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.

Neutrogena Naturals skincare is awesoooome!

Guess whaaaat? I’ve been testing a new skincare brand and my face hasn’t gone loco. Which is a HUGE deal. I’m pretty dedicated to the same skincare products. When they work, I keep using them. But at the same time I love reviewing skincare products soooooo yeah. I’m such a walking contradiction, uh?

When I was approached with the opportunity to test drive some Neutrogena Naturals products I was like, “Haaaay!”  Any time a huge brand says they’ve gone natural, I feel like it’s my duty to check ’em out. Fo reals.

While I got to dilly and dally in the whole collection, these 4 are my absolute favorites.

The Purifying Facial Cleanser

Ah yessss. When it comes to cleansers, I feel simple is best. Which is why I really loved this one. And what’s the first ingredient on the list?

Water. My skin thanks you for this, Neutrogena. I’ve got normal skin that leans on the dry side so the added dose of moisture from the glycerin helped tremendously. I still get pimples every 2.3 hours and so the Willowbark acting as a natural salicylic acid was niiiiice. This is such a nice and gentle cleanser. While I’d be okay without fragrance, what little bit I did I get wasn’t too overpowering. The cleanser really DOES cleanse. It would probably be more suitable for those with oilier skin but I enjoy using it anyway. And I’m all for clear cleansers.

Creamier ones aren’t up my alley. And if it’s scrubs that you really like…you’ll love this one.

Purifying Face Scrub

I only use face scrubs once a week or so. I’m impressed with this one. The fragrance mimics the cleanser and it’s a bit on the creamier side with nice itty bitty micro-beads.

They do an effective job at scrubbing so long as you put in a little elbow grease. And once you’ve busted suds and you’re ready to put some moisture back in the skin, you’ve got 2 options. You can go with Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer or the Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream.

By day I roll with the Nourishing Moisturizer.

I know when it comes to facial moisturizers, everyooooone has different needs. There’s so much to take into consideration. Will this moisturizer work well with my foundation? Does it have SPF? Is it thick enough? Is it too thick? Is it oily? Is it pore clogging? When it comes to daytime moisturizers, I just need TWO things. 1. I need for it to contain SPF. I live in Florida. 2. I need it to lightweight and gentle. Because, yeah…while my skin is dry after cleansing, I sweat profusely (do I get a cookie for being honest?) and thicker day creams don’t do much for me. This day cream got 1 out of 2 points. I so wish there was a bit of SPF in it. But the silky smooth and gentle formula made up for it.

Yep. It sinks right into my skin without giving me an oily or greasy feeling.

Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream

I never understood the point of night creams but I don’t know…age is making me a wee bit wiser because now I totally get it. This cream provides the same silky smooth feeling except it’s just a wee bit thicker. Which works! It feels decadent and creamy and seemed to work really well with my skin.

I actually look forward to slathering this on at night because ohmigoodness, it just feel SO nice.

Neutrogena Naturals also has a Fresh Cleansing Makeup Remover, Face & Body Bar and a Lip Balm. All of the products are free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes and phthalates. Huge, right? If you’ve been looking to green up your skincare regimen, you should totally glance at Neutrogena Naturals.

And speaking of natural living, through Glam Media, I received a bag of eco-friendly natural goodies including a set of Organic Bamboo cooking spoons…

AND, something I’ve been lusting after fo’eva!

A Bobble; the reusable water bottle that filters water by using carbon. Instead of purchasing water bottles, I’ve been using a filter but when I’m out and about and don’t feel so inclined to gag while drinking Orlando’s water (if you’ve tasted it…you know what I mean), I tote the Bobble with me. Genius, I say!

I’m not perfect but I really try to make an effort to live naturally. How?

-I moved closer to my job. Less gas for me and less pollution for Mother Nature.
-I stopped buying water bottles and use reusable bottles.
-I use one killer multiple purpose soap. It not only cleanses face and body but my dishes, clothes and floors.
-I recycle.

Whether it’s greening up your skincare or using eco-friendly products, greener is always better, darlings. Have you spied Neutrogena Naturals in your drugstores?

 

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Neutrogena via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neutrogena.”

 

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes
essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier,
younger-looking skin. It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or
phthalates.

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential
skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This
nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness,
leaving it naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future. It contains no
harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

 

Pretty Polishes: Nail-Venturous Sunny Floam

While the mainstream brands are coming out with some pretty dope collections this season, the indie nail polish world is blowing up. And by indie, I mean nail polish enthusiasts and bloggers who start creating their own polishes. And these indie polishes don’t even attempt to recreate what’s already been done before. Most of the polishes I’ve come across of shades and finishes that are simply mind blowing.

