Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara

Mascara Mondays used to be a regular occurence here on Clumps of Mascara but uh yeah…I got lazy. Or overwhelmed. Or a combination of both. Whatever. But hey, I do have a review for you by way of a video!

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara

If you don’t feel like hearing me ramble, know this…this mascara is pretty awesome. I will be reviewing a ton in the next few weeks but this will be the mascara that I wear when I’m not testing. Lovin’ the formula and the adorable packaging.

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara display

I am feeling like a dummy that someone has to school me on what manga was. I get an F in Japanese Culture. Check out the review and let me know if you’ve tried this mascara or not. L’Oreal is really doing great things in the mascara department. Keep it up, L’O!


And other cool mascaras…

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4 Skincare Brands That Are Doing It Right

I’ve been switching up the skincare game these days. I’m tossing out the same boring products that I’ve been using and trying some new stuff. Plus, I don’t know…there’s something about the change in seasons that makes you want to get a whole bunch of new skincare products and makeup goodies. I’ve been testing these goodies for months now and I finally feel ready to drop the skinny on them.

Tu'eL skincare products

Or is that just me? *shrugs* First things, first…have you heard of the brand Tu’eL? Girl. Ohmigoodness…I first purchased their products from my waxer lady and since then, their fabulous PR team has given me the opportunity to try other thangs.

Tu'eL products

While not widely popular, the brand Tu’eL and their products have changed my skin. And that’s not just dramatic blogger talk. Their Green Clean Invigorating Body Wash has worked wonders on my skin. I originally purchased the Body Polish Set (which contains pumice gloves) because my waxer promised that if I used that daily, I wouldn’t have any issues with itching or ingrown hairs. I was a skeptic, but she was absolutely right.

Tu'eL skincare

Tu’eL’s Green Clean Body Wash has a mineral oil-free formula with ingredients like pine and bladderwrack. The glycolic helps prevent bumps by really exfoilating the skin. It’s an experience, really and without the use of synthetic dyes and fragrances. I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying this product. The kit retails for $36 which is probably on the steeper end of post-wax and shave care, but whatever. It’s an investment that I will make time and time again to continue to not have to deal with ingrown hairs, dark underarms and the itchiness every time I shave.

Tu’eL also carries a Triple Splash 3-in-1 that is by far one of the coolest skincare products that I’ve come across in awhile.

Targeted to help hydrate the skin, Triple Splash is intended to be splashed on wet skin immediately after a bath or shower. Using Sodium Hyaluronate and a bit of Eucalyptus, this stuff promises to not only provide added hydration to the skin but it also firms and tones. It feels absolutely fantastic! Even in the summer, my skin is notoriously dry and even more so after I’ve been swimming.

Splash in hand

Triple Splash not only feels good after application but it’s a nice base before slathering on my moisturizer. I don’t know how I’ve managed to live without this stuff. Also pricey at $32, this hydrating body tonic is truly one of the best skincare products I’ve tried all year.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream

Have you heard of the brand Ahava? I’ve tangoed with them before but it has been such a long time and I was very grateful to get a press sample of their Active Moisture Gel Cream. The whole concept of a moisturizer having a gel consistency is tough to deal with when you first plop a dollop in your hand.

Ahava Active Moisture Gel Cream in hand

But after it sinks into your skin, you realize that it doesn’t leave behind a sticky feeling but instead sinks into your skin. It feels especially cooling after a shower. The warmth of the skin combined with the coolness from the gel is quite the treat. Ahava says that this Gel Cream not only locks in moisture but with continued use it also brings about softer and more invigorated skin. I’m not sure if my skin feels 100% renewed after using this but I will certainly keep using it after workouts because I do feel it glides effortlessly on my inflamed and hot from the sun skin. Really all of us girls should keep a tub of this $40 slice of heaven in our gym bags.

SebaMed

And then there’s the brand Sebamed. Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash is geared towards those of who are serious about maintaing our skin’s pH balance. It is formulated to a pH balance of exactly 5.5 which is a big deal because it helps maintain skin’s moisture.

This mild soap deeply cleanses but doesn’t give your skin that streaky clean feeling. I love how my skin feels after using it but the fragrance is far too strong for my liking. Still, if your skin is pretty picky and you find that you have to use products that aren’t too acidic or too alkaline, Sebamed is very cool.

And we all know about St. Ives, right? Did you know not too long ago they gave us some new formulas? Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub and Oatmeal Scrub + Mask are new on the scene.

