A great body scrub for when the sand at the beach isn’t available….

Did I tell y’all I went to the Bahamas a few weeks ago? Yep! Esposo and I took a quick 3-day cruise to one of my favorite islands. Too bad we didn’t get to do much because sooooomeone hurt himself after falling off of a scooter. The other someone has been playing nurse ever since. Womp.

I’m a Florida girl who loves beaches. For many reasons but primarily because the sand is so exfoliating. Yep. You heard correctly. I mix sand and water and exfoliate my feet, legs and hands right on the beach. I should probably be embarrassed about admitting this, but I’m not.

Since I couldn’t get my beach scrubbin’ on, I’ve been playin’ around with Pooka Pure & Simple’s Sugar Body Polish.

Oh girl. This is the bomb dot com.

Not all scrubs are the same, ya know. Some are great for exfoliating but in return they can leave the skin a bit rough. Which totally defeats the point of scrubbing, right? Pooka Pure & Simple’s Sugar Body Polish has cane sugar and coconut oil so I can get my scrub on and moisturize at the same time. It’s wonderful. Pomegrante and kiwi are two of my favorite fruits so the fragrance is definitely up my alley. But can I be honest? I’d love this just as much if it was fragrance-free.

Bits of kiwi seed greet me at each handful…

…and after sloughing away the dead skin cells, I am left with super soft and moisturized skin. The 12 oz tub goes for $20 and Pooka Pure & Simple also has Coconut Crunch and Guava Berry scents as well.

Yes girl. Yes. You can pick up a tub here.

A fan of body scrubs are you, darlings?

Mascara Mash-up: The best, the worst, the up & coming and your recs!

Wanna know a secret? Sometimes I don’t want to wear mascara. Actually – that’s not really a secret. I’m probably the only beauty blogger that doesn’t regularly beautify. I mean – even getting me to put on eye shadow has become a feat these days. What can I say? I love writing about makeup and playing in makeup but wearing makeup? Meh. Sometimes I’d rather not.

I’m giving my lashes a break this week and so instead of Mascara Monday, I’d doing a mascara mash-up. Below are some of the best, worst and most interesting mascaras that I’ve reviewed in the past few weeks. I’ll show you what reviews you can look forward to and the comment section is open to your mascara suggestions. Yep yep! If there’s a mascara that you think I should try and review, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Hollerssss!!!!

The Hotties

-e.l.f. Studio mascara primer – What’s not to love about a mascara primer that costs a whopping $3?

-Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara – Fiber mascaras are the hottest things on the beauty markets these days and it was great to find a drugstore one that actually performed nicely.

 

The So So

-Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara – This $50 mascara is costly and fragrant but for me it was just…okay.

-Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara – This baby gets an A+ for unique packaging but the teeny tiny wand and underwhelming formula gave it an overall C.

 

The Memorable

-Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara – Not only was it a good mascara but it marked the 150th mascara review on Clumps of Mascara. Woo hooo!!

 

The Shocking

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara – Could it be? Did Revlon really have a mascara that didn’t make me gag? This is like….a first!!

Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer – Because have you ever really heard of a lash lacquer before?

-COVERGIRL Lash Blast 24HR mascara – Wait. A mascara that lasts for 24 hours? How is this even possible.

 

Schoolin’ Ya

How To Apply Fiber Mascara Effectively – An expert post by a fellow beauty blogger.

 

The upcoming mascara reviews….

 


Want me to review a mascara? Let me know in the comments! Please keep in mind that because I only have 1 one set of eyelashes, I can only review the highly requested and fairly new mascaras on the market.

Have a fabuuuuulous Monday!

Palette Lovin': Oooh, Milani…I loooove this palette.

It’s Friiiiiday! Y’all have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m not much of a complainer but devoting 40 hours a week to a job is hard yo. It’s draining and often seeps my creativity and so I long for the weekends. Weekends rock because the time is mine and I can do whatever I want.

For the most part. 8)

Anyhoovers, in honor of the freakin’ weekend, I am featuring an eyeshadow palette from Milani Cosmetics that is soooooo hooooot. Say hi to RUNWAY EYES Fashion shadows palette in Primary.

She fine, ain’t she?

While Milani has released several of these palettes, this one may very well be one of my favorites because of the color variety. You get a little  bit of everything.

Aaaand, let’s face it, I love anything that follow the red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple rainbow color scheme. This palette goes for $8.99 and I suppose that’s a decent price considering you’re getting so many shadows.

Pro’s
-Totable and portable. You can throw this in your purse and keep on truckin’.
-Shadows are sheer but can become intensified when used wet.
-Long lasting. With a base, these shadows lasted all day on my oily lids
-Shadows REALLY pop over a colorful base like a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or MAC Paintpot.

