The Ultimate Stocking Stuffers – Lip Balms

Toss away my mascaras. Give away my blushes. Flush my eyeshadows down the toilet. But touch my lip balms, girlfriend and you just may pull back a nub. I don’t play when it comes to my lip balms. Hence why I love reviewing ’em, collecting ’em and giving ’em away.

How’s this for a lip balm army?

Aren’t they just fantastic? Do any of these babies look familiar you? If not, I’m excited to be introducing three new brands that make soothing and moisturizing lip balms. Plus, if you’re looking for cheap stocking stuffers, lip balms are the best way to go!

Okay, you’re going to hate me for this but the brand is still in the process of launching their website.

Even so, Nature’s Lip Nourishment lip balms are one of my favorites because the main ingredient is shea butter.

Which is nuts! I’ve never had a lip balm with shea butter in it. I use the Kool Mint one every night right before bed. I’m addicted to it and can’t wait for the website to launch so I can deliver more information about pricing and availability to y’all. Next up is MoistStic, a brand whose inclusion of peppermint helps soothe the lips while the tea tree oil helps heal the lips.

At $2.59 a pop, you can grab these ultra-healing lippies from Target, Kroger and online. It isn’t the tastiest lip balm and has a medicinal smell to it, but if you don’t mind it, MoistStic makes for a fantastic winter balm.

The most flavorful of the bunch comes from Surya Brasil, a brand that you can find at Whole Foods.

This vegan brand has some of the of the tastiest lip balms I’ve ever tried. I mean – not that I go around licking balms but you know…it happens. From Acai Berry,Chocolate and Strawberry, I can’t really decide which one I like best.

These beeswax lippies go for $3.49 and would be perfecto if they had SPF in them.

Don’t ask me to choose a favorite. I love ’em all!

Are you a lip balm lover? Which brand is your fav?

Clinique Brings Happiness this Holiday Season

If there was a perfume that could describe my personality, it would be Clinique Happy. This upbeat and cheery fragrance rocks in several ways and Clinique is giving us Happy lovers a darling holiday set. Say Hello to Complete Happiness.

Que bonita, no? I’m beyond tardy to the party because I didn’t even know there were other Happy fragrances. I know, I know. I’m mad late. While I’m a fan of the original Happy ,I reallllly dig the other siblings. A Hit of Citrus. is my absolute fav.

Per Clinique.com this set is, “A happy ensemble of fragrance notes: bright floral Clinique Happy and rich floral Clinique Happy Heart, plus limited-edition Happy in Bloom, Happy Wealth of Flowers and Happy Hint of Citrus. Travel-ready sprays inspire a spritz of happiness anytime.”

Indeed. This is THEE perfect gift for the fragrance lover in your life. For $37, you get five travel-sized fragrances that can be tossed in purses, suitcases, office drawers, glove compartments, anywhere!

Oh! And if you are a bit of a cheapie like me, get the set and give away the fragrances individually. Especially to your favorite young beauties.

I’m such a genius, aren’t I? Actually, the masterminds at Clinique are the geniuses. I’m just taking their shine. 😉

Grab this at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.

Mascara Monday: Hard Candy Lash Tinsel glitter mascara

Well, well, wellll….what do we have here? It’s a Hard Candy mascara! I get a lot of recommendations to review these mascaras and for the longest, I didn’t think that they were even in Orlando. Until I went to Walmart one fateful day and discovered that the Walmart nearest me actually has a ginormous selection of Hard Candy mascaras, lippies, polishes and eyeshadows. Well, heyyyy! With the holidays rolling around, I wanted to review a fun mascara. You know…something that can help you stand out at that holiday party. What can be more show stopping than a glitter mascara?

 

Price: $5 from Walmart and Walmart.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: I didn’t spot any claims on the packaging or website. Weird.

The Truth: This mascara makes your lashes rock hard.

What I Loved About It: The color is really pretty and I didn’t have to endure any glitter falling in my eyes – and I was afraid that I would.

What I Didn’t Like: The glitter didn’t look as noticeable as I wanted it to.

Overall: I think this is my first time reviewing a glitter mascara. Why yes. It is. To be quite honest, I’ve never been a fan of them. If you know me, you know that I really don’t like anything with glitter around my eyes. I’m just too paranoid that a fleck will fall in my eye while I’m driving and I’ll crash into a pole or something. That sounds ridiculously dramatic, I know, but I don’t want to take any risks. And so I usually run away from liners, mascaras and eyeshadows with large glittery specs. But in light of the season, I decided to push my fears to the side and try something new. Aren’t you proud of me?

