St. Ives new Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads. Are they hot or not?

I’ve been a die hard fan of St. Ives skincare products for I don’t know hooooow long. Even before I was a beauty blogger, I was hoarding St. Ives stuffs like it was a job. And ever since they started omitted harsh ingredients from their products, well, I love ‘em even more.

Good ole’ St. Ives has recently launched these Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads and of course I’ll had to check ‘em out.

Peep the stats:

  • First mass-market brand exfoliating pads with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
  • Formulated with 100% natural lactic acid
  • Only $4.99 and you get 60 pads
  • Exfoliates to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin in just 7 days

Well. These extreme claims of promising to provide younger-looking skin in just 7 days had me on my toes. I think I look like a youthful 27 years old but I’ll take 24-year old skin any day. :D I gave these pads a whirl for exactly 7 days and welllllll, they have their ups and downs.

For one, I LOVE the fact that you get 60 pads for under $5. That’s pretty dynamic considering you really only need 1 pad per cleaning. Now, if you use these TWICE a day then you’re average at least 60 a month which still isn’t that bad. I think these are ideal for traveling. You can just pop ‘em in a carry-on, suitcase or tote and you won’t have to worry about them spilling. Because I’m that nut that ALWAYS ends up spilling a face wash or shampoo in her luggage.

So yeah, portable and spill-proof products are definitely for me. On the downside, I’m not sure how effective these are at really cleansing the skin. Sure, they feel good but I didn’t get that streaky clean feeling I love to feel after washing my face. Oh! And I so think the product name is weird. When you think of exfoliating, you think of scrubbing beads or somethin’ like that, right? Well nope…the pads are smooth. It’s the ingredients that provide an exfoliating experience. But then it says scrub-free. Huh? So yeah, I get it, but I think the language may throw you off if you’re taking a quick glance of this in drugstores. Reading thoroughly is indeed fundamental.

Pro’s
-Affordable and easy to find
-It’s paraben-free

-They aren’t unscented but the light fragrance that they provide isn’t too overwhelming
-Pads are lint-free and smooth.
-One pad should be good enough for the face and neck.
-While you may want to use a makeup remover prior to these, they do a great job at removing face makeup like light foundation, powders and blushes.
-Those with dry skin will love how moisturizing this is.

Con’s
-It’s a bit drippy. Which is good because you get more than enough cleanser but bad because it can be a bit messy.
-The pads are hard to pull apart. Each time I used ‘em, I’d grab 2-3 and then had to spend a few seconds pulling them apart.

2-3 pads…

1 pad…

-Didn’t really change the appearance of my skin in 7 days. But then again, despite the claims, I didn’t expect it to.
-My skin didn’t feel ultra clean. I still felt like I needed to follow up with another cleanser. Then again, I’m not really sure if it’s a cleanser or not. Maybe this is something you use AFTER you wash your face? I’m not sure.

Are these ideal for me for every day use? Probably not. I like the skin drying-type clean and these didn’t give it to me. But I’ll still be carrying them with me when I travel. I can be a lazy somethin’ when travelin’ and skincare wipes and pads that help me remove the days’s gunk without turning on some water are sooooo up my alley.

Oh, and this warning was on Drugstore.com so it’s definitely something to take heed to,

“This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.”

ETA: Look what else I found per Drugstore.com: Use on cleansed skin twice daily or as tolerated. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water. That changes a lot, uh?

So is just me or am I the only slow bird that thought that these pads would actually be textured to exfoliate? Even though they said “scrub-free”? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI The Amazing Spider-man collection

In celebration of Sony Picture’s The Amazing Spider-man, OPI is gracing us with a Spiderman collection. The film hits theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012. I’m pretty sure Esposo will be dragging me along to see it. Not that I’m complaining. I really enjoy comic-book inspired action films even though I’ve never read the actual comic books. This collection ain’t what I pictured in my head when I first heard about a Spider-man collection. Which, I suppose, is a good and bad thing.

Number One Nemesis is a greenish olive-y looking grey. It’s between a foil and glass fleck and does quite the shimmer action when it hits the light.


Call Me Gwen-Ever is a creamy and dusty orange. It’s attractive but I’ve seen plenty of oranges like this. And it’s such an interesting shade to have a Spider-man nail polish collection. Or is it just me?

 

Into The Night is a midnight blue. Very Spider-man-ish. It’s a frost so application can be tricky but a good 2 even coats should set it straight.


Just Spotted The Lizard is a probably one of the few duochrome polishes that I own. We’re seeing dupes of this shade all over and while I don’t own any others, I’m hearing that OPI’s version is the best. Depending on where you look, it can look olive green and then gold. It changes at every angle. It’s a pretty cool polish but I’m not sure I’m in love with how it looks on me.



