue, however, was trying to get those inner corners. If you’re not careful, you’ll definitely end up smudging. But then again, that happens to be the case with me and MOST mascaras.

The best thing about this mascara? It volumizes beautifully with only 1 coat. I know, right? Some mascaras require a good 3 coats before you even seen any volumizing but with this, I was done by the 2nd coat. And I didn’t really HAVE to apply a second coat. I did it out of habit. The formula is a bit on the thicker side so a little goes a long way. I can appreciate this and find that formula like this is perfect for ladies like me who are on the go and don’t have time to “build” their mascara. If you just want to apply and be done – this is the perfect mascara for that!

You gotta be careful with volumizing mascaras as they tend to smudge and flake because of their thick formulas. The same can be said for this mascara. Throughout the day, I had minor flaking. Nothing detrimental but it’s worth mentioning. Also, I really wish this mascara was waterproof. It’s very light on the lashes and takes little to no rubbing for it to smear away. Which is good if you don’t intend on wearing it all day in humid and/or rainy climates. But if you’re like me and live in a sauna and will be doing more than sitting at a desk all day, this mascara may smear away. But for a night out with the girls? Or crazy volumized lashes at work? This mascara wins!

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah. It’s cheap and one of the best volumizing drugstore mascaras that I’ve come across. Go Milani!

Have you ever used any of Milani’s mascaras? Or do you generally scoop up some of their other products?


Amor de Lacquer: Cult Nails Coco’s Untamed collection

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve showcased some nail polishes, uh? I’ve got soooooo many to share with y’all but I wasn’t showin’ not one swatch until my nails got their acts together. Whilst moving I broke, not 1, not 2 but like 7 nails. I’m not a lover of how short nails look on me. At all. And so I had to wait a good month and a half before my nubs got some length to ‘em. And then I had to wait until they got long enough for me to give them an oval shape. Because I looooove the look of oval nails over square nails.

So yeah. That’s my story. Anywhoovers – this crazy awesome Cult Nails collection will be the first collection I debut after my nail polish hiatus. Coco’s Untamed collection was not only inspired by but created by Maria’s 13-year old daughter Coco.

How cool is that? In true “Like Mother, Like Daughter” fashion, Coco has a serious affinity for nail polish and has always enjoyed helping her Mom come up with colors. It only makes that she has her own collection. Talk about a teenage dream!

Deal With It is my second favorite of the bunch. I am loving everything about this lime green loaded with gold shimmer. I’m a lover of the color green but I REALLY love lime green and I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a bright and opaque lime green like this one. Way to go, Coco!

Spontaneous is a described as a dark, deep and dusty purple creme with vibrant purple glitter and it’s such an interesting shade. It is actually a wee bit brighter than what my camera is giving you. The vibrant purple glitter is subtle but is still noticeable when it hits the light. I didn’t use one but this polish will be even more stunning with the Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. Without a top coat, it dries to a dull finish.

 

Annalicious is a  shimmery red with an orange influence packed full of red and gold shimmer and it’s named after Coco’s BFF Anna. My camera always has a hard time capturing reds and pinks that tote a bit of shimmer. It’s unfortunate too because Annalicious is one stunning red. I’m rockin’ it as a pedi color now. But I’m not a fan of seeing or posting pictures of feet so I’ll spare y’all on that one. You can thank me later.


I Got Distracted is totally the headliner in this collection. This is a black jelly polish with holographic glitter interrupted by intense green glitter. And it’s epic. But of course, it has HOLOGRAPHIC glitter! Nail polish enthusiasts go crazy for some holographic, yo. This is such a stunning polish. It applied thickly and I loved it so much I didn’t even want to remove it. It is everything to me right now. Love this polish!



Untamed may look a bit muted than all of the other polishes and it’s because I had already worn it for 3 days. Surprised? I am! I am everything but a pink nail polish lover but this bubble gum pink sheer jelly polish with subtle multi colored shimmer totally stole my heart. I had a little bit of a visible nail line but I was okay with that. I freaking love jelly polishes. I could wear them all the time…


 

Must Haves
-Oh what the heck – just grab the whole collection!

Formula-wise these polishes were great. I Got Distracted was on the thicker side but it’s nothing that 2 even coats can’t work out. Coco did an amazing job with every single one of these polishes. There is something unique and special about each one of them. This collection debuted on her birthday (this past Wednesday on July 11th) and I can’t think of a more epic birthday present.

