No Longer Walking Dead with Maybelline’s Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner

Mascara? Yeah, whatever. Eyeliner? Can’t leave home without it. I know, I’m pathetic. I never wanted to be one of those gals who couldn’t leave the house without makeup but I look like The Walking Dead without eyeliner. And I’m not even kidding. A little bit of black eyeliner gives my eyes definition and makes me look more awake. But liquid liner?

Liquid liner is the bee’s knees and butterfly’s wings if you know how to use it correctly. Don’t even think about asking me for tips, dude. I am still struggling with applying it. Maybelline is hitting us with a new one and by George, I think I like it!

The tip has a darn good point.

Which is a good thing. A liquid eyeliner with a dull point or a point that collapses too easily can make for ineffective application. And ineffective application will have you looking like a 2nd grader did your makeup. Which is no bueno. This black liner looks really black. Which I love.

It lasts throughout the day without many problems. It did flake on me after I rubbed my eye a bit, but I’m used to that happening with most eyeliners.

Pro’s
-Affordable. Depending on where you go, it’s between $6.99-$7.99.
-It has a nice and intense black color.
-Nice point-y tip that makes it easy to draw both thin and thick strokes.
-Long lasting.

Con’s
-Can flake if you rub your eyes.
-Dries out if you leave the top off for a few minutes.

 

Have you seen this eyeliner around? Whatcha think?

Buttah-licious with Pooka Pure & Simple’s Whipped Cream

Da butters. Have y’all ever seen that video of the lady on YouTube who was upset at Black people  (she was kidding, of course) for hiding what she called “the butters”? It’s a hilarious video. One that had me rollin’ for weeks. In said video, she mentioned that she recently discovered shea butter and cocoa butter and she was blown away at their amazingness.

The truth is, I’ve been using “the butters” for a looooong time. Years. Decades. Pooka Pure & Simple has an amazing blend of whipped butters that I have been using daily. Daily, ya’ll.

There are so many benefits that come with using shea and cocoa butters. From completely moisturizing the skin to helping fade scars and dark spots, the butters rock. And I love that Pooka has included some of my favorite other ingredients…

Gotta love products that have minimal ingredients. All of which you can name. That rarely happens. But it’s the norm among the preservative-free goodness that is Pooka Pure & Simple. I am sensitive to fragrances and so I love that this doesn’t have a darn thing in it. There is a bit of a nutty smell but it’s faint and dissipates after the butter is rubbed all in. Speaking of the butter…

…in sinks right into the skin. And the best part? There isn’t an oily residue. I usually only use buttahs during the winter time but considering this doesn’t leave my skin feeling super oily, I can get down with using it daily. And yeah – I know it’s technically wintertime but I live in Florida. Ain’t no winter here.

This 6.5 oz tub of whipped goodness goes for $16. Steep but it’ll last you forever. Aaaand, there are scented versions of the whipped cream.

This is hands down one of my favorite Pooka products.

Whatcha think? A lover of buttahs, are you?

Amor de Lacquer: SpaRitual Water collection

Say “hi” to SpaRitual, y’all! This is my first time featuring Orly’s big sister and I couldn’t be happier. SpaRitual is one of those brands that isn’t as “well-known” as Orly, China Glaze and OPI. The vegan brand is commonly located in all-natural settings like Whole Foods, natural and holistic spas and natural food stores nationwide. SpaRitual isn’t about staying up on the trends but instead appeals to a demographic of nail polish lovers who enjoy simple shades with earthy undertones.

And I love SpaRitual for that. Their collections are always so refreshing and Water is no exception. According to the press release I received, the Water collection “is inspired by the creative flow of energy that travels through us, much in the same way water travels throughout the earth.” Deep, uh? SpaRitual often supports organizations that have the same passion for our environment, health and wellness. 20% of proceeds of the Water collection will be donated to Surge, an organization whose mission is to deliver clean drinking water to those who are in need. Amazing. Makes the $10 price tag seem a lot more do-able.

Check out these beauties…

Hidden Reef is a shimmery coral that I actually like. That says a lot because I’m not a fan of many corals.

Deep is described as an iridescent reflection of moonlight and man, this baby is beautiful. While it photographs green for some reason, it is actually a dark gray polish with faint magenta shimmer. It’s gorgeous and I just love how it looks.

How Deep REALLY looks…

Ripple Effect is a creamy and dusty mauve that Mama Clumps would so swipe if she were around. There is nothing prettier than a dusty grayple. Grayple equals gray and purple.