Your Web Or Mine? is a frosty Grandma pink. This is my least favorite of the bunch. It’s very safe for a Spider-man collection. Meh. No me gusta.


My Boyfriend Scales Walls is white but it has a bit of a grey hue to it. I love it! Then again, I absolutely love white polishes. Even if they are a pain to apply. Don’t mind my cuticles here. Too much swatching ‘n removing can be drying yo. 

Shatter the Scales is a dark green-y metallic crackle. It’s hard for me to apply crackles with my nail beds being extra wide and long but hereeee we go…

Shatter the Scales over My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Shatter the Scales over Call Me Gwen-ever

Very Miami Hurricanes, uh?

Must Haves
-Call Me Gwen-ever. It’s an awesome orange that applies beautifully. If you don’t have anything like this in your collection, you should scoop this one up.
-Just Spotted the Lizard. I reckon this will be the most popular shade of the bunch.
-My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Such an interesting grey-ish white.

Formula-wise these polishes were excellent. The crackle was a bit on the thick side but that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Many crackles are. This doesn’t feel like a Spider-man collection. The polish names and shades are pretty random and don’t evoke the kind of excitement the way a Spider-man nail polish collection should. And it’s kinda crazy that there isn’t a red polish up in here. I’ve got a thousand red polishes like everyone else but a metallic red with some shimmer would totally fit in a Spider-man collection.

Whatcha think about this collection? Any Spider-man fans in the house?

 

 

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suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

NYX Cosmetics Noir collection – eyeliners galore!

You may catch me without wearing mascara. But honey, I guarantee you you won’t catch me in the streets without some eyeliner. I ain’t lyin’. Eyeliner gives the perfect definition for my otherwise mediocre eyes. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those women who can’t be seen without makeup and feel ugly without it. But eyeliner? Well, it’s cosmetic king in my book. Whiiiiich is why I was lovin’ that NYX launched an eyeliner collection.

What NYX says about the collection:

“A black eyeliner collection that consists of ALL types! Choose your beauty ammunition – from skinny to big and glossy to matte, it’s your world! The collection carries eight different formulations of sleek black eyeliners, from matte, satin, glossy pencils to liquid and powder eyeliners. Drape your eyes with one or all of these waterproof, smudge-free formula liners. The collection offers various types of eyeliners that applies smooth and effortlessly for lasting and dramatic wear.” (source)

Did you read that? EIGHT different formulations, girl. I mean, seriously…who knew there were that many eyeliner formulations? Dang. I’ve only got 3 here but they’re fantastic and you betta believe I’ll be scooping up the other 5 one of these days. You know…for beauty research. Not to hoard. Yeah, research.

Liquid Black Liner

If liquid eyeliner was a high school class, in my book, it would be Chemistry. And chile, I loathed Chemistry. My teacher was decent, and learning the periodic table and all that jazz wasn’t THAT hard but I could never “get it”. I feel the saaaaame way about liquid liner. I try and I try and I’m still D’ing my way out. Sad, uh? According to NYX, “The Liquid Black Liner is enclosed with a distinctive applicator that makes precise lining and defining of the eyes smooth and easy.” And yeah, it ain’t THAT hard. But my theory with liquid liners is while it may take a ton of practice, some of us will just be better at it than others. On a good note, this liquid liner has a reallllly nice and precise tip.

Which SHOULD make application easier, but I dunno…I’m just not as good with application as I’d like. Formula-wise, I love how this liner wasn’t as watery as some of the others I’ve come across. But at the same time, it wasn’t thick either. I got a good 8 hours of wear time out of this liner before it started flaking out on me. But who really needs a liner to last FOREVER, ya know?

Um, I won’t tell you how long it took me to do that. I shall reward myself with a cookie.

Satin Finish Black Liner

“Make your eyes stand out with the velvety soft liner that stays put.” says NYX. Well alrighty then. I’m down with that. They aren’t lyin’ about the velvety touch. The formula of this liner feels super super soft. In fact, it’s so soft that it would probably do better on the lower lash line than on the waterline. It didn’t last as long on my waterline; probably because my eyes tend to water up throughout the day. One must be verrrrry careful with sharpening this as too much sharpening can result in bad breakage of the liner.

Don’t ask me how I know. Just trust me on this one. But it does give a nice and rich black finish. I applied it on both the waterline and lower lashline here.

Matte Black Liner

I can gets down with the liquid and satin liners but let’s face it, matte is where it’s at. A good matte eyeliner can last all day AND all night. Ya know…if you forget to wash your face or somethin’. I am lovin’ this matte liner. The formula is perfecto and I appreciate the packaging. I’m all for liner that sharpen themselves yo. The longevity of this liner is out of this world. In.love.