Con’s
-Because the shadows are in long thin lines, it’s tricky using an eyeshadow brush to pick up color. I ended up accidentally dipping in the orange shadow when I wanted yellow. Womp.
-The yellow is super frosty and probably my least favorite.

Swatches…

I love the dimensions of the purple-ish shade.

I cranked out a look using the yellow on the lid and orange and red in my outer-V up into the crease.

Say not a word about the the smudge of mascara on the lid. In fact, let’s pretend like you didn’t see it. Ha! The yellow doesn’t look too bad once on the lid but it still isn’t my favorite shade. These are a lot more fun when used wet but if you can’t be bothered to do wet your brush, you can still get nice and sheer work appropriate looks using this palette.

And even if you don’t like it for the lids, just hold on to it to look at. It’s so darn pretty. You should be seeing these

Okay, darlings – off I go. This weekend should be a fun one. I’ll be doing an event with Chevy and some other bloggers in Orlando. Follow the #ChevyOrlando hashtag on Twitter for deets. And I’ll be blogging too. I am so behind on blogging, y’all.

Have an amazing weekeneeeeend!

Bliss Rubberizing Mask. I know…weird, uh?

When it comes to at-home masks, I’ve tried it all. I’ve made my own and I’ve purchased a whoooole ‘lot too. From the clay masks to the masks that taste good enough to eat, I’ve come across one that is blowing mind. It’s a rubberizing mask.

And no. I couldn’t make this up.

Bliss’ Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing mask is perhaps one of the most innovative face masks I’ve EVER come across. It’s cool, weird, fun and creepy all at the same time.

 

According to Sephora.com “This straight-from-the-spa mask provides an absorption-enhancing rubber texture to deliver bright and healthy skin. It fends off free radicals, calms skin, and helps even out skin’s tone and texture, leaving a vibrant and refreshed-looking complexion.”

Well, um okay. I’ve never had a mask promise that it would fend off free radicals but alriiiiighty then. And unlike other masks, this one does not come packaged and ready to go. After popping open the box, out tumbled 6 packets of powder-y solution…

And wooden stir thingies…

A plastic scoop also flew out and according to the instructions I was to pour some water in that cup along with the powder-y solution.

And then stir until it created a paste…

Beautiful, uh? Now what’s in this concoction, you ask?

A whole bunch of ingredients I can’t pronounce, that’s for sure. But on a good note, the paste felt suuuuper cooling.

I couldn’t waiiiiit to slather it all over my skin.

Oooopey goopey goodness. 15-20 minutes later and it got all rubber-y and was ready to remove…

My skin afterwards…

Pro’s
-The cooling sensation this masks gives is just amaziiiiiing. It felt so good going on.
-Removing was fun! Because some parts of the mask didn’t remove easily, I ended up having to wipe the rest off with a warm washcloth.
-It didn’t dry out my skin.
-My skin felt smoother immediately after removing mask.
-I like mixing and stirring action that takes place before applying the mask.

Con’s
-The fragrance was too strong. This is the kind of mask that would have been just fine if it were fragrance-free.
-I didn’t notice any significant changes in my skin other than the softness.
-It’s a fun mask but isn’t all that effective if you’re looking to target something specific.

At $38 for 6 packets at Sephora, I would say this one expensive mask. The box mentions that is best used once a week so if you used it weekly, you’d only get a good month and a half usage out of it. But still, it’s one the most fun masks I’ve ever used and I’ll definitely be saving the remaining packets for Girls’ Night In.

Whatcha think? Are rubberized masks too gimicky or kinda cool?

Amor de Lacquer: Nicole by O.P.I. Kardashian Kolors Spring collection


Ooooh la laaaa, pretty new polishes from the Kardashian Kolors line. There are 7 of these and they look to be perfect for Spring and Summer. I spy a vampy and while vampy shades are typically worn around the Fall and Winter seasons, why says you can’t rock ‘em in April? Woot! Oh, and I know nothing about the Kardashian clan, y’all. I’m not a fan of much reality TV. I like before’s and after’s but following peoples’ lives is quite the snooze fest to me. But anywhoovers, let’s get on with the polishes.

Paparazzi Don’t Preach is a pinky peach that has more rose to it than my camera is showing you. I actually really like it. I don’t have anything like this in my collection so this color was quite the treat. It pops nicely against my skin, uh? It took a good 3 coats for this polish to apply with an opaque finish.