The consistency of this mascara is on the gel side.

I think the consistency is actually better fitted for an eyeliner. It’s thin (but not too watery) and dries to a sturdy finish – just like a good glitter eyeliner. But because the glitter floats in a thin base, it makes applying it on the lashes difficult. And the mascara’s wand isn’t much help either.

It’s just so — cheap looking. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need a super top-of-the-line wand that automatically applies my mascara for me. But I would like it to have bristles that are closer together. These bristles are spread out so far apart but it takes quite some time to get the mascara on the lashes. Once I managed to apply a few coats, I couldn’t really TELL that I had on a glitter mascara. Up close, I could see a bit of the teal but far away…nothing. If I’m going to risk wearing glitter mascara, doggone it – I want it to be seen! An hour or so after applying, my lashes became hard as bricks. I haaaate stiff lashes. I always feel like stiff lashes are victims of being accidentally pulled out. Yikes!

Yeah, I don’t know about this guy. Its saving grace is the beautiful shade of teal and the fact that if you have a small enough brush, it can double as an eyeliner. But using it as  a mascara? Not a good idea.

 

 

Bare Lashes




Lashes after 3 coats


Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re okay with only getting a minimal amount of glitter on your lashes. You could of course layer it over a mascara that you already have on, but that can result in flaking. This mascara is cheap enough to be useful for some and even if you don’t think it’s hot, you didn’t spend too much money so all is good.

Have you ever tried glitter mascaras? Yay or nay?

POLL: Will you get the Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette?

If anyone knows how to work beauty junkies into a massive  frenzy, it’s Urban Decay. Their legendary Naked palette was notorious for being out of stock both online and in stores. While it found its place in permanent makeup land, beauty lovers now have the Naked palette 2 to obsess over.

Considering I’ve got a mess load of similar shades, I decided not to get the original Naked palette. Vex in the City’s swatches, however, have me thinking about putting the Naked  2 on my birthday list. You know…in case Esposo asks. Then again, I’ve been a beauty lover for a good  5 years or so and I find it hard to get excited over repeat products and Naked 2 looks a lot like the original Naked.

Aside from the packaging, they could pass for twins. Not to mention – while I don’t have neutral shadows like this in ONE palette, I’m sure if I search my shadow collection enough, I could find dupes of these. Boy, I tell ya….being a beauty blogger brings about a level of discernment. No longer can I just buy products because of the hype. I be breakin’ it down yo.

What about you?

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Laura Mercier Limited Edition Luxe Eye Portfolio

Who wants to see another beautiful eyeshadow palette? The last time I played around with Laura Mercier was when I dabbled around in the foundation and I was in love. I’ve heard great things about the eyeshadows and haven’t had a chance to test drive them until now.

How stunning is the Limited Edition Luxe Eye Portfolio?

Okay, so as pretty as it is, it comes with a price. Literally. This baby goes for  whopping $98. While some of y’all may be gasping in horror, some guys and gals out there have no problems spending close to $100 on an eyeshadow palette. Just because you may not spend as much on a beauty product, doesn’t mean someone else won’t, ya know? The good news is, if you do spend your pennies on this palette, you won’t be disappointed.

What LauraMercier.com has to say about the palette:

Perfect for home or travel, this beautifully packaged faux snakeskin organizer includes a collection of twelve new, exclusive and top selling Eye Colour shades, plus three mini professional Brushes that allow you to mix and match shades to customize your look.

The faux snakeskin portfolio feels nice and extra luxe. No cheap material here yo! And I love how totable and small the palette is for throwing in a purse, bag or suitcase.

Y’all know how I feel about traveling with extra bulk so this palette is the perfect size for me. Aaaaand, it’s small enough to sit snuggly where ever you store your makeup at home. To the left of the eyeshadows sit 3 travel size makeup brushes.

It took me a second to figure out what their functions were until uh…I flipped ’em over.

Each brush is stiff but I didn’t find any of them particularly useful for applying eyeshadow. The crease brush is great for applying eyeshadow on the Crease and the Ponytail brush seems to be a longer version of the Crease brush. So yeah…I can pass on the brushes. The shadows totally make up for the brushes’ disappointing marks.

The color selection and textures in this palette is superb. You’ve got good selections for highlighting the browbone, good neutral shades and shades that can create a bangin’ smokey eye. As far of textures, you’ve got mattes, shimmers and frosts. And do you see that matte black? Yes! I always jump for joy when I see matte black eyeshadows in palettes. Laura Mercier must have had beauty bloggers in mind because the shadow names are listed on the palette. I love that!

