4 Awesome Lippies Under $10

Havin’ a bad day? Buy a lippy. That’s one of my many mantras. There really isn’t anything more therapeutic than scooping up a new lippy after a trying day. Then again – I don’t even need for a day to be bad to buy one. 😀 I play nicely with both drugstore and higher-end products but lately it seems to be drugstore lippies that have been stealing the show. These 4 have been in constant rotation in my makeup stash.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters 

I’d like to haul all of ’em but that would be unnecessary. Because who really needs THAT many lip butters? Okay – don’t answer that. I have only 4. Not bad when they’ve got more than 20, uh?

Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss

Y’all have nooooo idea how much I love this lipgloss. And it’s not really because of how awesome the formula is. Nor is it the long-lasting gloss turned into lip stain aspect. What do I love most? It lights up! I could be on the beach with the sun shinning on my head and I will still turn the light on. Best lipgloss ever. This doesn’t ever need to be discontinued.

Wet ‘n Wild Fuchsia with Blue Pearl 

 

Considering this lipstick is on sale for $0.69, you pretty much owe it to yourself to scoop it up. A fantastic lipstick for only a buck? I mean, come oooon…

NYX Color Lip Balms

Imagine a world where chapsticks get along. Oh. We live in that world. And thankfully NYX Cosmetics lives here with us. These lip balms are nothing short of amazing. They moisturize, provide a subtle pop of color and are tote-able and cheap. Will haul all.

My Top 6 Favorite Mascaras

This should really be a hard post for me considering I’ve reviewed well over 150 mascaras but it’s not. Most of the mascaras that I review are decent but only a handful are amazing. And I know that sounds pretty lame but let’s face it, many brands make all of these claims about how amazing their mascaras are when in reality…they’re just okay. But these babies here? Oh man. If I didn’t have to regularly review mascaras, I’d just stick to these. And because I could write even MORE about these beloved mascaras, I’ll just give you 3 of my favorite details about them.

Ultraflesh Panthera

  • Coolest packaging EVER!
  • It’s a higher-end and preservative-free mascara. You rarely see that.
  • Has a wonderful and light but longwear formula.
  • Super easy to use. Even for the insanely clumsy folx like me.
  • Removal is a breeze.
  • Long lasting and eye popping. This mascara REALLY opens up the eyes.
  • Flawless fiber mascara with thickening and lengthening properties
  • An “interesting” wand that doesn’t affect application but it’s still cool to look at.
  • Like most fiber mascara, it removes with ease.

Nuance Salma Hayek Ultra-Defining

  • The perfect wand. I mean, perfect!
  • Gentle formula.
  • Awesome awesome lengthening power.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator

  • Thick formula but still allows you to lengthen beautifully.
  • Long lasting!
  • It’s memorable because it was my 100th mascara review.

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

  • Incredible heart shaped wand.
  • 10x more effective than the original Great Lash mascara
  • Gives volumized lashes with only 1 coat.

 

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What is your absolute favorite mascara eeeeever?

NYX Crimson Amulet collection – vampires everywhere are rejoicing!

So there’s this new movie coming out called Dark Shadows and NYX Cosmetics has a nice little makeup palette in honor of it. Don’t hate me but I totally had to Google Dark Shadows to see what this movie is all about. Doesn’t look like it’s up my alley considering it’s staring a vampire. But the plot looks pretty funny – a vampire from the 1700’s wakes up in the 1970’s. Hehe.

I love when makeup brands have products and collections dedicated to movies, TV shows and pop culture events. And for $25, this Crimson Amulet collection palette is pretty groovy.

What NYX has to say about it,

“LIMITED EDITION! Captivate and mesmerize with your beauty using the Crimson Amulet collection. This palette inspired by the film “Dark Shadows” comprises of 24 matte and shimmery lush eye shadows, 5 intoxicating blushers, 1 luminous highlighter, 4 succulent lip colors, 1 HD Studio eye shadow base for a more intense eye shadow hue, and 1 extreme black liquid eye liner. Recreate the enticing female characters’ in Dark Shadows using the collection!” (source)

So when you open up the book, you’re lookin’ at 24 shadows…

Flip the book and to the left you’ve got some descriptions of 3 vampire-y ladies.

