Giveaway! Softsoap Vineyard Escape Relaxation Package!

Yep, it’s still the giveaway season and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Hope you beautiful people don’t mind. As y’all know – I am a lover of fragrance-free and naturally-fragranced products. I’ve been this way for a few years and it’s not because I don’t like smelling pretty, because I do. But, I’ve found that heavily scented fragrances not only make me nauseous at times but can contribute to my horrible migraines. And so I got rid of my of bottles of eau de toilette, super smelly lotions and soaps and swapped them for products without scents. Which, okay, is not fun but I’m in a happier place without dealing with overwhelming scents.

However, I know most women enjoy pretty smells and that’s why I continue to review and feature products that I’m sure most ladies would love. Like this Softsoap Vineyard Escape body wash.

I love love LOVE when body washes have a scrub built-in. In this case, this body wash has exfoliating fruit seeds (I wonder what fruit…) and they do a fantastic job at cleansing the skin while exfoliating it. This body wash is all about indulging in the moment. Y’know…forgetting that you’ve got a thousand emails to check, dinner to cook and doggies to walk. The bathtub is a sacred place and I’m all for truly relaxing up in there.

Scent-wise, I don’t have too many aversions to this one. It’s got a sweet smell that doesn’t linger for hours at a time. It’s a refreshing body wash for those who have an affinity towards fruity fragrances.

Softsoap is going to gift one Clumps of Mascara reader with the following:

-Softsoap Vineyard Escape Scrub
-A sweet smellin’ candle
-A plush loofah

Yes girls ‘n guys…it’s a nice little package for you to take a few minutes to indulge yourself. How can you win this? I’ll be choosing one U.S.-based reader who has left a comment on any blog post in the past 2 weeks. It’s that easy! If you’ve been a commentin’, you’re already covered.

I’ll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, August 22nd!

Good lucky, duckies!


[Giveaway winner has been selected]

Amor de Lacquer: Butter LONDON Heavy Medal Metallic Nail Lacquer Trio

There are only few nail polish brands that I brag about. And one of ’em is butter LONDON. But for good reason. I love how “involved” the brand was with the Olympics. Granted they’re British and the 2012 Summer Olympics were held in London but still…they could have very well ignored  the games like many other beauty brands.

But nope. They had a “Spirit to the Games” flash sale AND launched a limited edition Olympic Medal Metallic Nail Lacquer Trio on QVC. Um….wow!!! And considering the Olympics ruled my life while it was on (I’m still in mourning, y’all…) this was major! The QVC-exclusive deal goes for $29.75 which is a crazy deal!

Check out the shades…

The Full Monty is an opaque light gold metallic. I always feel like metallics look a bit funny of me and The Full Monty proved that. At the same time, as much of a gold fan, I am NOT, I kinda dig this light gold. It’s delicate and powerful!

The Diamond Geezer is an opaque bright silver metallic and it’s your basic no frills silver nail polish. It isn’t as chrome-y as some that I’ve seen but it’s got enough POW to appeal to you if you love shimmery silvers polishes.

The Old Bill is an burnished copper metallic. I’m not sure if it compliments my skin tone the best but I LOVE this one. It applied like buttah and has a such a nice and smooth finish. It gives my nails such a clean look. I love it!

Overall: Like all butter LONDON polishes, these applied beautifully. I applied 3 coats for each polish and got incredible shine without the use of topcoats. And I just really love the notion behind these polishes. I’ve been regularly watching the Olympics for as long as I can remember and I love that I’ve got a little memory of the 2012 Games in my nail polish collex. Oh, bL..I could hug you guys for this.

Because it’s a limited edition collection, you’ll want to jump on it ASAP. It is currently on and the QVC Item is #A229333. Hop to it!!

Meanwhile, I’ll be reliving the epic and legendary moves from gymnastics, track and field and swimming. Olympics, come back!!!!

Milani COLOR PLAY Felt-Tip Liquid Pen – For Eyes, Face AND Body!

Ooooh weeee, looky looky! Milani has felt tip eyeliners and they aren’t only for eyes and face, but for the body too! Look!!