Like Nail-Venturous’ Sunny Floam.

Ah-mazing, right? You remember the moldable stuff back in the 90’s, don’t you? I never thought I’d see it again. And now it’s on my nails.

My cuticles are a hot mess right now so please try to see past them. This is one awesome polish. It’s a glitter bomb so removal is a PITA but it’s nothing the foil method can’t help with. The original Floam polish (as well as this one) has yet to be re-released. But cross your fingers and keep your eyes out on Ninja Polish and the Nail-Venturous Facebook page. I managed to grab Sunny Floam, Robin Laid An Egg and Humblee; all which happen to be some of the best glitter polishes I’ve ever owned.

In….sane.

Mascara Monday: Milani Total Lash Cover mascara

One of my beauty BFFs has two new mascaras hitting the scene and I’ll be reviewin’ both of ’em. First up is this gal. And oh my words…the wand on this mascara may just have you gasping in horror. Or gasping in ________ (insert a great antonym for horror). Which sounds insanely dramatic, I know, but come on…what’s a mascara review without some dramatics? Yeeeeuuuuuh!

Price: $7.79 on CherryCulture.com 
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Mascara with 3 zone brush. 3 Zoned Brush applicator provides multi-performance zones: Zone 1: DEFINE inner & outer lashes, Zone 2: BUILD center lashes, Zone 3: CURL comb applicator, Non-clumping. Long-lasting, comfortable wear.” (source)

The Truth: ZOMG! This wand is scary!

What I Loved About It: It’s a rich and super black mascara. If you can avoid it the clumping, one coat should be just fine.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is too large and in charge and it makes applying difficult.

Overall: I can’t believe this is my first Milani mascara review. Lame, uh? What a way to start the day because I am actually really in love with the packaging of this kid. And despite its curves, I can actually appreciate the hefty wand….


Until it makes its way to my lashes. I’ve used several (okay, more like 150+) mascaras and this one is definitely one of the most interesting. I kinda dig how pretty the wand is when their isn’t mascara on it.

But man is it somethin’ else WITH mascara. The concept makes sense to me. Define, Build and Curl. Cool. But execution is something else and if you don’t have a stead hand, you may run into some problems with this bad boy. For one, because the wand is so large and gets coated with so much mascara, application gets tricky. Especially if you have super short lashes like me. While I managed to coat my lashes evenly, it was no easy feat. Attempting to not get mascara on the lower lashline was tough. But once I got the mascara on the lashes, it gave me a good amount of volume and length. Curl? Meh. But you know how I feel about mascaras that say they “curl” lashes. I think the curling action comes more from technique than actual formula. But of course, that’s just my theory. What do I know?

I managed to push it to the limit and get a good 3 coats on my lashes, but it was time-consuming. The large wand and my short lashes don’t work well together. Formula-wise, the formula is a bit on the thicker side. Ya gotta be careful with those thick mascaras as they tend to flake throughout the day. Such was the case with this baby. The flaking wasn’t horrible but if I went to rub my eyes, I’d rub away a bit of the mascara away too. Womp.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If you can get past the weird wand and semi-flaky formula, this isn’t a half bad mascara. It just didn’t work well with my special needs lashes. :(

Yo Milani lovers?! Have you tried this mascara yet?


Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge? I’m in!

Outside of mascara, one of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “B, how do you keep your skin nice and clear?”

My response usually begins with somethin’ like “Girl please…” Veteran Clumps readers know about the horror that is my skin. They’ve seen the bad, the worse and the Is this girl in her 20’s or is she a pimply-faced 16-year old?. Yeah. My skin is a piece of work and keeping it clear is a lifestyle. One that I spend a lot of time (ahem…and sometimes money) on. But I’m not mad. My face is what everyone sees and I take pride in maintaining a rigorously effective skincare regimen.

How does Eucerin fit in? The well-known brand has tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d like to participate in a Healthy Skin Challenge with a handful of other bloggers. Heck yah! I said. I’ll be taking you up close and personal with my pores. You’re excited, aren’t you? You should be because this challenge will also bring about giveaways for you guys ‘n gals. Yuuuup. Each month I’ll be presenting a new Call to Action and you’ll posts and pics of what’s working for my skin.

I’m exciiiiiiited. Obviously, right? Stay tuuuuned.

Disclaimer: My Healthy Skin Challenge posts are sponsored by Eucerin. But guess what? I keeps it real. All opinions are my own. *snaps in Z formation*