St. Ives scrubs

I love how St. Ives is really specifying what each of their scrubs will do. Whether you need something to soften the skin, brighten or polish away imperfections, they’ve got it.

Recommended use is 3-4 times a week and that may be a bit much for some. However, I can certainly appreciate the less abrasive and almost cream-like feel to these. They feel so much nicer on the skin than the Apricot scrub. Which, by the way, is on sale at Drugstore.com.

St. Ives

Scent-wise, you’ll find the Pink Lemon to smell, well..citrusy and the Oatmeal scrub has a sweet and faint vanilla scent to it. Fans of St. Ives will love both and of course you grab them at drugstores and Target stores nationwide.

Have you been trying any fun new skincare products?

 

 

*Disclosure: These products were sent for consideration unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links are used within this post.

The Best Cream Eyeshadow of 2014

Let’s switch it up a bit. How about a post of mostly pictures and very few words?

Eyeliner on waterline

And all about an eyeliner…

Urban Decay Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

I mean, what more is there to say about such an incredible eyeliner?

Top of Urban Decay Perversion

I scooped up Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner (whoaaaa, what a mouthful!) a few weeks ago. I’ve been using MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrak for years. Years. It got all dried up and so I decided to try something new. Something relatively waterproof.

Urban Decay Perversion

Super creamy and doesn’t budge. UD nailed it with this one.

Urban Decay Perversion bottle

It doesn’t flake. And smudges nicely on the lid should you decide to use it as a base. It is such a luscious and creamy dark black.

Urban Decay Perversion cream eyeliner

Almost like a bright black. Does that make sense? Kinda? No. Okay. But you know what I mean, right?

Perversion on finger

Yes, girl. Yas!

Eyeliner

Closed eye - eyeliner

Sweet, right? Get Perversion here for $22. And then thank me later.

Ta ta, darlings.

 

 

[Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link which means if you make a purchase, I may get some change. The extra money from affiliate links helps keep Clumps a runnin’ so really we all benefit, right? XOXO]

Zoya Naturel collection

My girl Leandra from Nail Polish Therapy is still helping me in the swatching department of the press samples of polishes that I received many moons ago. Today we’re showcasing the ever so simple yet stunning Naturel collection from Zoya.

Zoya Naturel collection

This collection hit the scenes in December of 2013  and uh…let’s not talk about how late I am in getting this review up, okay? Naturel is still making waves in the nail polish community. Because hello…creams never get old. Never.


Zoya Chantal
Described as a French vanilla cream, Chantal’s creaminess makes me lust after ice cream in the worst way. She applies with ease and really that shade is perfect for nail polish lovers of all complexions.


Zoya Normani

Normani is a sable mauve cream that I found to almost look like OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques. While not as dirty mop water’ish, Normani is the kind of shade that you would maaaaaybe try. Or  you’d run away from it. That’s it.

Zoya Taylor
Taylor could definitely be the younger sister of Chantal. This light toffee cream has a bit more warmth and brown in it but it is just as striking as her older sister.

Zoya Odette
Odette is one notch away from being considered a Grandma shade in my book but this sultry orchid maroon makes the cut. Really, she’s actually very classy and flattering on just about anyone.

Zoya Rue
Oh Rue. Could you have been named after one of my favorite characters in The Hunger Games? Perhaps? This boudoir blush cream isn’t as exciting or groundbreaking as the other colors but her one perk is that she applies with such ease and coverage.

Zoya Brigitte
Okay, if Odette was a notch away from being the Grandma shade, Brigitte is all the way there, honey. And not in a bad way. I find this bombshell mauve cream to be very retro and dare I say it…funky? It works.

You won’t find me saying anything bad about a collection full of creams. I think Zoya did an amazing job in terms of uniqueness and stellar formula. Chantal and Normani may very well be the must haves of this collection. You can snag each bottle for $8/bottle or the entire collection for $54 at Zoya.com.

Makeup Wars: 5 Wearable Nude Lipsticks for Brown Girls

The slacker in me almost missed out on joining in on this Makeup Wars post. But dude…nude? I HAD to jump in and represent for the dark brown girls that feel as if they can’t wear nudes comfortably.

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Truthfully, though? Nudes aren’t favorite. I hardly tango with any of mine. Why wear nude when you can wear red, hot pink or…orange? But lemme tell you, a good nude paired with a gorgeous and vibrant eye is stunning. Nudes have their place in the makeup world and I’m glad to see that I’ve got a nice little selection of ‘em.