Ladies In The Limelight is a yellow-lime that is quite reminiscent of others shades. It’s not as green as OPI’s Who The Shrek Are You and since OPI’s Did It On ‘Em is a dead ringer for Who The Shrek Are You, it isn’t quite a dupe for Ladies In The Limelight either. I like this one better. It’s brighter and better and doesn’t look like barf. Which is always a good thing. Woot!

 

One Big Happy Fame-ily is a lavender shimmer and it’s all dainty and girly. I wasn’t head over heels in love with this shade but it’s pretty enough.


Back To Reality T.V. is a periwinkle with hot pink shimmer. It is awesooooome. I can’t put my finger on the Zoya polish it reminds me of, but man, this baby is pretty. If I wasn’t obsessed with polishing my nails daily, I could see myself rolling with this one for a while.

Strike A Pose is one bright orange-y coral. It’s gorgeous! It’s soooooo bright. Which is good thing considering I just adore bright colors on my toes. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright has the cutest name ever. It’s a pretty pink. Nothing you probably haven’t seen before but it’s the norm to have a pink in Spring collections. I’m just glad this one is brighter than most. 

Smile for the Glam-era is a deep and rich plum with subtle shimmer. I actually wore this one TWICE this week just because I didn’t want to take it off. I love the idea of wearing vampy polishes in “not vampy polish” season. And while I applied 3 coats, this baby was ready for a top coat after the 2nd coat. I love how opaque it is. 

Must Have’s:
-Paparazzi Don’t Preach: Don’t knock this shade yo. It is amaziiiiiing. Especially for days when you want a lil’ something without overdoing it.
-Back To Reality T.V. Just because it’s sooooo unique.
-Strike A Pose. This shade is popppppiiiiin’!

I applied 3 coats for each of these polishes and didn’t use a top coat. I’m impressed. While some of the shades are repeats (i.e. Ladies In The Limelight and Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright), the others are nice and not so predictable for Spring. These go for $7.99 and they are exclusive to CVS locations nationwide.

See any you like?

 

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

True Story: My friend launched her own lipstick line.

Gather ’round, ya’ll. I got a quick story to tell you.

Once upon a time I met this fabulous makeup artist.
She was really nice.
And talented.
We became friends.
Then she started a blog.
And then she launched her own lipstick line.

I can’t even say “The End” because my girl, Safia Michelle of LipstickMixtapes.com is on such an upward moving incline, that she is bound to be on the cover of magazines. Oh wait. She’s done that too. I have this love for bragging about people. Especially about modest people. Anyway – okay. I’ll focus.

Safia recently launched the Lipstick Mixtapes collection. I’ll be sure to take pictures of all of the shades but I wanted her to pick out two of her favorites from the collection.

Say ‘Hi’ to Elyte and Esther.

Ahhh yes, I could not have asked for a better pair. Elyte is a blue-toned red and Esther is a rose-tinted neutral. Perfect picks!


Elyte….

Now we all know how much much I love a good red lipstick. This one gives life, honey! It also has a bit of a berry finish to it that I can appreciate


And then there’s Esther. I’ve never actually worn a nude like that. In fact, I don’t wear many nudes period. Which is a plum shame because um, uh…how do I say this without sounding cocky? Well…I kinda dig the way I look in this nude lippy. And darn me for not having given them many chances before. To show the true color of Esther, I used different lighting.


Like I do with all lipsticks, I used a balm underneath them to prevent drying. Wear time is average and I re-applied after a good 4-5 hours.

I’m so proud of my girl Safia and I will forever be a super fan of the brand Lipstick Mixtapes. Support indie brands and scoop up one of her shades. I’ve got my eyes on the hot pink Grindtime and the deep red The Blood next.

While Safia wanted to give me these to review, I felt better purchasing them from her. If you do end up purchasing from Lipstick Mixtapes, tell her B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

Mascara Monday : Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara

There is a first time for everything. And that’s what I love about life. While sitting in a comfort zone ain’t always a bad thing – taking a walk on the wild side can be exhilarating. That said, this is my first time reviewing a Guerlain mascara. This is a big deal because Guerlain is such a luxury brand. One that I’ve always had a crush on. And while this mascara may be pricey, honey…using it was an experience. I feel so refined now. I know. I’m so dramatic.

Hold on…I think Hollywood is calling.


Price:$49 at Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This innovative mascara combines the extravagant luxury of a mirrored jewel case with a do-it-all formula that adds volume, lengthens, and curls. Black Pigments create perfectly defined eyes without any risk of smearing, smudging, or clumping. A fortifying agent helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for fortification and lash growth. Noir G goes one step further in creativity with its refillable applicator, making it convenient and easy to switch to a new wand as soon as you need it.” (source)

The Truth: I just….I can’t find the words.

What I Loved About It: This packaging is like a piece of jewelry. It’s amazing!

