Cleanin’ pretty with Nuance Salma Hayek’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Did y’all know the gorgeous Salma Hayek had a line at CVS Pharmacy? I didn’t! Aaaand, did you know the collection primarily consists of paraben-free products? Of course that reason is why I am already so in love with the brand. I’ve got my hands on a few of the products but first up, I’ll be showcasing the amazing Detoxifying Facial Cleansing & Toning Towelettes.

These are just wonderful. Especially for lazy biddies like me who want to wash their faces at night but don’t feel like going through the whole ‘turn the water on, lather up, massage, rinse and dry’ thing. Don’t get me wrong. Washing the face is ALWAYS a must but I love these towelette alternatives. And since these have so many claims, well…I expected a lot.

What the towelettes say they’ll do:

Cleanse and soothe the skin in one step with a gentle blend of Quillaja Extract, Chamomile and Citric Acid, balanced to remove impurities, soften and moisturize.

Packaging-wise, I think the 25 pre-moistened towelettes for $7.99 is a pretty good deal. I do wish they would have rounded off to 30 though. That way, at least you’d have a month worth of towelettes.

Opening, closing and removing towelettes is easy enough.

I love that there is sturdy plastic cover. Many brands have stickers on their facial towelettes and while they may work, they often dry the towelettes out quicker. This top will ensure that the cleanser stays ON the towelette without drying up.

For a second, I thought that these would be great for removing makeup too, but nope…stick with cleansing the skin. These are nice and cotton-y but also lint-ty. Which is great for removing concealer, foundation and the day’s dirt from the skin but not for removing mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Your best bet is to thoroughly remove eye makeup before using these.

Ingredients-wise, I can so appreciate how these are paraben and alcohol-free.

I do take the term “Non-irritating” with a grain of salt though. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products, ya know?

Pro’s

-Perfect for traveling, overnight bags or for keeping at your desk or in your car for quick “I need to refresh my face” fixes.
-Wipe stays moistened long enough to clean the face…and neck. 8)
-Feels REALLY good and my dry skin doesn’t feel all tight afterwards.
-Oh yeah…it’s paraben-free. Y’all know how much I appreciate paraben-free products.

Con’s

-The fragrance of these is a little strong for me. I definitely wish they were fragrance-free. I’d love them so much more. Buuuut, the fragrance definitely doesn’t linger so that’s a good thing.
-Because they are a bit linty, you want to avoid the eye area to prevent lint from falling into the eyes.

Overall: I really like these. They are the perfect addition to the other Nuance Salma Hayek items. I so think all makeup lovin’ guys and gals should keep facial towelettes on hands. Not just for those lazy days but also for cleaning up brushes quickly. I loves ‘em.

Are you a fan of cleansing towelettes?

Amor de Lacquer: Butter London Spring/Summer collection

It’s official. Butter London is my favorite higher-end nail polish brand. Yes, I love Deborah Lippman, Dior, Chanel and the rest of ‘em but when it comes to packaging, polish names, formula and overall brand uniqueness…Butter London wins.

I love everything about this collection. And I love how every polish has a story behind it. Check this out…

Bossy Boots is an opaque light pistachio green. The definition for this slang word is a derogatory name for someone who is pushy or bossy, (usually reserved for children). I call it wonderful! This baby gave intense pigment with only 2 coats. It’s not the most unique shade in the collection but it’s still purty.

Disco Biscuit is a tropical hot pink with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles. What they forgot to leave out is that is also contains neon blue specs. See!

It’s one of the coolest pink polishes I own. I used 3 coats for it and it dries to a dull finish so you’ll have to wear a top coat over it. It also works beautifully as a top coat over another pink polish. Or check this…a purple polish.

Trout Pout is an opaque shade of cantaloupe, pale and retro. It’s cruel slang for a woman who has “over done” the collagen in her lips, leaving her with a rather fishy face. See why I love Butter London? Every polish has a story. And you know what? I am so over hating coral polishes. I think – I think – I think I’m starting to love them.