  • Rich Senna : A fantastic muted brown with subtle shimmer that will be great for work looks.
  • Morning Dew: A matte white that is great for sweeping under the browbone.
  • Black Coffee: Ahhh, the wonders you can do with a matte black. This one is silky and lovely.
  • Rosewood: Another great shimmer with a rosy touch.
  • Pink Crystal: This is the only shade that will require some packing on.
  • Sable: A gray-ish purple that isn’t as pigmented but nice.

  • Royal Gold: A muted gold great for applying right on the lid.
  • African Violent: A purple and gold wonderland of a shadow. This baby has lots of personality.
  • Mica: A pleasant glitter bomb of a silver.
  • Golden Cream: Another great shimmer to apply under the browbone.
  • Fig: A matte violet that that takes a bit of applying to really pop
  • Sparkling Night: A beauty navy blue.
These shadows really surprised me. Even the ones that were just so so at initial swatch really  came to life with a bit of packing on. I didn’t experience any fall out from these shadows either.
Perfection, I say. Perfection.
Who is this palette for?
  • Those who want an all-in-one palette.
  • Those who don’t mind spending close to $100 on a palette.
  • Super duper Laura Mercier fans.
So yes, the price point is up there but with MAC eyeshadows going for $10.50 a pan, getting these 12 shadows for under $100 isn’t a bad idea. If you just HAVE to get this palette better get it quickly. Remember, it’s limited edition! Snag it from LauraMercier.

Pearl lips by Maybelline ColorSensational

Who loves lipsticks more than lip glosses? I do, darlings. I really do. Maybe it’s the old soul that’s in me but I find lipsticks to be classic and rather riveting. I feel like a “woman” when I apply them. I mean, don’t get me wrong…I love a good gloss but if I had to get rid of those or lipsticks. I’d send glosses to the curb in a heartbeat.

With the holidays rolling around, I’m going to do my best to show y’all lots of cheap lippies for holiday parties, gifts and stocking stuffers. Let’s start with these Maybelline ColorSensational jewels. You can grab these kids anywhere Maybelline products are sold and on Drugstore.com. All of these lipsticks have a pearl finish and like most lipsticks, are a wee bit drying. I wear a lip balm underneath to keep the moisture in my lips locked in.

Coral Lustre – I’ve never thought that coral lip colors were terribly flattering on my skin complexion. They are a little too cool and pink for my liking. Somehow, this one isn’t half bad. I actually feel okay wearing it without a lipliner.

Disco Pink – is a super pink with a whole heap of shimmer. I think it’s fantastic!

Glisten Up Pink is slightly cooler than Disco Pink whose shimmer isn’t as sparkly.

Nude Glow is a shiny caramel that actually works for me. I’m pretty picky with nudes and I really like this one.

Plum Shine isn’t as dark as a “plum” and that’s a good thing because I’ve had my fair share of burgundy lipsticks. Plum Shine is more of light red wine.

I’ve never claimed to be the best when it comes lipstick swatches so try to stifle those laughs if you see some lipstick creeping up on my check or somethin’. 8)

Whatcha think? See any you like? Disco Pink and Glisten Up Pink are definitely my faves.

Amor de Lacquer: butter LONDON’s Holiday collection

Although I haven’t reviewed many of their polishes, I am reallllly loving what Butter London has to offer. Formula-wise, these babies are phenomenal. butter LONDON and Founding Creative Director Nonie Creme are giving us three beauty limited edition shades for the holiday season.

Tart With a Heart is described as the life of the party in dazzling “liquid metal” rose pink. I concur. This is a ridiculously awesome pink chrome. I don’t have many chrome polishes and this one has my heart jumping for joy. It is such an unexpected holiday shade. I love it!


Fairy Lights is described as a pale pink parade of glitter carries a dash of grey to tone down the sugar and ramp up the spice. This polish is opaque at 3 coats and has a gorgeous holographic shimmer. It will also work great as a layering polish and really pops with a top coat.

The Black Knight is described as a dark dazzler with a glitter fusion contains black, pink, blue and silver suspended in a black base. You HAVE to see this in person. It was opaque after only 2 coats and it is one stunning glitter. The pink and blue shimmer pop beautifully. This may be one of my favorite nail polish colors of 2011.

butter LONDON’s price point at $14 is pretty steep and if you don’t want to splurge on all of those babies, definitely go for Black Knight. Or you can get grab butter LONDON Holiday Glitter Trio for $36 at butterLONDON.com.

 

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