Okay, first things first – I am the worst at using these felt tip eyeliners. And if you suck at using ’em too, then join the club. When it comes to these babies, practice makes perfect. And if it takes 5+ years to get it right like yours truly…then so be it! But if you like to invest in products that you have a hard time using anyway (ahem, also like me!) you may want to take a peek at these newly launched COLOR PLAY Felt-Tip Liquid Pen by Milani Cosmetics.

They retail for $6.99 a pop which I find to be a modest and average price point for drugstore eyeliners like these. And they come all pretty colors toooo.

Jaded Edge, Gray Strokes, White Line, Blue Definition, Pink Point, Black Line

Each liner has nice fine points and like most felt tip liners, you can control the width of the line by turning the angle of the pens. I played around with each one of these and the color payoff for each is nice!

My Faves:
-Blue Definition: This blue is awesome! So vibrant. Will definitely be using this regularly.
-Pink Point: A pink that isn’t so pale? Nice!
-Black Line: Because you can never have too many nice and smooth black liners.

I’ve got the gift of written gab but I am so not an artist. I imagine you can do some pretty elaborate designs with these liners but all I could crank out was a wimpy design on the hand…

Buuuuut I did come up with a decent no big deal look on the lower lash line.

These liners are super smooth and precise. They’re water-resistant not water-proof so if you plan on using these on the eyes, an eyeshadow primer will help the liner last longer. If they get hit with a splash of water though…

…the liner may smudge and smear a bit. Still. For $6.99, these are awesome.

Another win from Milani! These are currently sold online and you can get them anywhere Milani products are sold.

Mascara Monday: Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex mascara

Looks like Rimmel is still on the ScandalEyes tip. I can dig it! After all, if Maybelline can keep pumpin’ the Falsies gig, Rimmel can run their ScandalEyes into the ground. Hehe! I’ll be honest – I wasn’t excited about reviewing this mascara. The wand is against everything I stand for. It’s big, plush and based off of the packaging looked to be like one of those wands that those with wonky lashes will struggle with.

Oh boy…


Price: $6.99 on and at drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Exclusive flexible formula with Lycra Technology makes lashes look full and voluptuous, never stiff or brittle.” (per packaging) 

The Truth: Well, it’s not THAT bad. I suppose this is why I shouldn’t be judging mascaras by their wands. Oops.

What I Loved About It: The volumizing is pretty awesome.

What I Didn’t Like: Despite it not being the worst I’ve ever dealt with, I still don’t like the larger wand. Nor do I like the big gapping hole that it comes out of.

Overall: This Lycra Technology isn’t anything new when it comes to Rimmel mascaras. I’ve seen it before but I’m not exactly sure what it does. Does it help with volumizing or does it prevent the lashes from getting stiff or brittle? Who knows? Let’s rap on this wand first…

A bit of a gordita, uh? The good news is – it’s not THAT bad. I mean, yes it’s massive, a bit intimidating and maybe not the ideal wand for those of us with smaller lids and lashes, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. For one, the bristles are spaced out enough to where you can grab each and every lash. And although the hole of the tube is large, it does a good job at removing enough mascara off of the wand so you don’t end up with a clumpy mess. YES! This is a big deal to me.

Formula-wise, the mascara isn’t too shabby. I found application to be a breeze and didn’t have to deal with it any clumping with multiple coats. The only downfall, of course, is getting those inner lashes and bottom lashes. A wand this large makes it difficult to do so. I’m assuming that this Lycra stuff helps with preventing the lashes from getting stiff. And it’s interesting. For one, it takes a whiiiiile for the lashes to really “dry”. Whereas some mascaras dry your lashes within a blink of an eye (hehe, get it?) – this one takes foreeeever to dry. But when it does, yep – my lashes weren’t brittle. They were soft ‘n supple, wispy but still looked volumized. This is a nice change! So I guess this Lycra stuff does does do what it’s supposed to do. Cool! You may endure some smudging if you don’t wait for the mascara but I didn’t deal with any flaking. Go Rimmel!


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Despite the huge wand, this mascara actually does really well and may surprise you. If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I’d give this one a try?

Whatcha think? Have you tried this mascara yet?