Lucid is a lilac blue and while it looks more on the blue side, it really has more purple in it. It’s pretty, dainty and very appropriate for Spring.

Undercurrent is a dark blue that rocks my world. There is nothing better than a dark blue nail polish. Nothing, I say!

 Ebb & Flow photographs a little brighter than what it looks like. It real life, this is a light aqua that looks stunning on the toes. I love everything about this polish. Except the severe staining it gave my nails. I had to soak my nails in lemon juice for a good 20 minutes because they were stained so badly. :(

 

Must Haves:
-Deep. What a stunning gray.
-Ripple Effect. Because you can never have too many purples.
-Undercurrent. A gorgeous blue!

The formula of these was just okay. Most were on the thicker side. And the brushes for these polishes were so skinny. Then again – I do have long and wide nail beds so maybe it’s just me. I expected the formula to be a bit better considering the $10 price tag. Still. I’m all for brands that bring awareness to global issues and for that reason, I will always love and support SpaRitual. You can grab these polishes in spas and salons nationwide, as well as select natural food stores and online at Beauty.com.

 

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

How to Create Sunburst Lips – Like A Boss.

When I fall for something, y’all…I fall hard. Take music for example. I can listen to the same songs for days, weeks and YEARS at a time. I STILL play “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire like it came out in January of last year. I am a free spirit but I am a comfortable spirit too. I don’t fix what ain’t broke and while that can be a good thing, it stunts my creativity at times.

Hence why the starburst lips came to me.

Yep. They came to me. Seriously. I was rushing into work on Monday and after plopping down at my desk, I realized that my lips were bare. Bare lips are a no no on Monday mornings. I rummaged through my makeup bag and pulled out the gorgeous Venomous Cosmetics’ Let U Go.

Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand launched by a talented beauty blogger who is based out of Central Florida. I found about VC through my blog sister and friend, Phyrra (who also lives in Central FL…woot!) and when my eyes landed on Let U Go, I knew I had to have it. I mean, look at this orange…

Gorgeous, right? It’s even more stunning in person. I own nothing like it and was glad to add it to my stash. And I didn’t use it until that rushed Monday morning. I wanted to go for something “different”, yet work appropriate. And so sunburst lips were born.

Oh. And if you hear anyone use the words “sunburst lips”, they so got it from me. I’m just sayin’. I came up with it first. ;)

First, I lined my lips using MAC’s Vino lipliner.

I’m not gonna tell y’all how long I’ve had that lipliner. Is there an expiration date for lip liner? Anyone know? Anywhoovers, I applied Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

Yep. I am still religiously wearing that buttah. I love that buttah. At this point, I grab a lip brush and get to blending.


Blending is so important. It’s like the 2nd Beauty Commandment. After “Never Wear Black Eyeliner on the Lips”, of course. After blending, I dabbed Let U Go in the middle of my lips.


And ta daaaaah!

FACT: Everyone has at least one friend that regularly takes pictures of themselves and showcases those duck lips…

Don’t be that friend. 8) Sunburst lips paired with dual blue eyeliner is quite the unexpected look. I can’t stop wearing it. I think I’m going to go for a sunburst lip using purple lippies. Whatcha think?

If you give sunburst lips,  try…let me know!

Mascara Monday: Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara

One of the reasons why I love beauty blogging is because it allows me to connect with so many people allll over the world. I feel like blogging is one huge portal of pen pal-ing and I love it. I first heard about Eyeko from a UK blogger and since then I’ve checked out their polishes and have been crossing my fingers they’d bring their skinny brush mascara to the States.

The mascara angels were on my side, y’all. The mascara has hit Sephora stores nationwide on February 23, 2012 and will formally launch online at Sephora.com on February 26, 2012. Wooo hoooo!

Price: $19 at Sephora stores and soon on Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara Long & Tall creates dramatic lash looks, while it’s conditioning formula locks in jet-black colour with incredible staying power and creates a gravity defying hold–leaving lashes flawless, yet soft and supple.” (per press release I’ve received)

The Truth: Whoa! The wand really is skinny.

What I Loved About It: This mascara gives super volumized lashes with only one coat.

What I Didn’t Like: Buuuuut because the bristles aren’t elongated enough, separating is tough and the formula clumps up quickly.

Overall: Okay, first things first…how adorable is the packaging? This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a mascara in a tube like this. Some time ago (or maybe they still have them…), Victoria’s Secret had mascaras like this and I remember going bananas over them then. Packaging is A LOT for us beauty aficados and those looking to try something new will definitely be scooping this baby up.