What I Didn’t Like: The fragrance. Thankfully it dissipated after application.

Overall: Before you get to griping about how much this mascara is, remember that there are folx who don’t mind dropping close to $50 on mascaras. The same goes for clothes, shoes and purses. Makeup, for many, is like an accessory and if making hefty investments in cosmetics is your thang, I say go for it! I will be reviewing this mascara based on its performance not on the premise of “OMG, it’s so expensive.” bit. Sound good?

That said, before I even pulled out the wand, I was impressed with the mascara’s feel.

It really feels more like a piece of jewelry than a mascara. It’s heavy so it probably won’t be great for toting around but for keeping on your beauty boudoir? It’s the perfect piece. The wand though? Meh.


It’s not the best wand I’ve ever seen but it isn’t the worse either. What makes the wand tricky to use is the mascara’s thick formula. This mascara’s formula reminds me of the formula of a mascara that has gone bad. Instead of it being fluid, it’s thick and it takes some swirling around in the tube to pick up enough mascara to get through the lashes. I actually prefer thinner formulas because I feel like they allow for build-ablility and can lessen the chance of clumping.

Luckily, the mascara didn’t give me clumps. Buuuut after 2 coats of mascara it gave me heavy matte lashes. Matte lashes are better than crunchy lashes but I found that hours after wear, the mascara started to flake away. No bueno.

While it lasted, it looked good. Not great. Not amazing. But good.

Oh! And there’s one more thing you should know about this mascara. It has a fragrance to it. It almost smells like a perfume. It  doesn’t stink. And while it was pleasant, I could have done without it. The smell dissipates after application but leave it to Guerlain to give you some “umph” in your mascara, uh?

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If your wallet can handle it and you’re looking for something extra fancy, I’d give this one a try. I did expect more because of the price point. The good news is, if you find yourself loooooving this mascara, you can buy the refill for $26. Which is a whole ‘lot better than having to pay another $49.

What say you? Is this mascara one you think you’d want to try?

 


3 Beauty Treatments I Realllly Want To Do

You gals know how I am. As much as I looooove makeup, it’s really skincare that’s my first love. What comes next is a statement that I promise you’ll never hear me say (err, write) ever again. In a sense, having adult acne is a blessing because it has allowed to realize just how important my skin is. Yeah – I know. I just used “acne” and “blessing” in the same sentence. I promise this Florida heat hasn’t driven me mad.

What I mean is…I really care about my skin. Despite the adult acne, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, dermatitis, eczema and childhood scars, I really take pride in my skin. Which sounds crazy, but come on…considering it covers MOST of my body, how can I not love the skin that I’m in? Lately I’ve been dabbling around with the idea of treating my skin to luxurious treatments and I’ve narrowed down three that I want to plan to have this year.

Algae Body Treatment

Okay, I proooomise I didn’t make this one up. And I know it sounds weird and icky but if you’ve ever read a description of what an algae body treatment entails, I guarantee you, you’d be tossing your pennies over to a spa. Quite frankly, the thought of being covered in seaweed and relaxing while the seaweed goes to work to not only draw out toxins from my skin but ALSO provide moisture, sounds just divine. I’d attempt to do this at home, but honestly…how much algae can you gather from the ocean before you start to look like a creep?

Microdermabrasion

I’ve only had one facial in my entire life and while I don’t feel so inclined to have another one (it huuuurt!), I would totally do microdermabrasion. I exfoliate regularly, but microdermabrasion is like exfoliating to the 10th power. In a good way, of course. A good microdermabrasion treatment removes those dead skin cells and can reveal baby soft smooth skin for days and weeks at a time. Sign me up, yo! And while microdermabrasion can be a bit on the pricey side, I do like the fact that there are plenty of products on the market that can allow me to do microdermabrasion at home. Score! You can find a great selection of these products online, at retailers like ShopNBC.

Paraffin Wax Hand Treatment

Oooh how I’d love nothing more than super smooth hands. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure that I have ‘em. Because I find them uncomfortable, I don’t wear gloves when I lift weights at the gym aaaand so I’ve got blistered up gym hands.

Unsexy, I know. And despite my obsession of regularly moisturizing my hands, my hands still aren’t as soft as I’d like them to be. Regular dips into a tub of hot parrafin wax would do my hands some good. Mama Clumps used to have one back in the day. Maybe I’ll go rummaging in her garage to look for it the next time I visit. :wink:

What about you? Any spa treatments that you’d drop your pennies on? Facials, scrubs, body wraps? Or how about pedicures where little fish eat your dead skin cells?

Anyone?

 

*This is a partnered post brought to you by ShopNBC, but all opinions are my own.