Take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge

Time to take a pledge, guys and gals! It’s a heavy commitment so if you don’t think you’re ready, give it some time and think about it. Y’all know how serious I am about skincare. I’ve even claimed to spend any amount of money on my skincare simply because I believe healthy skin is worth the investment.

I’m a wee bit late in posting it but last month’s challenge of my Eucerin Healthy Skin challenge was to encourage you beautiful people to take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge. What’s this pledge all about?

By taking the pledge, you are…

  • Choosing to put the health of your skin first.
  • Pledging to protect and defend your skin.
  • Making skincare a priority for yourself, your family and friends.
  • Deciding to treat your skincare more like healthcare.

I’ve already taken the pledge and you can do so as well by visiting and Eucerin’s Facebook page. I promise it shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds. If that!

Yay for making healthy and beautiful skin a priority!

Amor de Lacquer: Pretty Polishes from Sation

And sooooo my nails are back to nubs. Yes, this depresses me but when you break one nail on each hand, what do you do? You kinda have to cut them all off so they look even, ya know? Lé dagger nails will return again soon. In the meantime, check out this new nail polish brand. Sation isn’t new per sé but it’s new to me. My homegirl Cristina and fellow member of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group introduced this brand to me and to say I’m hooked is an understatement. Where in the world has this brand been my entire life? Like…seriously? I’ve got 6 Sation babies here and will be showcasing a few more in the coming weeks.

Check these out…

 I took a risk on Beyond Bubblegum Pink. Y’all know how I feel about the color pink but this hot pink with shimmer was screaming my name. When I finally got my hands on it, I was shocked. It was sheer perfection! I am in love with BBP and hereby claim it to be the pedicure color for Summer 2012. Even though Summer is almost over with. Yeah.

Oh My Oceania is a color that really needs to be seen in person. It was Cristina’s swatches that convinced me to get this one. This beautiful ocean blue with bright neon blue (if such exists) micro shimmer is insanely captivating. I can’t stop staring at my nails when I wear this polish. I’ve never seen a polish like this kid before. And excuse my application. I didn’t realize I was so sloppy woppy with that one.

Violet Blue is a frosty purple that isn’t all that unique but it’s still pretty because it’s opaque at only 2 coats. It’s a rich purple too and it’s hard to find frosty purples that are rich and apply with ease.

One & Only Orange is a bright bright BRIGHT neon tangerine jelly and it is fantastic. It doesn’t even require a white base to be insanely bright. This is a win in my book. I’ve checked my stash and while I do have a few neon oranges I don’t have any THIS bright and opaque at 3 coats.

Even brighter than BBP is Shock Me Twice Pink. This shimmery pink jelly is stunning. Told you – I do like SOME pink polishes. They just have to be insanely bright, a jelly or super glittery. Woot!

Seriously Slate seriously has a cool name. I’ve never seen a jelly blackened shimmer. It’s definitely one of the most unique polishes I’ve ever seen. Me likey!

Overall: The consistency of some of these polishes were a bit wonky. Beyond Bubblegum Pink was thick and goopy and Oh My Oceania wasn’t easy to work with either. Sation does really well with frosts and jelly/squishy polishes but I’m on the fence about their shimmers and creams. That’s not going to stop me from supporting the brand though. They’ve got some beautiful shades!

Sation goes for $5 online and you can snag ’em here. I’ve never seen them in stores but with those prices, I’m going to need some drugstore to pick ’em up.

Have you ever heard of this brand before? Whatcha think of these featured shades?

Milani Instant Eye Makeup Remover = Move Over Lancôme BI-FACIL!

Eye makeup removers. It’s a sensitive topic. Really, it is. I’m open to trying anyyyyy kind of eyeliner pencil, eyeshadow brand, blush or lipgloss. But when it comes to makeup removers, I like to stick with what I know.

Unless Milani has a new makeup remover in which case a sista will make some exceptions.

This is a brand new Milani product and this baby comes with quite a few perks. Let’s seeee….