You can grab the entire for $40 at CultNails.com.

Whatcha think about this collection? How awesome is Deal With It? And I Got Distracted? Insane, right?

 

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

A QVC exclusive – tarte’s What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately?

Ohmigoodness, ohmigoodness! I know I’m supposed to be on a pseudo-hiatus but I had to break away from the sofa and Benson and Stabler to preach about the awesomeness that is this tarte on QVC deal. Good ole’ QVC has had me lusting over jewelry, kitchen gadgets and curtains for years and oh yeah, they feature a slew of my favorite beauty brands. Including the illustrious tarte, of course.

This isn’t tarte’s first time debuting fabulousness on QVC. Their maracuja oil has made several appearances. This set, however, has got to be hands down my favorite of the bunch. You get SO much and it’s all under $50. Which is a big deal considering tarte’s prices can be on the pricey (albeit worthy) side.

Check this out, mamas…

For one day and one day only (that’s THIS Friday, July 13th), you can snag the tarte What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately? collection. What’s included?

  • LipSurgence Lip Shine in Smitten (new product!)
  • Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball (new product!)
  • Retoucher Flawless Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush (new product!)
  • Maracuja Miracle 12-hr foundation w/  SPF 15 (new product!)
  • ModernEYES Waterproof Creaseless Shadow in Plum Brown (Liner in PlumBerry)  (new product!)
  • Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black

I was glad that I was able to get my hands on this collection so that I could do a quick review of the new products to give you an idea of what to expect if you want to scoop it up.

LipSurgence Lip Shine in Smitten

This shade is a bit on the bright rose-y side and I’m not sure it compliments my warm hue very well but man, I love the consistency and how it feels on the lips. I’ve reviewed le LipSurgence lippies before but I think I like this one better because it’s sans glitter. There’s also a built-in sharpener which is perfect for toting around!

Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball

So excited to see the epic Maracjua oil in a travel-friendly rollerball. I adore everything about this oil. I find it perfect for using on the hair, skin, nails, body….everywhere! It’s a fragrance-free oil that sinks into skin but doesn’t leave an oily residue the way other oils can. I reviewed it here and I am still regularly using it.

Retoucher Flawless Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

This brush – ohmiwords – this brush is incredibly soft. It’s definitely softer than what I expected it to be and I find it perfect for applying blushes to the cheeks. Yah, I know it’s a foundation brush but I find that I get much better use out of brushes like these when I use them for blushes, bronzers and highlighters. The rounded head makes for easy movement. Plus I really love the design on the handle.

Maracuja Miracle 12-hr foundation w/  SPF 15

Oooooh, foundation! And there’s a brown-girl friendly shade too. Unfortunately, I found this “Deep” to be too light for me which broke my heart a bit as it is the darkest of the 5 shades. tarte has never been one to have a ton of brown-girl friendly shades when it comes to their foundations. I knew that when I spied this foundation and so I didn’t get my hopes up too high. Ah well. Consistency-wise, it feels nice air-y and I love that there’s SPF built-in. The shades are as follows: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep.

ModernEYES Waterproof Creaseless shadow/liner

It’s been a while since I’ve played with a tarte liner, but when they say creaseless, honey, they mean creaseless. This 2-in-1 product totes the shadow on one side and the liner on the other. Both are nice shades that will work for daytime and nighttime looks. Both are great at lasting on and around the lid area for hours at a time. However, if you’re like me and have oily lids, you’ll probably have to wear a primer when  wearing the shadow. No biggie.

Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

Won’t say much about this because I’ve got an entire review on it here. This is hands down my FAVORITE tarte mascara. It volumizes and lasts longer than most natural mascaras.

Overall, for $49.98 I say you’re getting a darn good deal. Even if the foundation shade happens to be off a bit, the mascara, brush, maracuja oil and lippie impress me enough to consider this a steal. You will only be able to get this on Friday, July 13th on QVC and QVC.com.

Whatcha think? Think you’ll be grabbing? Somehow I think Janet Jackson will approve this collection. Haha, get it? Someone….anyone?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’Express Hyper Curl mascara

This mascara post is being brought to you by a guest editor; 16-year-old John! John is Flipino and loves beauty and nature! While he’s someone who can appreciate just about anyone’s natural beauty, he also believes a good mascara or foundation used properly can enhance it tenfold.