Nude Lipstick on Black Woman

Even if I don’t show them much love. Who knows…maybe after seeing all of these nudes, I’ll be inspired to wear them more often. Maybe. But first, check out 5 of my favorite nude lipsticks…

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Clinique’s Curviest Caramel is the way I like my nudes. It leans a bit more on the pink side but is still described as a nude. It doesn’t have too much white in it to where I feel like a corpse. And it’s definitely one of those interview friendly shades.

Hey there, Tarte Inspired. Don’t hate me for not having a single picture of that lippy but dang…I love it. Inspired comes from Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks and while the formula on these are a bit thick and strange, Inspired is truly one nude that I can stand by.

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Too Faced’s Spice Spice Baby is one of those nudes that at first glance looks “Blech!” but then when applied you’re all like “Dayuuuuuum!” It is one nude that I don’t have to do any doctoring to. It is perfect without any liner or glosses. It is truly the ideal nude lipstick for my dark brown sisters.

Too Faced Taffy

Also from Too Faced is Taffy, a pink marshmallow nude. This is the most recent nude featured on Clumps and it is by far one of my favorites.

MAC Lollipop Loving

MAC’s Lollipop Loving (from the Heatherette collection, who remembers that?) is like a blast from the past. I can’t believe I still have this lipstick. I’m questioning if it is even safe to use considering I’ve had it for so many years. Welp, whatever. I have rediscovered this lipstick and I am in loooove with its frosty pink-y nude finish with  just a touch of chartreuse shimmer. Some frosts are so totally 90’s but when lined with MAC’s Chestnut, this lippy is some kind of wonderful.

Do you have a favorite nude? Tell me! I really should add more to my collection. In the meantime, check out the nude lippies that my Makeup Wars sisters loved…

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Look! Whish Has Made Shaving (Almost) Fun Again

Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to test drive some Whish shaving products and for the first time in…forever, I’m not hating shaving! Ugh. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole concept. It’s crazy to think that in the 7th grade I begggggged my Mom to let me shave my legs. Now I’m all like “Ugh…I HAVE to shave.” And #1 reason why I love winter time? Because I don’t have to shave. Yes, girl. It is a serious matter.

Whish Body products Whish Body Products has a goal of providing an unparalleled treatment for the body. All of their products are without parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. They use organic ingredients and I was surprised at how luxurious shaving products could be. Whish Shaving I’m a low maintenance girl when it comes to shaving and for years I’ve used whatever hair conditioner I had on hand as a shaving cream. Yes, feel free to judge me. I realized that it was high time for me to step my game up and use an actual shaving cream. Whish’s Shave Crave Shaving Cream really shouldn’t even be called a shaving cream. It’s more like a fluffy pillow of awesomeness. I mean, really. There’s shaving and then there’s shaving with Whish’s Shave Crave. After you attempt to say that 3 times fast, check out some of the specs of this cream…

  • It includes squalene and jojoba seed oil. Both which help hydrate the skin.
  • Organic shea butter is dumped in to help protect and heal the skin.
  • It smoothes the skin with organic coconut oil.
  • Flavors include the decadent yet subtle Lavender, Almond, Lemongrass and Pomegranate.
  • It was was created with the power of men’s shaving cream but without the yucky chemicals.

Housed in a see-through counter (this NEVER happens with shaving creams), Shave Crave comes with an easy-to-use pump. I found that half a pump distributed just enough product for one leg.

Whish Shave Crave pump

A little goes a long way and once the pillow of cream hits your hands, you know you’re dealing with a very different kind of shaving cream.

Whish Shave Crave

Once slathered all over the hands, I found the cream to feel like a moisturizing whipped butter. After rinsing, you aren’t left with that streaky clean feeling.

Whish Shave Crave bottle

Using it as an experience, really. An experience that will cost you $20. And as always after shaving or waxing experience, the upkeep is just as important as the original removal process. That’s where Whish’s Ingrow Hair Serum comes in…

Whish Shaving Serum

A clinically proven treatment intended to be used pre and post wax or shave, this lightweight serum contains willow bark, Mother Nature’s natural form of salicylic acid. Healing, refreshing and cool on the skin, this serum helps to reduce redness, irritation as well as delay hair growth. I can’t spoke on the latter as I haven’t been using it long enough to find the truth in that claim, but I like the idea of using a serum after shaving. Why didn’t I think of this?

Whish Shaving Serum on skin

I can appreciate the the very light, almost fragrance free formula, too. The serum is an alcohol- free gel that feels fantastically cooling on the skin. As with the shaving cream, a little goes a long way and I reckon with regular use, this stuff will keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay. It goes for $22.50.