-Silicone and oil-free
-Claims to remove waterproof makeup
-Leaves no oily residue
-Affordable. Only $5.99 in stores and online

Girl. $5.99? I currently regularly use a makeup remover that is almost $12 MORE than Milani’s. I know. I know. I haven’t had any good experiences with drugstore eye makeup removers as I find them to not really REMOVE. Smooth across my face and get a good 40% of my waterproof mascara off? Yes. But completely remove? Nah. I was ready to believe that Milani’s would fall in line with everyone else’s.

No ma’am. No sir. This eye makeup remover actually surpasses my expensive and beloved Lancôme BI-FACIL. I’m not even kidding. To give you a photo example of how AWESOME Milani’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover is, I swatched a dark and heavy line of black (‘n waterproof) eyeliner on my hand. This eyeliner usually doesn’t even think about budging unless I’m using a sturdy makeup remover.

I took a cotton swap and swiped right on down.

To the left is Lancôme BI-FACIL  and to the right is Milani Instant Eye Makeup Remover.

Go Milani go! Milani removed more eyeliner in one swipe than Lancôme did. I’ve politely put ole’ Lancôme to the side and have Milani’s remover in rotation. I should also note that Lancôme BI-FACIL has a convenient little stopper in the top whereas Milani  Instant Eye Makeup Remover does not. I may have ended up with more remover on the Milani swap than on the Lancôme swap, but  since this test and several other eyeshadow removal tests, Milani has come out on top.

So yeah. If you’re in the market for a new eye makeup remover, stroll on down to your drugstore or online and scoop this baby up.

Have you tried this eye makeup remover yet? What brand do you usually stick to?

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume mascara


Excuse me while I throw a party but Clinique has a new mascara. Weeeee!!! Clinique is most known for their amazing skincare products (word up to that Even Better Skin Tone Corrector!) but their mascaras are their biggest secret, I think. I’ve reviewed 7 of their mascaras and have been impressed with most of ’em. It’s really hard to be disappointed with Clinique mascaras. Or so I thought.


Price: $19.50 at Clinique counters and on Clinique.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “With every stroke, the over-the-top brush wraps lashes in instant, jaw-dropping drama. This larger-than-life formula is also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: OMG, the insane volume that this mascara provides is awesome!!

What I Loved About It: The volume is just…wow.

What I Didn’t Like: The packaging sucks. And this part makes me really sad.

Overall: I am always really excited to review Clinique mascaras. And I can’t say this about all brands. Clinique’s new mascaras don’t promise 198% more length and introduce these new ingredients that claim to really volumize your lashes. The claims are always simple and believable. Back in 2008, I reviewed Clinique’s High Impact mascara. I’ll be honest – that review sucks. That was back in my “new to reviewing mascaras” days and I didn’t review them to the best of my ability. How I managed to give that mascara such a low rating is beyond me. High Impact Extreme has made up for it.

Let’s check out the wand…

It’s scary, uh? Clinique isn’t the first to the do the small bristles, dagger ball on the end wand thingie. It’s a cool little feature as it makes applying to the outer lashes and bottom lashes a breeze. In fact, I usually only apply mascara to my bottom lashes when I have a wand like this. But using this wand is far from easy.

One HUGE downfall with the packaging though – we’ve got what I call “The Black Abyss Effect”. Pulling the wand out of the tube will reveal a huge gap in the tube.

I haaaate when this happens. It pretty much means that you have to spend a ton of time wiping the mascara residue on the inside of the tube. And it sucks. This problem can be easily alleviated if there was a stopper in the tube but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this mascara. Boo.

But once I was able to remove as much mascara from the wand as I could, applying was easy. And the outcome…whoa!! With only 2 coats of mascara, I got a ton of volume. Extreme volume is the best name for this mascara. As with all mascaras that provide great volume, it did have the tendency to clump up a bit on me. The best way to prevent that is to slooooowly move from root to tip. I didn’t have any issues with flaking and it did a darn good job at lasting throughout the day. I am beyond impressed! Except for the lack of a stopper.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Sure do!! It’s an awesome volumizing mascara. Do know that you may have to do some extra work in cleaning up the wand but if you don’t mind, you’ll love love LOVE this mascara.

Any other Clinique mascara lovers out there?