Happy Chinese New Year! – by LUSH

Oh LUSH. I’ll never know how you do it. In honor of the Chinese New Year (which is today!), LUSH has so beautifully crafted a Red Dragon Soap.

Pretty, isn’t it? Retailed at $7.95, this beautiful bar of soap is gently dusted with gold shimmer.

I’m no fan of glitter particles in my body products but the good news is, after one wash, this dust of glitter washes away. What’s left is a perfectly scented bar of soap that will leave your guests going “OMG, where can I get one of those?”

Scent-wise, if you’re a lover of LUSH’s Karma (I am! I reviewed the solid perfume here), you’ll love the soap. It’s highly fragrant at initial lather but becomes mellow while scenting the skin with that lovely spicy concoction of patchouli, lavender and pine. And it’s a vegan dragon soap too that will be make a perfect gift for your beauty lovin’ vegan guys and girls.

Ah yes, that’s another thing. I find the Karma fragrance to be fitting for men and women. Because of its spiciness, it can easily work for girly girls, manly men and everyone else in between. How thoughtful of you, LUSH. You can snag this at LUSH locations and online.

Some Chinese New Year facts:
-Considering many Asian cultures celebrate it, Chinese New Year is commonly called Lunar New Year.
-The Chinese year is based off of the cycles of the moon.
-2012 is the year of the dragon
-In anticipation for the Chinese New Year, many families thoroughly clean their homes. Metaphorically speaking this is to get rid of the previous year’s bad luck to make space for the new year’s good luck.
-Red is considered a lucky color in China.
(source)

Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year?

 

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Palette Lovin': e.l.f.’s 24K eyeshadow palette collections. How fancy!

Okay, promise you won’t hate me too much for this one, okay? There are a handful of posts that I meant to draft and publish before the holiday season but totally forgot to do so. Because of that, this particular palette is no longer available. And normally I wouldn’t even feature it BUT the good news is, there are several other palettes like this one.

So all isn’t lost. Instead of focusing on the aspects of this palette, I’m going to rap on the quality of the shadows and if they’d be a good investment for you or not. Sound good?

For starters, E.L.F.’s 24K line is so special that it has its own link on E.L.F.’s main page. There are a dozen or so 24K products. The packaging is in a plastic-y gold setting hence why they call the collection 24K. It’s pretty but isn’t the most durable material as the casing feels hollow and scuffs easily. The 100-piece eyeshadow palette goes for $24 and the 15-piece eyeshadow collection is priced at $15. Obviously, I think the 100-piece set is a better value but if you’re the type that loves taking eyeshadow palettes around with you, then the 15-piece set may be more up your alley. There is also a 32-piece collection but its packaging is a lot like the 100-piece in that it won’t be the best for traveling or toting around. It retails at $14.

In addition to eyeshadows, the holiday clutch that I had also had lipglosses, face powders and an eyeshadow powder.

The other palettes stick to just eyeshadows. Mine has 32 eyeshadows but the shades aren’t identical to the 32 eyeshadow palette. But…swatches are swatches. Here we go!

Light shades…

Blues/greens…

Blacks/Silvers…

While some of the shades are chunky, most do a great job at going on pigmented with the initial swatch. I didn’t use any bases for these swatches but having done looks with them, I can say that they do well when layered on top of your favorite base.

That said, if you’re looking for some decent shadow palettes, at a low price point, I think you’ll like the palettes from E.L.F.’s 24K collection. While they are some of the cheapest products on the market, I don’t have a problem with E.L.F. I think their shadows are up to par and great for those both new to makeup and makeup connoisseurs.

You can see some of the other 24K goodies here. I think I’ll have to grab those glosses. They are just darliiiiing!

Giveaway! Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal bundle!

Remember that time I told the story about how I was in search for a natural deodorant that could control my Sweaty Betty steez? And then remember that time I found one?! Ooooh yeah, it’s been 4 months since I did that post and I am still rockin’ my Naturally Fresh deodorant. Instead of using the crystal, I’ve switched over to using the roll-on and it keeps me feeling so fresh and so clean without all of the harsh ingredients most deodorants on the market have.

And it keeps me from smelling like a goat.

Which is a good thing because:

I cannot tell I lie. I’m so serious. In better smelling news, the lovely folx at Naturally Fresh  Deodorant Crystal  have offered to sponsor a giveaway and I couldn’t be happier! One winner will win the following….

