Mascara Monday: Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve played around with Korres stuffs. And it’s a shame because Korres is one of my favorite preservative-free brands. Their Lip Butters are by far some of the best lip balms on the planet. And don’t even get me started on their Cleansing Wipes. This is my 3rd Korres mascara and it’s one of the most interesting mascaras that I’ve ever reviewed.

Price: $20 at Sephora and 
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This Obsidian black is formulated with volcanic minerals for the deepest, darkest color and an explosive increase in lash volume. These rich pigments blend with natural film formers to create a flexible yet strong coating that covers every lash. Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara provides a glossy, luminous finish with a flexible conditioned feel, without any smudging or flakes for optimal, long-wearing benefits. The tapered brush head with unique cross-hatch bristles ensures smooth, clump-free application that grabs even the tiniest microlashes.” (source)

The Truth: Soooo, I’ll be reviewing a ton of mascaras in the coming weeks but THIS one will be my go to. It’s awesome!

What I Loved About It: It does such an incredible job volumizing with just 1 coat.

What I Didn’t Like: It has the tendency to clump.

Overall: Oh man, Korres. Y’all knocked this one out of the park. What a fantastic mascara! I’ve had good and fair experiences with Korres mascaras but I always review a new one with high hopes. It’s great to know that this one didn’t let me down. First of all…volcanic minerals? I question the validity of this one.

Did a makeup artist wake up one day and say, “OMG…we should go to a volcano, get some minerals and put it in a mascara. It’ll be epic. And one day a blogger who blogs about mascara every week will review it and love it.” I mean, I don’t know. Legit or gimmicky, the formula of this mascara is pretty stellar. It sits comfortably between thin ‘n thick without weighing more on one side or the other. The wand is decent too.

It’s nothing groundbreaking and I can appreciate that. Sometimes brands try way too hard to impress us consumers when it comes to mascara wands. I can appreciate what’s been working for years. There is one thing about this mascara that may throw you off though – the smell.

If you’re used to wearing natural (or preservative-free) mascaras, you are likely used to “interesting” smells. While this one isn’t as bad as some of the other scents I’ve gotten from natural mascaras, it may be a bit off putting to some. Oh. So you want to know WHAT it smells like? Woody, organic-y, green…. Horrible descriptions I know but if you try this mascara, you’ll understand what I mean.

When it comes to performance, I don’t know how these volcanic minerals do it, but they do it well. The wand makes for easy application and wiggling it through the lashes really helps elongate the lashes. My favorite thing about this mascara? How long it lasts! This isn’t the case with most natural mascara so I was really excited to know that I could wear this throughout an 8-hr workday without it flaking on me. And it removes super easily as well. Flaking is minimal and while I didn’t experience any smudging, I don’t think this is the ideal mascara for those who are looking for something waterproof. And sure it’s not the perfect volumizing mascara but it’s amazeballs nonetheless.

This baby is  2-coat wonder. I am in love.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! It isn’t the cheapest mascara on the market but if you’re a lover of preservative-free mascaras that last for hours on end, this is the one you’ll want to holla at.

Any lovers of Korres? And what do you think…are there really volcanic minerals in that mascara?

The day a body wash changed my skin…for the better!

Lately my skin has been making me cry. And sorry y’all – I don’t feel all that petty about crying over skin. It doesn’t mean I’m vain. It just means that if my skin isn’t in perfect condition at any given moment – I’m liable to drop tears over it. Which seems fair, right?

No? Oh. Welllssss, along with my Eurcerin Healthy Skin Challenge, I’ve been using products that have been specifically recommended to me by  a Eucerin dermatologist. We had a Skype meeting and she was so sweet just listening to me complain about the eternal wreck that is my skin. I told her about my acne, eczema/dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, perpetual dry skin and the hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy. She listened intently and recommended that I try these two products.

Also known as the Skincare Dream Team. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Say hello to Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash ($7.99).

First of all, this is my first time trying a body wash like this. Yes, I know I’m Ms. Naturalista Who Likes To Make Her Own Soap but my homemade bar soaps have been getting less and less attention since I’ve tried this. Simply put: this body wash is freaking awesome. First of all, it actually MOISTURIZES the skin. And it’s fragrance-free.

Although I grew up using body washes, I’ve had to stop using most of them because no matter how much they claim to moisturize the skin, they really don’t. At least not for my skin. Most body washes makes my eczema worse and so I’m left battling cleansed skin but insanely itchy and dry skin. The inclusion of oils in this body wash has me doing cartwheels because at initial glance and touch, I can see and feel said oil…

On the skin, it lathers nicely and so I feel like I’m getting a good cleanse but after rinsing, my skin doesn’t feel streaky clean. Instead, the oil seems to sink in. Wow! And yes, it IS fragrance-free but I can get a whiff of a faint “natural oil” smell. It doesn’t bother me but if you aren’t used to oils, it may throw you off a bit. Then again I’d rather smell like oils than like a field of artificial flowers. I’m just sayin’…

I can’t sing enough praises about this body wash. I just…can’t. I hope Eucerin never stops making it. And I’m not the only one lovin’ this stuff. Just check out the reviews.

And then there’s the Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment body lotion ($7.99).

Eucerin is following suit with many other brands to help target those of us who have not only dry skin but super itchy skin as well. I’ve tried several commercial brands and have a favorite so I was curious to see how Eucerin Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment could sway me. The claims seem impressive enough.

…and I like the inclusion of menthol; which I know can provide a nice and cooling feeling. Consistency-wise, I would have liked the lotion to have been on the thicker side.