Knackered is a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles. The Brit definition of it? To be tired or exhausted. “Wow, you look knackered. What did you get up to last night?!” This polish is heavenly. Sure, it took me 4 coats to get an opaque finish but it is such an interesting shade. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Knackered blurred out…

And Knackered up close…

Slapper is a truly teal lacquer, bold and very bright. Aaaaaand of course my camera can not capture its awesomeness. It’s Brit-speak for ”slut”. ‘Bout sums that up, uh? Ha! This is a super bright teal. I mean, bright! It’ll stain the nails too. Even with a base coat. But if you like teals, you’ll love this one.

 

Must Haves:
-Disco Biscuit. Because this pink will be perfect for summer.
-Knackered. Chances are you haven’t seen a shade with cool and unusual.

The formula of these were great. I never have a problem with Butter London’s polishes. I used 2 coats for all except Disco Biscuit and Knackered. I used 4 coats for those babies. You can grab these from Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com (that’s what I did – free shipping!) and ButterLondon.com for $14 a bottle.

How cool is this collection? Which one is your fave?

 

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

My first Bobbi Brown lipstick. I’m such a big girl!

Every beauty lover has those brands that they REALLY love but don’t try many of their products. I’m that way about Sleep Makeup and Guerlain. Be it lack of availability or price, it kinda bugs me that I can’t play around with these brands more. Add Bobbi Brown to that list.

Okay yeah. BB is here in the states but those prices are just a little too steep for moi. The packaging of the products are just so so and only every now and then do the collections make me swoon. A few weeks ago, I was visiting some gal pals in Tampa Bay. We ventured into Macy’s and found our way at the Bobbi Brown makeup counter. We were swatchin’ and proddin’ when I came across the beautiful Cosmic Raspberry.

How did I miss when this baby launched last year? I love everything about this bright pink fuchsia. I mean, what’s not to love about a bright pink that looks stunning WITHOUT a lipliner?

Very rarely can I find a bright lippie that compliments my complexion without bringing TOO much attention to my lips.

$21 later Cosmic Raspberry was mine. Not a huge dent in my wallet. Plus it’s gorg.


So yeah. Even though I’m a drugstore lover, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on the higher end stuff every now and then.

Any Bobbi Brown lover in the house?

Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Captivated and Seduction

It’s easier to love a brand when you know the founder. Having met Maria of Cult Nails twice, I am just even more enamored with her mission and passion behind Cult Nails. And her ability to connect with her fans is just superb. Maria rocks and she’s totally one my sheros.

Maria gifted the gals of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group with two premium nail polishes. Captivated is has been re-released and Seduction will debut in the upcoming Divas & Drama collection. Both are fantastic and both are ones that you’ll WANT to snag sooner rather than later. Trust me on this. Because both polishes are sheer, I layered them over solid creme polishes.

Seduction is in a purple/red sheer jelly base with red, blue and pink iridescent flakes. It is amaziiiiiing!

 Cult Nails does flakies beautifully. And this one is no different. Seduction is layered over a dark purple polish but the purple in the polish appears a bit blue in the sun after the flakies hit it. Which is cool. Look how majestic this looks…

Amazing, right? Then there’s Captivated. This baby took my breath away…

Dear heavens I love Captivated. I applied two coats of it over an orange creme and it just MADE the manicure. I should have tried Captivated solo as it probably could look like a shimmery jelly polish. I’m so confused as to what the golden specs that reside in Captivated are. They aren’t glitter and they aren’t flakies. I don’t know what they are but this bright tangerine is just stunning. So glad Maria brought this one back.

Both retail for $10 and can be purchased at CultNails.com. For now, Seduction can only be purchased in the Divas & Drama collection.

Whatcha think? Are these polishes not amazing or what?

Mascara Monday: e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer

It’s e.l.f.! I haven’t reviewed anything from my favorite brand in quite some time and so I figured it was time to hop to it. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about their mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer that works as well as the higher-priced ones. Yep. And this is why e.l.f. rules.

Price: $3 at EyesLipsFace.com and Target stores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Lengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!” (source)

The Truth: Always wanted a mascara primer and didn’t want to drop pennies on one worth more than $10? This one is sooooo worth your $3.

What I Loved About It: This baby really helps thicken lashes quickly.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand doesn’t suck but getting into those inner corners sucks just a bit.