Available at Nordstrom.com, I am allll over Whish and I wish I would have known about this luxurious brand years ago. I’ve noticed such a difference in the overall smoothness of my legs. Yay for whishes coming true!! Haha, see what I did there?

Get Some Physicians Formula In Your Life!

Hey girls, hey! So about that #PFHealthyGlamour Twitter party last week… Did you go? I did and oh my heavens, if that party was in a real club, the roof would have been on fire. I’m not even kiddin’. We would have all been bumping into each other and spilling our drinks on strangers. It was a packed house but what an awesome party it was.

Physicians Formula BB powder

Tips from Joanna were flowin’ left and right and many lucky ladies left $50 richer. It was a grand time. Through Beauty Stat, I got the opportunity to work with Physicians Formula and I was sent a whole box of awesome goodies.


Physicians Formula products

I am no stranger to the brand. In fact, I’ve reviewed several of their mascaras, some of their lippies and their blushes. I do think they could plump up their availability of darker shades. But hey, I’m confident that in the next few years, we’ll see more “true” darker hues from them. In the meantime, I am head over heels in love with their Nude Wear blushes.

Physicans Formula Nude Wear blush

Physicians Formula Nude Wear

They call it “Nude Wear” because after you’ve applied these blushes, you can barely spot them on your cheeks. You’re left with a very subtle and beautiful glow. And yes, girl…I can attest to this.

Physicians Formula blush

They’ve got a similar effect in a palette form that can be used on both the face and eyes.

Physicians Formula eyeshadow palette

This Warm Nude Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Palette may be a bit too shimmery for the office, but it is fantastic for date night or Girl’s Night Out.

Physicians Formula Shimmer palette

And for my girls who like intense and sultry eyes, I’m thinkin’ you’ll love the Sexy Booster Ooh La La Eyes Trio.

Physicians Formula eyes

Physicians Formula trio

Included is an eyeliner pencil, felt-tip eyeliner and kohl eyeliner. When layered with the Va Va Voom Volume mascara, this results in the perfect sexy eye look…

Physicians Formula mascara

Physicians Formula eyeliner

Fabulous, right? Yessss! Physicians Formula is doing fantastic things and if you head on over to Target stores and Target.com from now until May 24th, you can score some serious buy 1, get 1 FREE deals. Stock up now!

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat.com (#bstat) and Physicians Formula. While I was compensated to do this post, all thoughts are my own. 

My Beauty Bunny’s Cruelty Free Facial Moisturizer

I am incredibly excited to post about this moisturizer. Developed by my girl Jen of My Beauty Bunny, this Cruelty-Free All Natural Moisturizer has been my staple and go to moisturizer for some weeks now. I received a sample of it some time ago and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been telling everyone I know about how great this moisturizer is.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free Moisturizer

…and I’m not just saying that because I love Jen and respect her mission to spread the gospel about cruelty-free makeup and skincare products. She’s a pioneer in the game and this moisturizer speaks to her awesomeness.

My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer

I use about 3 different moisturizers each day. I’ve got an SPF moisturizer that I use for when I’m running outside, one for bed and then there’s my Beauty Bunny moisturizer. Complete with 5% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a soothing blend of aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane and extracts, I find this moisturizer to be perfect under makeup and when worn alone. It’s not only cooling on my face after I’ve endured just a bit too much sun from my runs, but I find that it really sinks in my normal/dry skin. Those with oily skin, no need to be worry…this moisturizer is incredibly lightweight and fitting for those of all skin types.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer ingredients

And of course, it would only include the good stuff and omit the bad stuff. And don’t even get me started on the subtlety of the fragrance. When applied, you get just a very small whiff of refreshing grapefruit that quickly dissipates. With just a very small pump, a little goes a long way. I often found myself pumping too much.

My Beauty Bunny moisturizer

I couldn’t be more proud to know someone who has launched such an incredible skincare product. While originally launched at $39, you can score this moisturizer for a steal at $15.90.

Who Would Love the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer?

  • Those of various skin types.
  • My guys and girls with sensitive skin.
  • Those looking to add a lightweight (yet powerful) moisturizer to their routine.
  • Folks who like to keep it simple in the ingredients department.
  • Fans and supporters of My Beauty Bunny because…well, just because!

I’d hurry and get your hands on this holy grail of a moisturizer as  bottles are limited. Snag yours at FutureDerm.com.