And even better – he’ll be reviewing an Asian-exclusive mascara. Okay yeah – I know this is going to make my non-Asian guys and girls a little disgruntled but I’m all about featuring location exclusive products. I do it all the time and get lots of “No fair, it’s in my country!” emails for y’all. ;)

Let’s get to it…

Price: 5 out of 5 (Not entirely sure though. Here in the Philippines this cost 250 PHP [which is considered relatively cheap here] but converted to US dollars, it equates to roughly $5.99).

Packaging (brush wand): 3.5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “In my area, cosmetics don’t come in their original packages but according to online sources, it promises to:

a) The “Instant Volume-Building Express” formula will quickly thicken the lashes.
b) “Patented Curved Anti-Clump Brush” will give you separation in the lashes
c) “Ultra Waterproof formula” will ensure long-lasting wear.
d) “Curly Fix Formula” will fix and curl up the lashes instantly for a 75º curl
lasting 18 hours.” (source)

The Truth:  Despite it somewhat lacking in the volume department, it’s very good mascara that lives up to it’s claims!

What I Loved About It: The packaging is so cute~ LOL. But that aside, the lengthening, curling and separation was amaaaaaaaaazzziiiiiiing. And it really lasts all day. And definition was definitely there!

What I Didn’t Like: It lacked in volumizing and it flaked a teensy bit, but I’m ready to forgive that since it only happened after, like, my 8th hour of wearing it.

Overall: I’ve gotten around when it comes to mascara. Although I haven’t tried as many mascaras as B, I have certainly tried my fair share. I’ve tried Maybelline, CoverGirl, MaxFactor, L’Oreal, Lancôme (♥), et cetera, et cetera. As well as a few local brands found around here in my country. And Hypercurl is definitely in my Top 5, along with Lancome’s Hypnose, and L’Oreal Voluminous.

Although it lacked in the volume department, the lengthening and separation was great. As for the curling factor… I don’t really know about 75º

The wand…

This wand is awesome sauce yo. Wands like these are one of my favorites; they make application very easy and the bristles are stiff enough to smoothly glide through my lashes and it makes for great separation. The only drawbacks however, are that they make application to the inner lashes a bit hard and that it’s not suitable to use for the lower lashes. But I don’t apply on the lower lashes so the latter didn’t really matter to me.

In summary, Maybelline has another winner in my book. Albeit a bit lacking with the volumizing, lengthening, curling and separating was nice. And I didn’t experience any clumping, a bit of flaking occurred but only after approximately 8 hours of wear.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 3 coats



Heheh, my eyes got wide in the first ‘after’ pic because my cat suddenly clawed my ankle, so I was caught by surprise. ;)

Do I recommend it?: Yeah I would! Especially if you’re the type who doesn’t like to deal with eyelash curlers and all that.

What about any of you fellow Asian Clumps? Have you tried this yet? Any thoughts?

More about John: I’ve tried my fair share of cosmetics. Mostly I have tried the mainstay drugstore brands like, Maybelline, CoverGirl, and Revlon. But I have also tried a few pricier ones, such as YSL, Dior, and Lancôme. So I’ve gotten around cosmetics-wise. Also, when I was around 13 and 14 I was a teen model.

Interested in writing a guest mascara review for Clumps? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Mascara Monday: Laura Mercier Long Lash mascara

No one and I mean no one makes a foundation like my girl Laura Mercier. And I know this post isn’t about foundation. It’s about a mascara. I know,  I know. I just had to say it. Everything about her cream foundation makes me just…ecstatic. Okay. And that’s all I’ll say about that. I promise. But honestly – with a foundation that good, I just knew the mascara would be just as awesome. That’s the thing about having awesome products in a brand. In your head, you kinda want everything else in the brand to be just as awesome. I can’t be the only one that thinks that. Come ooooon. I know I’m not!

Price: $24 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara extends and precisely separates the thinnest, shortest, hard-to-reach lashes by expertly scooping up and lengthening each one—while delivering just the right amount of product. The perfectly engineered brush, designed to meet Laura’s specifications, dramatically lengthens and defines each lash. An innovative stretch formula lengthens, separates and curls each lash making lashes appear longer in just two strokes. The long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-proof formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance lash color.” (source)

The Truth: Hmmm…I’m impressed.