Let’s take a look at the wand…


It’s REALLY skinny, uh? And skinny wands aren’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I prefer them to large wands. Skinnier wands allow you to really get into those teeny tiny lashes and elongate them. Skinnier wands are perfect folx with crazy lashes like me. And as much as I love the width of this wand, it’s the bristles that are a little weird. Long bristles would be better suited for a mascara like this but since it has reallllly small circular bristles that go around the wand, it makes it tough to really wiggle and bring out the lashes. And since the bristles are soooo close together, it makes clumping too inevitable.

Formula-wise, it’s average but appears to be thick when applying on the lashes. Again, I think that has a lot to do with the wand. It’s a long-lasting formula that doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day so that’s awesome. Also, because of the packaging, you will definitely get your $19 worth. It looks like this mascara holds more than the average mascara wand does so yay for that! Doesn’t mean you should hold on to it for more than 3 months, but hey, it is a perk, uh?

Also – along with this mascara comes a mascara shield and according to Eyeko it’s a simple tool to help lengthen lashes and maximize curl without smudges.

Image Source: http://www.eyeko.com/eyeko-skinny-brush-mascara-p-187.html

Nice little addition! This work really well. But only if you’ve got the time to mess around with it. I like to use it to help lengthen the lashes. And hey, if you’ve got a guitar, this works as a fantastic guitar pick. 8) I grabbed a picture from Eyeko’s site that demonstrates how to use the shield.

Overall? It’s not a bad mascara. In fact, I think it would be better if the wand had longer bristles. I recommend only applying ONE coat and using the shield for added length. The mascara does pretty well with providing volume and while lengthening is so-so, the shield will help you push it to the limit a bit.

Oh. And and the mascara smells like a bottle of bubbles. You know…the bubbles that come with wands that kids and grown kids play with. Not a bad smell but it definitely brought me back to being 4 years old. Ha!

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 1 coat


Do I recommend it?: Yep, I do! Especially if you have smaller lashes.

Any Eyeko fans in the house? Whatcha think about this mascara?

 


Amor de Lacquer: OPI Holland collection (part 2)

I’m back with part II of OPI’s Holland collection. Woo hooo! If you missed part I, check it out here.

I Have A Herring Problem is a shimmery green blue that rocks my world. This may be one of my favorites. It’s such a gorgeous dusty blue.

Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh is sandy bisque and if you didn’t laugh at that name, dude…check your pulse. While the name is entertaining, the polish is just okay. I don’t really wear shades like this too often. I do love how opaque it is with only 2 coats.

 

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes is a robust rose that is totally a Grandma nail polish color. And there’s no way to combat that either. Throw some glitter on top and it would still look like a Grandma shade. Which isn’t a bad thing. Grandmas need polish too yo.

 

Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI  is a plum that was soooo hard to capture. Which is tragic because it is such a beautiful shade of purple. In natural lighting, my camera captured it is a vampy purple with subtle pink shimmer.


…which is pretty but definitely not a accurate shot. Artificial light has it looking more like how it looks in real life.

Yes, that’s better. It’s gorgeous and if you love purple nail polish, you’ll need this one.

I Don’t Give A Rotterdam is a steal blue shimmer that almost looks like I Have A Herring Problem. IDGAR is not nearly as opaque as I Have A Herring Problem but they are certainly too similar in finishes to be in the same collection, ya know? It’s a beaut nonetheless.

A Roll in the Hague  is a bright orange polish and it is my faaaavorite of them all. I was so excited to take a picture of this that I totally didn’t see the smudges on my fingers. Sorry! You need this polish. It is the ultimate summer shade.

Must Haves:
– I Have A Herring Problem
-Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI?
-A Roll in the Hague

Overall, I dug this collection. There weren’t any particularly striking colors but there were definitely some jewels. I used 2 coats for each polish and formula-wise, most were good. Some were a bit on the watery side but nothing that couldn’t be handled with small and liberal strokes.

Whatcha think? Diggin’ the Holland collection? The family altogether…

 

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

Soft skin and lips with NIVEA’s newest.

Okay, quick crazy story about NIVEA. And I do mean quick. For the longest I would call Nivea (pronounced Niv-E-ya) Na-vay-ya. And I was so obsessed with how it sounded, that I promised myself that I would name my first child Nivea. Of course I made this declaration when I was like…14.