A Naturally Fresh bundle including:
-Roll-On
-Spray Mist
-MoistStick
-Crystal
-Footspray
-Pet Crystal

Considering the crystal lasts FOREVER, this bundle will probably be all you need in terms of deodorant for close to year. Enter below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Problems entering the contest? Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

 

Good luck!

Pretty Polishes: Finger Paints’ Twisted

Flakies. They are the newest nail polish trend. Which is hilarious to say because once upon a time, it was virtually impossible to find flakie nail polishes. There was always one of my favorite brands…Nfu-Oh, but shipping for their polishes are anything but cheap.

Between Zoya, Cult Nails and now Finger Paints releasing flakie polishes, it almost feels like the thrill is gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still love flakies but I loved ’em more when they were diamonds in the rough, ya know?

Still. Twisted is awesome…

Not much to say about this baby except it is probably one of the best flakie polishes out now. I will say this: Cult Nails’ Unicorn Puke and Clairvoyant (soon to be re-released) are twins except Clarivoyant has a blue base and Twisted has a  clear base.

Both are stunning but can I be honest? I love Clairvoyant better. It may or may not have to do with the fact that I’ve met Maria (the owner of Cult Nails) and think she’s just a doll. Twisted is cool too. I snagged it at Sally Beauty Supply before the holidays.

Are you into flakie polishes?

Diva Cup review – Are Menstrual Cups for You?

So the very first TMI Tuesday was all about something us gals know too much about. Our menstrual cycles. In that post, I talked about my desire to be greener and dump the hassle that was sanitary napkins and tampons. Instead, I said I was going to use a menstrual cup. Time for The Diva Cup review! 

Diva Cup review

After that post (which was almost 2 months ago), I was anxious for my cycle to come so I could give the menstrual cup a whirl. Mind you, I am NEVER anxious for my period to come. For me, my period’s arrival means cramps from hell, lethargy, the desire to stuff my face and tummy hurtin’ gas. I have to endure all of this while keeping a smile on my face at work and during meetings. It’s the worst. Sanitary napkins didn’t make it any better because I always felt…gross and unclean. I changed them far too often and when I couldn’t, I felt….even grosser. I am happy to say that the Diva Cup has SO made my period 10x more bearable.

Diva Cup example

WARNING: I’m going to do an in-depth description and review of the Diva Cup. If you are squeamish about period talk, discussion of the lady anatomy or blood, you may want to leave this post.

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara

Well, well, welllll….what do we have here? Looks like Maybelline is starting the year off with a new fiber mascara. Considering I find fiber mascaras to be one of my favorite kind of mascaras (after volumizing mascaras, of course), I could not have been more happy. And Maybelline rarely disappoints me when it comes to mascaras. Let’s hope this one won me over…

The packaging looks a bit like Lash Stiletto, uh?

Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims:  “Defy the rules with new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara. A Maybelline New York first, this new mascara features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes – 4mm visibly longer looking lashes to be exact!

How does it work? Maybelline New York incorporates 4mm black fibers into our formula. These elongated, dark fibers provide a dramatic, almost illegal length to lashes. Our exclusive Fiber Fix formula actually seals the fibers to each lash while the Fiber Fix Brush catches each lash for optimal fiber placement. Lashes extend to their fullest, most traffic stopping lengths! No flaking – no breaking.” (via press release)

The Truth: This wand is the best at defining, y’all. The best!

What I Loved About It: The wand. It’s just amaziiiiing!

What I Didn’t Like: When I think of something, I’ll let you know.

Overall: Maybelline does it again! *does the cabbage patch* I’m so excited! Okay, let’s get back at square one. You know what a fiber mascara is, don’t you? Essentially these little fibers give you dramatic length by attaching themselves on the tips of your lashes. You know how some women wear hair extensions to make their hair longer and fuller? Fiber mascaras do the same thing for eyelashes. I’ve discovered that there are 2 kinds of fiber mascaras; ones that promise volume and others that promise length. Both types of mascaras have to have great wands to be effective. Illegal Length Fiber is winning in that department.

Because of the wand’s slimness, I was able to apply the mascara on the tiny tips of my lashes. This can be challenging with a larger mascara wand but ILF was perfect. Like most fiber lengthening mascaras, the consistency of the formula was far from thick. Which is another good thing. A thick formula would make it difficult for you see the bristles on the wand and applying would be a wee bit of a hazard. Another plus of the wand (can you tell that I’m obsessed with it?) is that because the bristles are so stiff and tiny, applying on the lower lashes are super easy. Woot! Oh and even if length isn’t what you’re going for, the wand does an amazing job at helping you comb your lashes.