What I Loved About It: It lengthens well.

What I Didn’t Like: It had the tendency to get a wee clumpy.

Overall: Well now – this is a lengthening mascara that I can get used to. And I don’t say that often. I find lengthening mascaras a bit tricky to work with. And here’s why – a lot of times, brands give you the “wrong” brushes. Some brushes are too plush. Others have bristles that are too far apart making lengthening and separating difficult. But every now and then, a brand will get it right. Kudos to Laura Mercier! Perhaps my favorite thing about this mascara is the wand. And it’s a no frills wand. There isn’t anything particularly special about it but it goes great with the mascara’s formula..

This wand makes it easy to wiggle though the lashes while separating the lashes with ease. Because the bristles are tinier than I’d like, it may take some time reallllly wiggling from root to tip. But patience is a virtue, darling and I found that with some elbow grease and a spoon full of sugar (I’m in a Mary Poppins kind of mood – don’t mind me), you’ll end up with nice long lashes.

Now. When it comes to lengthening mascaras, people expect the most. Myself included. I’m in the mindset of “Lengthen my lashes, you say? Well then…I want my lashes 3 feet long.” Um no. It doesn’t work like that. To really get your lengthening mascara to perform better, I recommend combing your lashes first. Untangle them and separate them as much as you can. I also recommend curling your lashes if yours are like mine and happen to be all over the place. I found that I had better results with this mascara when I curled my lashes before using it. Of course if you already have naturally curly lashes, you may need to omit this step.

3 coats of mascara seemed to do well with this mascara. I tried it with just one coat and two coats but I find it to really pop with  three good coats. Also, keep in mind that it’s a lengthening mascara so if you’re desirous of volume, you won’t be getting it from this mascara. But for lengthening? I say yay! It does a darn good job. The formula is lightweight so I’m not sure how we’ll it would do in terms of wearing allllll day but it doesn’t smudge or flake and that’s always a plus for me.

 

Bare Lashes


 


Lashes after 3 coats



Do I recommend it?: Absolutely. Especially if you’re a Laura Mercier fan!

Are you a fan of lengthening mascaras or would you rather roll with the volumizing ones?


Eucerin Skincare Challenge giveaway – 5 winners!

OMG! OMG! It stopped raining here in Orlando! This is indeed breaking news because it’s been monsoon-ing in Central Florida for a good 5 days now. I’m not complaining because a) we need the rain and b) it’s summertime in Florida and it ALWAYS rains. So yeah.

In non-rain news, I recently had the opportunity to have a skin consultation via Skype with the beautiful and talented Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton of Ingleton Dermatology in New York City. My consultation with her was the official kick-off to my Eucerin Skincare Challenge and I could not have been more excited.

I rambled on and on about my skincare issues (hyperpigmentation, mild acne, eczema, dryness – need I go on?) and she was so patient and kind. She gave me some suggestions and product recommendations. Two of ‘em are here!

Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion with SPF 30 and Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15.

Both are Fragrance Free and can I be honest? I much prefer skincare products that don’t have strong fragrances. And I know I’m the minority in that regard but I love that a great deal of Eucerin’s products are free of dyes and fragrances.

I’ve been slacking on slathering sunscreen on my face. I know, I know. I still haven’t found the BEST everyday wear sunscreen for my skin type and hue but I’ve been giving Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion a whirl and it hasn’t been too shabby.

A little goes a looooong way. And by little, I mean you probably need less than a pump. One pump gives you quite a bit of product.

And even after rubbing…

And rubbing…

…it takes sometime before it sinks into my skin. Many brown girls have issues with sunscreens leaving a white film on their faces and I’m no stranger to that issue. Luckily, it took nothing more than some elbow grease to really get this to sink into the skin. Unfortunately the face lotion isn’t without the sunscreen-y smell. It’s something I’ve become used to because I know I HAVE to wear it no matter what.

And when it comes to the zee body, the Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion does great at moisturizing even the ashiest skin (ahem…mine) while giving the added protection of SPF 15.

I love that the formula is on the thicker side because nothing sucks more than a watery lotion.