Overall: Primers, primers, primers….do ya need ‘em? I guess it’s a personal thing. As a mascara junkie, I always like to keep a good primer on hand. And considering e.l.f.’s is so affordable and does a REALLY good job, I’d go with this one. It’s hard to review primers because on one hand I feel like they are all so similar. Except for the wands…


The wand for this one is just okay. Getting the corner lashes is tricky but if you accidentally get some primer on your lower lashline, it’s no biggie. You can simply wipe it off and keep on truckin’. That’s the best thing about primers…they do REALLY good at “prepping” the lashes for the mascara. This primer lengthened my lashes and bulked them up a bit and by the time I came through with the mascara, the lashes were already voluminous.

Another great thing about primers is that they make it so that you don’t need to wear more than one coat of mascara. While I normally feel the need to wear 2-3 coats of mascara, this primer gave me the look I was looking for with only 1 coat of mascara. Score! And while 2-3 coats of mascara would normally leave my lashes brittle – the primer kept them softer. Not that I NEED soft lashes but it was a nice little perk.

Do you need a primer? Not really. Especially if you’re okay with how your mascara performs. But if you’d like to push it to the limit to see if the mascara can be enhanced, this $3 primer is worth a try.

 

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 1 coat of primer

 

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

 

Lashes to the left are just 2 coats of mascara. Lashes to the right have primer and 2 coats of mascara.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure. But only if you want to try something new.

Are you a fan of primers or do you find them a bit pointless?

Pretty Polishes: Sally Hansen Smooth + Perfect polishes

Lately I’ve been letting my nails breathe a bit. It’s a necessity for gals like me who polish her nails at least 5-7 times a week. My poor nails take a beating. Not as bad as they were when I was wearing acrylic and gel nails (never again, yo) but I believe in going nail polish free often so that my nails can continue to be strong.

Of course that period of time really only lasts like 3 days. Ha! I can’t help! I love nail polish. Usually when I come off of a nail polish detox, I like start off with softer shades. You know…instead of jumping into the crazy bright neons and glitters. Sally Hansen’s Smooth and Perfect Color Care polishes are perfect for this…

 

Here’s what Sally Hansen says…

“These polishes are designed to hide ridges and imperfections. They have a uniquely breathable formula promotes stronger, healthier looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. Ridges and imperfections are virtually erased and nails are left looking smooth, shiny and porcelain perfect.”

Niiiiice. These shades are all sheer, dainty and perfect for when you want to give your nails a break from all of the hardcore colors and finishes.

 

Sea is a light pistachio that I didn’t think I’d like but I really do. Aside from being very work-appropriate, this color will also look beautiful with some nail art on top.

 

Sorbet is so creamy and wonderful! Please excuse the bubbling on the pointer finger. This faint peach is so refreshing. Plus it reminds me of my paternal Grandma for some reason. :)

Dune appears to be a beige with just a touch of shimmer in it. The other polishes were creamy but I noticed a few lines of an opal finish in this one.

I used 3 coats for each of these and the best thing about ‘em is they aren’t streaky! It’s almost impossible to find polishes this faint that aren’t streaky. Sally Hansen has 5 more polishes similar to these and you can snag ‘em at drugstores nationwide for about $5.49. Oh! And you can also get them online at Drugstore.com.

Are you a fan of fairer shades or would you rather go bold or go home?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette – brace yourself for this one…

Oh my. This palette took my breath away. I didn’t expect it to be so gorgeous. A quick glance of it and it looks pretty average, right?

I mean…you’ve got one side that will give you a nice daytime look and then you’ve got another that will give you an after 5-eye. But there’s really nothing special about it at first glance. Never, darlings…NEVER judge an eyeshadow palette at first glance. After some swatches, I have discovered that this palette is a diamond. It’s sooooo pretty!

The shadows on the left are all work-safe and un-intimidating.

…and the shadows to the right are rich and gorgeous.

And like all Wet ‘n Wild palettes, the back packaging gives you an idea of where to place each shadow. Which is definitely helpful for makeup newbies.

I’m finding that swatching shadows on my arms and displaying them WITHOUT cropping is so much better for viewing and for getting an idea of how the shades look…

Oh. And that blue brown shade?