Look like I’m missing the kohl kajal black liner, glossy black liner and powder black liner. I gotta step my game up. Anyway, these only cost $6 so kudos to dressin’ up the eyelids without breakin’ the bank. You can get these from NYXCosmetics.com, Ulta.com and Ulta stores nationwide.

What’s your favorite kind of liner?

VIDEO: Using Q-tips to exfoliate lips

Soooo I’ve finally come out of the hole and did a YouTube video. It’s been a few months since I’ve done one but there’s nothing like an ambassadorship to motivate me to do one. In this video, I am showing you how useful Qtips Precision Tips can be when used to exfoliate lips and cleaning up lipstick mistakes.

And because it’s me, there’s random singing, accents and silliness. Yeah – some things will never change. In this video, I feature 2 of my favorite multi-purpose ingredients coconut oil and brown sugar. The Qtips do a great job at allowing me to get in the inner corners of my lips. I know what you’re thinking.

“B, can’t you just use your fingers?”

Nope. Coconut oil melt with the quickness when it hits the skin so using the Qtips Precision Tips has been niiiiice.

Let me know if you plan on trying this lip scrub. Oh! And did I mention that it’s edible too? Weeee! Stay tuned for my next Qtips post. I’ll be giving away some major beauty stuffs! And in the meantime, be sure to follow Qtips on Facebook!

 

I am Q-tips ambassador so this is a sponsored video. Q-tips® product was provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.

 

Q-tips® cotton swabs do a lot of good. To celebrate this, the Q-tips® cotton swabs brand is donating 1 Million Q-tips® cotton swabs to 3 charities that can use them daily – Operation Gratitude for care packages, Ronald McDonald House of New York for arts & crafts and Glamour Gals for intergenerational manicures & makeovers. Visit Facebook.com/Qtips and SHARE to show your support!

The Q-tips for Good program will feature a different charity every two weeks from May 21st through July 1st.

Operation Gratitude: Monday, May 21st – Sunday, June 3rd
Ronald McDonald House of New York: Monday, June 4th – Sunday, June 17th
Glamour Gals: Monday, June 18th – Sunday, July 1st

Mascara Monday: Nuance Salma Hayek Ultra-Defining mascara

Celebrity-endorsed cosmetics is one thing but celebrities who endorse cosmetics that actually rock is something else. Such is the case with the CVS-exclusive Nuance Salma Hayek line. If you haven’t seen these products in your drugstores, girl, run and check ‘em out now. I haven’t been so impressed with a cosmetics and skincare line like this in a looooong time. Oh, and guess what? This mascara is pretty awesome too!

Price: $9.79 on CVS.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Innovative formula and precision brush design lengthen and separate each lash for high-definition, all-day wear. Wheat protein strengthens and defines without clumping or flaking. Vitamin E conditions and nourishes for soft, flexible lashes. Panthenol prevents your lashes from becoming dry and brittle.” (source)

The Truth: This is the smallest wand ever but I absolutely LOVE it.

What I Loved About It: I love everything about this mascara. The wand, the performance, the lack of parabens, the wand…yessss.

What I Didn’t Like: I suppose it could be on the cheaper side but that’s not anything a coupon can’t solve. ;)

Overall: I think Salma Hayek is one of the most beautiful women I’ve never met. She just radiates elegance. She’s a Mexican-American actress and beauty babe. Her line contains every thing from cosmetics to hair products. The Nuance line is exclusive to CVS. Which is cool with me since I practically live in CVS anyway.

Let’s take a look at this awesome wand…


Look how slim it is!! I love it! Why don’t more so-called lengthening mascaras have wands like this? This is perfect for elongating the lases from the base. The bristles are short but I think this a great advantage. A gentle sweep is all it takes to coat the lashes with mascara and it’s just one of the most effortless mascaras I’ve ever played with.

My favorite aspect about this mascara? Why its paraben-free formula, of course. I will always salute brands that attempt to remove harmful ingredients from their products. However, sometimes the removal of those ingredients can produce subar performance on the mascara’s behalf. Not the case with this one. The formula applies easily and doesn’t get too clumpy. That is, if you don’t try to push it to the limit with a 4th coat or so. It’s not a waterproof mascara but I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking. Will it last all day? Well…meh. I found it disappeared a bit after an 8-hour work day but that’s not too much of a deal breaker for me. This is still the best non-fiber lengthening mascara that I’ve come across in a looooong time.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If you like simple wands, this is the mascara for you!

Worry not! I’ve got more fabulous products from the Nuance Salma Hayek line to review. Have you tried any thing from there yet?


Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Devious Nature

I can’t toot my own horn to save my life, but tooting the horns of others? Girl, I’ll do it all day and every day. I love knowing and being around movers and shakers and people who are living out their dreams. And Maria of Cult Nails exudes that in every way.