But it isn’t watery like most drugstore lotions are, so I’m not complaining. The menthol effect does kick in after slathering it on the skin and it feels really nice. My skin always feels completely moisturized when I use it. I tend to only use the lotion on my problem areas (neck and back) and moisturize everywhere else with coconut oil. It works surprisingly well!

I’ve been using these 2 products for a week now and while I am head over heels in love with the body wash, I will continue using both for optimal results. My eczema is still around and I’m not sure it will ever completely disappear, as it is a chronic skin disease, but I love that I’m not so itchy and flaky.

Any other eczema suffers in the house? And have you ever heard of an oil-based body oil?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze On Safari Fall 2012 collection

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve played around with any of China Glaze’s recent collections. I totally blew past their summer releases and I’m just stepping my toe into their Fall collections. 

I’ve only got 4 of the 10 of these On Safari babies but they’re still pretty to look at.

Elephant Walk is such an interesting gray. I think I like it more than China Glaze’s Recycle because it’s got a tiny bit of shimmer. Oh! And ‘scuse the smudgey wudgey on my middle finger. Application was a bit wonky with this one. It’s a cool graphite gray  that is dusty and just fantastic. Of course it’s not necessary if you already have you fair share of grays but it certainly is a nice one to add to my collection.

Purr-fect Plum is described as a bold burgundy but I’d describe it more as a berry with personality. It’s not crazy unique but it’s smooth, creamy and applied flawlessly.

Man Hunt is a bold cobalt blue that is definitely one of the BEST polishes in this collection. Especially if you’re a lover of blue polishes. I’ve searched high and low for a strikingly blue nail polish that doesn’t stain the nails and is opaque after only 2 coats. Man Hunt is a winner. Love love love this one.

Adventure Red-y is described as a vivid red. It’s one of those reds that Mama Clumps wouldn’t let me wear when I was young. That said, I LOVE it.

There are some other highlights in this collection. There’s Call of the Wild, Exotic Encounters and I’m Not Lion. It’s not the most totally awesome and amazing China Glaze collection I’ve come across but it’s got a nice mix of traditional and unique polishes. There’s somethin’ for everyone. You can snag this collection at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply and even cheaper online at for only $2.99 a pop.

Have you grabbed anything from this collection? How awesome is that Man Hunt?!

Revlon Expressions Experiment – Red Lips Included

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Revlon for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love a good ole’ beauty challenge. And I feel like it’s been fo’eva since I’ve done one. For one, I’ve been mad lazy on the makeup tip. Powder, liner, mascara, gloss…done. The Florida heat plus pregnancy laziness put me in quite the lazy mode. Leave it to the Revlon Expression Experiment to drag me out of my haze.

Revlon is trying to inspire women to step outside of the box a bit and play around with makeup that they may not normally wear. Well, clearly I’m not THAT girl because I’ll wear anything. Especially when a red lipstick is involved.

Know what I mean? Let’s do a quick run through of what everything is before I showcase the look that I managed to crank out.

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First up is the PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener.

I didn’t use it as a makeup primer but it did a darn good job at brightening under the eyes. Which, I can ALWAYS use. Then there was the PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer.

While I used this, I didn’t notice much of a difference in powder application or longevity. I reckon primers do 10x better when used in conjunction with liquid and cream foundations; 2 kids I don’t tango with in the summertime. Now that kit came with 2 eye shadow palettes but I wanted something neutral since I was going to be rocking an insanely red lipstick. And so I settled on Bombshell.

And then there were the lippies. Ooooooh, the lippies…

(L-R) Fire & Ice lipstick, Candy Apple Lip Butter and Sizzle Canicule Lipgloss.

Swatches of ’em all…

Oh! And then gorgeous nail polishes which I totally forgot to swatch on the fingernails.

Wearing blue nail polish isn’t exactly out of my comfort zone so I’m pretty sure you’ll see swatches of that kid soon. I took all of the goodies in the beauty lab and got to work. The results…

Not too shabby, uh? I took these pictures before the right side of my face starting breaking out like you wouldn’t believe… I dig the philosophy behind this. Revlon is attempting to empower women by getting them to step outside of their comfort zone a bit and try something new in the beauty world. I’ve been screaming this for years. Go Revlon go!

Are you more of a “stick with what you know” beauty gal or do you like to play around and do different things when you can?

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Mascara Monday: Dear L’Oreal Voluminuous mascaras…

Dear L’Oreal Voluminous crew,

You’re starting to confuse me. I went trekking into Target one fateful Saturday. The goal was to snag a new L’Oreal mascara. Lemme tell you, if you take a look at your section in a drugstore, it’ll boggle your mind. There are SO many mascaras with similar names. Voluminous this, Voluminous that…it’s a tad bit perplexing. And frustrating. Revlon, COVERGIRL and even Maybelline with their gajillion mascaras have everything organized nicely with un-confusing names. I even had to quickly search my own beauty blog to see if I had previously reviewed this mascara. And guess, what? I DID!!! Except back in November 2011 when I first reviewed this mascara, it had different packaging with a different wand. The new packaging included new verbiage like “Black Lacquer” and that’s why I got confused. Because yeah, I have reviewed L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes before but I thought with addition of “Black Lacquer”, this mascara was something different.

It wasn’t. You have totally deceived me and I don’t appreciate it yo.

New packaging…

Old packaging…

Claims on NEW packaging…

Claims on OLD packaging…

Do you see how this can be confusing? Especially for us mascara lovers. Please do better. I know advertising is everything when it comes to selling cosmetics but confusing your consumers not the way to go.

I’m just sayin’…

Yours Truly,



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.