Stunning! These shadows were silky, creamy and just a dream to work with. Wet ‘n Wild makes it so hard to justify spending more than a few bucks on some eyeshadow. Their quality of these palettes are just…wow. Unbelievable. And these palettes are only $4.99.

I love Wet ‘n Wild so much. I can’t even stand it.

 

The LookBag’s Goodies: March 2012

Soooo, I got my second LookBag and I wanted to share with y’all some of the goodies this go ’round. I did a complete review of how The LookBag works a few weeks ago. For some reason, I didn’t get a little flyer giving me information of what each product is this time. The good news is, every brand that is thrown into The LookBag is also listed on the LookStore website. AND, you can purchase directly from the website too. Pretty cool, uh?

Let’s see what we got this month…

First up is a pair of Shadow Shields.

These are pretty good at catching the fall-out from eye shadow looks. I wouldn’t get much use out of these because I don’t do a ton of eye shadow looks but these are pretty nifty for makeup artists and those who do a ton of looks. The sample should give you an idea if you’d like to purchase more of these. A box of 30 on The LookBag site will run you $7.99 (normally $9.99). Not too steep.

Then there’s Damone Robert’s Brow Highlighter in Bling Bling.

Considering Damone handpicks a lot of these goodies, I was wondering when they were going to throw one of his products in. I was most excited to try this. This is a product that I’d actually use regularly and would consider purchasing if I liked it enough. Sample size is large enough and I’ll probably get a few months of regular use out of this one. It goes for $20 but member’s price is $16.00. That’s a lot of money for a brow highlighter but it’s the norm. And they last forever. Anastasia Beverly Hill’s brow highlighters are around the same price, if not more expensive. Those who know the value in quality brow highlighters don’t mind shelling out the money.

The Cailyn Gel Eyeliner set was probably the best value in this month’s subscription.

You get a nice amount of gel liner and a dual-pot of loose silver glitter and a mineral shadow. Per the instructions, you can mix the gel liner with the glitter and shadow to create different looks. Nice! Aaaand, the top of the gel liner has a built in brush. Would I use this? YES! I am a gel liner fanatic and I never need a reason to need glitter. Member’s price for this is $16.80 but it regularly retails for $21. So yes. This is definitely a deal.

Indie Lee’s Squalane Facial Oil came next…

Packaging gets an A+ for me because even if I don’t end up liking the product, I can reuse that bottle. Product-wise, this is an anti-aging oil that I probably won’t use because I don’t use anti-aging products. The sample size is enough to give you a feel for if you’d like it or not. I’ve never heard of this brand but the beauty blogger in me can appreciate coming across brands I’ve never heard of it. Member’s price for this is $21.60 while is regularly retails for $24. I can’t say if this is a good value or not because I dont know how large the full-sized bottle would be.

SHEATERRA ORGANICS Rose Hips Black Soap

I have to give it to the brands of The LookBag. Most of the skincare products come in such reallllly nice packagings. Lovin’ this one. And considering this is a preservative-free product, the chances of my using it and purchasing it if I liked it are high. And I LOVE black soap. I’m using a cleanser similar to this so I will definitely be giving this one a whirl. Member’s price is $14.40 from the regularly priced $18.00. Again – I wish the site listed the ounces the full-sized bottle comes in.

Aaanad, I saved the best for last. This Franchè lipgloss in Ice Crystal is amazing!

Inglot has a gloss that is similar to this and oh man….it blows me away. Sample size gave me enough to experiment with putting this gloss over different lipsticks to change their colors and dimensions. I had so much fun using this! However, the price is a little too steep for me in that I probably won’t be purchasing the full-sized because the member’s price is a whopping $28.80. Yeah, that’s a deal considering the regular price is $38 but sheesh….c’mon-that’s A LOT of money for a lipgloss. So yeah. This sample was just a big tease.

Overall: This month’s The LookBag was nice. I loved the inclusion of cosmetic products and I loved that most of the skincare products were paraben-free. Two months in and The LookBag is still impressing me. If you’re still not sure if beauty subscriptions are for you, give The LookBag at chance. If all else fails, you can cancel with no penalty and at the very lease, you’ll end up with SOMETHING that you can use from day-to-day.

Like that brow highlighter. Hollersssss!!!

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