How pink is Devious Nature?

It’s a rich and creamy pink that doesn’t make me gag. Which says a lot. It’s the kind of pink that I secretly love but would only wear on my nails.

And ohmigoodness, I can’t even imagine how gorgeous this would be with some layering of a gorgeous glitter. Weeeee!!!

Look at me. Excited over pink and glitter? When did I become all girly ‘n stuff? Oh boy. Anyway, I love Devious Nature. That is all.

You can grab this baby from CultNails.com for $10.

NYC New York Color Up To 8HR lipgloss and a pup with a scarf

Sometimes when it comes to lip looks – I keep it simple. Y’all know by now that I’m not the type to spend more than 10 minutes a day on my makeup. What you may not know is that a good 6 of those minutes are dedicated to primpin’ the lips. I’m not even kidding. That’s not even the crazy part though. The crazy part is usually 20 minutes after I’ve applied some lip stuffs, I eat breakfast and completely ruin the lip look. I know. Ridic, right?

But every now and then, I act like I’ve got some sense and apply just a gloss. One like NYC New York Color Up To 8HR City Proof extended wear lipgloss. And it’s only a good $3.50. Ooooh yes.

It’s been a minute since I’ve glanced at NYC New York Color. I’m not sure how new these glosses are but they aren’t too shabby. It’s simple and it provides a nice pop of color without my having to do TOO much, ya know?

Aaaand it’s on the moisturizing side which is always a plus in my book. Don’t act like your lips have never been ashy. I KNOW I can’t be the only one. I love how this gloss isn’t tacky but I’m not a fan of how is smells. It’s quite reminiscent of Blue Magic hair crease. My sisters with hair types like mine will know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s not a stinky smell but it’s a bit medicindal and it just doesn’t smell “pretty”. I just wish all lip products (and skincare too, for that matter) went fragrance-free.

Oh. That pimple scar in between my brows told me to tell you “Whattup?” My pimples don’t only move IN on my face, they stay for a while, embarrass themselves and then leave a mess when they finally decide to leave. I don’t know what’s nuttier. Me acting like my pimples are roommates or the fact that I’m 27 and still battling pimples.

Man.

And uh – as far as lasting for 8 hours on this lips? Unless you don’t do any eating or drinking for 8 hours straight (virtually impossible for me), it can stick around. But if you’re a snacker and stay sippin’ dranks, yeah no…you won’t get 8 hours of wear time. 2-4 hours? Quizás, Quizás.

Know what else can last for 2-4 hours? Meiko’s scarf!

When I first tried to put this scarf on my pup, she’d keep trying to rip it off. Ole’ girl finally realized it’s better to be down with HK than fight me on it. Just ask Esposo.

Whatcha think, gals? Have any lip product surpassed more than a good 5 hours for you?

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Beach collection

If you haven’t seen the fierceness that is Zoya’s Surf collection, you can check it out here. The faternal twin to that collection is Beach and this collection mimics Beach but the finishes in Surf are creamier. If you’re a fan of bright creams, girlfriend, you’re going to love this collection.

Shelby is a soft pinky pink cream. There’s nothing terribly unique about this color but it fits beautifully with all of the other kids in this collection.


Arizona is a soft coral orange cream and it reminds me of a orange float. Please tell me you’ve had those. It’s a combination of orange soda and vanilla ice cream and giiiiirl, you haven’t lived until you’ve had one. Arizona is just as creamy and divine.

 

Lara is a such a vivid cerise pink cream and bay bayyyy, this is such a gorgeous pink. Is it on my toes right now? You betta believe it!


Reagan is a deep cerise pink cream and it’s a my second favorite pink of the bunch. It’s got a bit of purple to it and it’s all berry-tastic and whatnot.


Tracie is a sea grass metallic and it’s an interesting foil. I had to tweak the color a bit to make it look accurate. It’s not my favorite green but it’s pretty enough.


Wednesday is a soft aqua cream that makes photographing it weird. I wore this polish on a Tuesday a few weeks ago and felt like such a boss. Because wouldn’t it make sense to only wear Wednesday on Wednesday? Haaaa! 

Crazy how my iPhone can take a better picture of Wednesday than my super duper DSLR can. Womp.

 

 

Must Haves
-Arizona. Because it has less calories than an orange float. Ha!!
-Lara. Such a gorgeous pink (or pank if you’re from the South) it is.

Formula-wise these polishes are good. Because they’re creams, you’ll have to put a little work into them but overall they didn’t give me any problems. I used 2 coats for each polish. I dig Zoya’s Surf collection more and I was a little annoyed that this collection had THREE pinks but there are some winners so I’m not complaining. I’d like a little more shock value from Zoya though. Hopefully those Fall collections should be better.

How you feelin’ about this collection?

 

 

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