In honor of my Eucerin Skin Challenge, I’ll be hosting a giveaway! FIVE lucky ladies (or guys) will each score 1 bottle of Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion and 1 bottle of Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15. Yup!

Enter the Rafflecopter to be eligible to win.
Giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
If you’d rather email me your entry, please do so at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Good luck!

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Ooooh – pretty Clarisonics! Must haul all!

Any time one of my girlfriends asks me about a must have skincare product, I recommend the Clarisonic. And I do this a lot. I could very well be a spokesperson for lé Clarisonic because I am always quick to go down the list of perks this skincare gadget has done for me and soooooo many other users.

Yeah. I am that in love with mis Clarisonics.

How gorgeous are these new Clarisonic Mia 2’s?

Just precious. I want them all. I want to place them on a shelf in my beauty room just to marvel at. Crazy yes but I am just enamored with these pretty shades.

Oh, and just in case you thought you couldn’t afford a Clarisonic – check again, mamacita. The Mia is only $119 and Mia 2 is $149. Not bad, uh? And can I be honest? I actually prefer the Mia over the Classic and PLUS. The Mia is perfect for traveling and I find it easier to move around the face.

Put that Clarisonic lemming to an end and get you one this summer. You deserve it, don’t you?

Check out my in-depth Clarisonic Mia review here.

Mascara Monday: NYX Faux Lashes mascara

I’ve been reviewing my fair share of NYX Cosmetics mascaras this year, uh? Not that I’m complaining. I mean, I’ll never get annoyed at makeup brands shooting me a crap ton of mascaras to review. The more the merrier! I am just now hitting the mid way point of reviewing half of NYX’s Boudoir Mascara Collection. I’ve tackled Pin Up Tease and Provocateur and the fiber mascara kid called Faux Lashes is up next to bat.

Price: $6.00 at NYX.com and Ulta stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Infused with fibers to volumize and extend lashes. Short bristle brush for dark and heavy application.  Ideal for bottom lashes.” (source)

The Truth: It certainly is a “different” kind of fiber mascara.

What I Loved About It: NYX is dead on about this mascara being great for bottom lashes. It rocks in that department!

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me nearly as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: I guess I should just come right out and say it – I’m a fiber mascara snob. I am. I don’t wear them regularly (primarily because I’m lazy and it can take a good little while to apply a fiber mascara) but when I do, I’m serious about ‘em. There are only about 2 brands that I feel have done fiber mascaras beautifully. Mind you, I’ve tried more than a dozen fiber mascaras; drugstore and higher-end. That said, while NYX’s Faux Lashes does a decent job, it’s just so so when it comes to fiber mascaras.

But not because the wand sucks. Because it doesn’t…

 (photo credit)

Y’all know I am also a photo snob so please excuse this press photo. I usually take my own but my camera was on the fritz this weekend. Boo. This is actually one of better fiber mascara wands. Especially if you’re looking for a fiber mascara that does more lengthening than volumizing. No need to ask what my preference is. Y’all know I LIVE for volumized lashes. If if you’re a fan of lengthening and separating the lashes, this wand makes it so easy to do so. It is also great on the lower lashes. I tend to ignore my lower lashes most of the time (again – laziness strikes when getting ready in the morning) but when I want some added va va voom-ness to zee bottom lashes, this is the ideal want to give me that length.

Formula-wise, the mascara is great. It is chockfull of fiber thingies and applying them to the lashes couldn’t be easier. But again, because of the wand’s slim design, you aren’t really able to coat and paint the fibers on your lashes efficiently to get a fuller effect. And like I said, if your goal isn’t volumized lashes – no lost love there. But considering the claims said this mascara would give us volume, I just don’t think it delivered in that department.

But is it still a good mascara? It’s okay. I found application to be fine except throughout the day, it seemed to disappear a bit. I would even push it to the limit with 3 coats and the overall look just looked so so. If ladies with shorter and smaller lashes are looking for a fiber mascara that is easy to apply, this would be a great start. Just don’t expect to have crazy Drag Queen lashes with this kid.

 

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes after 3 coats



 

Do I recommend it?: It’s only $6 so if it doesn’t rock your world, you haven’t broken the bank. I do think there are better fiber mascaras out there so you can probably pass on this one.

Whatcha think? Are you a fan of fiber mascaras? Have you tried this one yet?