Wait – so I was the only teen who already had their babies’ names picked out? Come on, y’all. Confess it up. I knowwww I wasn’t the only one. 8) For the record, I have since dropped that name for a potential Clumps kid. I do have other names picked out though. Bahahaaa!

Anywhoovers, good ole’ NIVEA has some new goodies for us skincare lovers and I just had to share them with you.

I’ve got super sensitive skin and so I stick to using a strict regimen of preservative-free skincare products but every now and then I like to review the popular brands of the world. Let’s check out the babies of the bunch first.


These lippes are pretty, uh? NIVEA A Kiss of Vitamin Swirl is packed with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts. It has a subtle hint of color. So subtle that if your lips are pigmented you probably wouldn’t notice it. The blue one (Kiss of Mint & Minerals) has organic shea butter and jojoba butter in it. Since it’s “mint”, you’re going to get that tingly mint feeling that you either really love or really hate. I don’t mind it. Aside from tasting a little funny, I dug these lip balms. Vitamin Swirl had a faint fruity scent and smell and Kiss of Mint & Minerals is minty. They don’t last forever but while they are on the lips, they keep the lippies moisturized. These babies retail for $2.99.

Next up is NIVEA’s Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub with HYRDRA IQ.



I formally made the switch to handmade bar soaps but every now and then I get the urge to use a bodywash. It’s an exfoliating body wash that has a thick lather. I love how it feels but the fragrance is pretty strong. Almost TOO strong. It has a nice and clean smell but it was overpowering and just a bit too much for moi.


Still, if you’re in the perfect for a luscious body wash that polishes the skin to a smooth finish, you’ll love this one. It goes for $5.99.

And theeeeen there’s NIVEA’s Extended Moisture Daily Lotion.



Okay remember – just because the packaging says the lotion will last for 48 hours doesn’t mean you HAVE to wear it for 48 hours. ;) Even so, I love how this lotion feels. It isn’t greasy or watery like some drugstore lotions can be. It sinks into the skin nicely without a filmy finish and does a darn good job at bustin’ ash.

Plus, it doesn’t have a loud fragrance like its brother, the body wash. It goes for $7.99.

You can grab all of these goodies at CVS Pharmacy. CVS so rocks, yo. Have you tried anything from NIVEA lately?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Holland collection (part 1)

Oh, darling…Holland. How I would LOVE to visit Holland. My passport is full of trips to the Caribbean and I am anxiously waiting for the day when my wallet can get on board and allow me to get more International stamps. And one of the firsts on this list would be Holland. While some of these colors were pretty average, I still really liked this collection. The names are just so adorable and each polish applied beautifully.

Because this was a big collection, I am breaking it up in two posts. Part II will pop up in just a few days.

Red Lights Ahead…Where? is a coral red and when I posted this on Pinterest, it got a whole lot of fanfare. Rightfully so. I tend to lean towards corals that have a lot of red in them and this one is definitely up my alley. Gorgeous, isn’t she?


Pedal Faster Suzi is a pink lavender shimmer that is just so girly and cute. My anti-pink sentiments go away when glitter and shimmer is involved. I am loving the subtle neon blue shimmer this polish has.

Kiss Me On My Tulips is a hot pink and of course it’s my favorite shade out of the bunch. What’s not to love about a hot pink? This one is a beautiful butter creme that really compliments my complexion. It was a bit on the watery side though. Hence the seeping in the cuticles.

Wooden Shoe Like To Know? wasn’t one of my favorites at a quick glance but once I got it on the nails, I was lovin’ this shimmery chocolate brown. Maybe just maybe chocolate brown polish on chocolate brown skin is growing on me. Maybe.



Thanks a Windmillion is a breezy sea green and the name made me crack up. So cheesy and so cute. This shade is awesome. It looks like it should have belonged in OPI’s On Stranger Tides (Pirates of the Caribbean collection) collection. It’s such a rich and beautiful green that applied beautifully.

 

Vampsterdam is a deep purple that actually looks purple. It’s hard to find vampy shades that don’t look black 80% of the time.

Must Haves:
-Red Lights Ahead…Where? Especially if you don’t already have a shade like this.
-Wooden Shoe Like To Know if you love brown polishes.
-Thanks A Windmillion. It is THEE perfect hot pink.

See any you like? And how amazing is Wooden Shoe Like To Know? You can grab these babies at Ulta stores and in JC Penny Salons. Stay tuned for part II of this collection!

 

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