ILF lasted all day (most fiber mascaras do) without any smudging or flaking. This mascara also comes in a waterproof formula and I’m interested to see the differences between that and the non-waterproof one.

The best way to apply a fiber mascara for optimum results? Apply it on top of your favorite volumizing mascara. A coat of Maybelline The Falsies + Illegal Length Fiber, I imagine would be an amazing combination. I don’t mind wearing ILF solo though. And like all fiber mascaras, removal is easy peasy. Simply wet your fingers and gently massage your lashes. It’s off  faaaaaast.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats




Do I recommend it?: Oh yeahhhh. If you’re one of those guys or gals with super tiny lashes and REALLY want them to stand out, go for Illegal Length Fiber.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

Palette Lovin': Black Opal Hana’s Pot of Gold

Is it just me or do you think of leprechauns when you think of a pot of gold too? Leprechauns freak me out, y’all. Seriously. Somehow, I’ve managed to not get freaked out over this darling little palette of wondrous eyeshadow. This is an online exclusive so if you find yourself heavily lusting over it, you may need to go ahead and get your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone ready.

Pretty, uh?

Palettes that are trios are always my favorite because I feel that’s just the right amount of colors you’ll need to crank out a decent look. Sometimes those palettes with 10+ shades leave you all confused with deciding what goes where, but this palette is easy.


And don’t you adore how they’ve embellished with shadows with the letter B?


I’m so honored that Black Opal thought so much of me that they put my initial on the shadows. Oh wait. The B stands for Black Opal. Oh yeah.

I knew that.

Each shadow is silky and pops nicely on my skin.

But you know me. If I plan on wearing eyeshadow, I HAVE to wear an eyeshadow base. The thing about these is — you don’t have to wear a colored base. If you’re like me and love Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance, a dab of one of those on each lid is really all you need. The shadow has produced a nice intense look while not being too over the top.

Which I did a bit sloppily but you get the idea. Another darling attribute about this palette? It’s so slim and portable. It’s smaller than my phone…

…which means if I do need to touch up for Happy Hour (lol – like I’m a drinker…), it won’t take up too much space in my purse. Win, win, win. A pretty hot deal for only $7.95. Grab it with the quickness on Black Opal’s website.

And in food news, last week Esposo made the most delectable batch of Thai coconut curry soup.

It was so good, y’all. Sooooo good. This was his first time making it and he blew it out of the park. Normally when I go to Thai restaurants, I order Tom Kha Gai with tofu and his version was much better. I found the recipe on Pinterest – where I find most of our recipe ideas. That’s how it works in our house. I find the recipes and Esposo cooks. I mean yeahhhh, I can cook but Esposo is like a culinary wiz in the kitchen yo.

Meanwhile in Tile Land, I can scrub the MESS out of  bathtub. Yeah boi!

 

Schick’s Hydro Silk. The razor you need in your life.

A new razor has hit town, y’all. And it’s a big deal. Laugh if you want, but if you’re like me and endure an insane amount of razor nicks from dealing with crappy razors, you know finding a GOOD razor is a serious, mega and colossal deal. Shick is bringing us their new Hydro Silk Razor. And uh…I hope this doesn’t seem to forward but you need to get one.

Like fo real fo real. This razor is amazing. And for several reasons.

  • This is Schick’s first 5-blade razor. Finally! Why the fellas always got 5 blades and us gals didn’t is beyond me.
  • There are skin guards on the top of the blades to help smooth the skin while shaving.
  • The inclusion of water-activated moisturizing serum is genius. I don’t know how it works but this lubricating strip stays slick for several shaves.

 

Oh, and then you’ve got the nice handle that makes moving around easy peasy .

Because I suffer from razor bumps, burns, nicks, scraps, cuts (you get the idea)…I like that the razor has 5 blades.

That means, I’m not only getting rid of the hair with one swipe, but my skin is left smooth and irritation free. It’s a fantastic razor, y’all.

If you can find it in your drugstore, get it with the quickness. It retails for $9.99 for a razor and 1 cartridge. I loves it.

In extremely random news, how beautiful was the sky the other day?

I have this thing for glaring up at the sky and taking pictures of it. It’s the little things, you know? I get this calming wave of relaxation when I look up at the sky. Even if it’s in the middle of a lunch break.

XOXO –

B