And to the right…

More goodies!

So let’s start with the shadows.

I always appreciate palettes that contain various textures. It looks like frosts run this book but there are a few decent mattes up in here. Like the black matte.

It’s not as rich and intense as I like my blacks but it’s not too bad. I swatched a few other shades and textures…

Most are pretty sheer and will require a ton of packing on to appear vibrant on the eyes. My experience with NYX eyeshadow palettes are that the shadows are typically just so so. In fact, that’s the case with a lot of eyeshadows from those all-in-one palettes. Even after doing some swatching, I ended up with quite a bit of fall-out….

But again, if you don’t mind putting some elbow grease in applying these shadows, you can definitely crank out some nice looks with them. Skippin’ on over to the right are the mini eye shadow primers and eyeliners.

I mean, honestly…I have neeeever seen such an eyeliner so small. It’s adorable!

It’s perfect for the palette but I’ll definitely be throwing it in my travel tote. It’s a really nice eyeliner too. Applies easily and lasts longer than I thought it would.

Then there’s the eyeshadow base…

It’s a bit creamier than I like ’em and unfortunately my eyelids don’t play nicely to creamy bases.

The blushes and highlighters are phenomenal. They’re super pigmented and long-lasting. Two of ’em look a lot like NARS’ Orgasm and Albatross. And they’re really nice dupes if I do say so myself.

And last but not least, the lippies. Very rarely do beauty aficionados get excited about lip products in palettes. They usually require having to use a lip brush and let’s face it, many of us would rather apply a lipstick, or gloss with a brush or doe foot applicator. But these lip colors are REALLY nice. Really really nice.

So yeah, for $25, this palette is fierce. While the shadows are so so, the blushes are nice, lippies are superb and I’m in love with the teeny tiny eyeliner. Dark Shadows fans or not, this is definitely a palette you may want to check out. Especially if you’ve been yearning for some new products but don’t want to break the bank.

Snag it from NYXCosmetics.com.

Sooooo, yay or nay to vampires?

I’m your resident JOHNSON’S BABY Care Council member!

The ambassadorships keep rolling in and I couldn’t be happier. With Clumps of Mascara turning 5 years old next month, I’ve really wanted to step my game up outside the blog with brand opportunities and the hard work is payin’ off. Woot! I am officially a JOHNSON’s BABY Care Council member alongside 14 other phenomenal bloggers.

I know, I know I don’t have any bebes yet but whatev…who hasn’t used JOHNSON’s Baby Powder for beauty uses? Um yahhhh.

Most recently, new Mom Hilary Duff (OMG, Lizzie McQuire is all growed up!) has partnered with JOHNSON’S BABY to help with one of the first JOHNSON’S BABY CARES program initiatives — the assembly, donation and distribution of thousands of JOHNSON’S Baby “Care Kits”. These kits will provide families with baby care essentials immediately during and after disasters.

Sweet, right? I’m very happy to be a part of a brand that does good deeds. Stay tuned for more news of my JOHNSON’S BABY Cares Council member duties. Next month we’ll be heading to New Jersey for an official business meeting and of course I’ll be tweetin’ away.

 

Oh! Before I go – by purchasing any JOHNSON’S Baby product at retail stores with a $0.50 cent coupon between now and June 10, 2012, JOHNSON’S Baby will donate $0.25 cents to Save the Children. You can get more deets about the awesome things JOHNSON’s is doing by visiting their Facebook page.

You can help by simply viewing the ‘You’re Doing OK Mom’ video on the JOHNSON’S® Baby YouTube Page. When they reaches 500,000 views, the brand will donate an additional $50,000 to Save the Children. Go to the JOHNSON’S® Baby Facebook Page to learn more about it.

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. 😀 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?

 

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
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