FOTD Friday: Blue Moon on the beach

So guess who actually put on makeup? Me! It’s been forever and I day since I put on eyeshadow. I don’t know what it is about makeup that has me obsessed  with writing and reading about it but not always wearing it. I mean, if you caught me in the streets, you wouldn’t even think I’ve been running a beauty blog for over 4 years. I am definitely not a walking advertisement for my blog. Which can be a good or bad thing.

Still. I don’t want to NOT wear makeup so often to the point where I forget how to actually apply it. That would be sad. And so I found these two shells on the beach and decided to scoop ‘em up.

Do you see them?

 

Look a little closer….

 

 WOW! Don’t you wish every beach had eyeshadows poppin’ out of the sand?

I do. These pretty shells shadows are essence’s colour and shine eyeshadows. By the way, when I typed colour I actually said it in a British accent. 8)

Anywhoovers, at first swatch I found these shadows to be super pigmented and quite attractive.

(l-r) Blue Moon, Joyride to Jupiter

But just how well will they wear on the lid? I used Blue Moon and I didn’t have to do much work to get it to show up. It was anything but sheer. Not bad ‘at all. For the lippies, I used Stila Lipglaze in Foxy with MAC’s Vino lipliner.

Blu Moo shows up well in low light too.

You know you have too many tattoos when you spot one and say, “Oh wow, I forgot about you!” I spotted that tat on my wrist and memories flooded my mind.

Oh…before I float away again, Polo says hi.

 He’s not too bad. When he’s not running around like a maniac, he is quite delightful. Remember, I’ve never had a pet so this owning a cat thing is major for me. Keep the advice comin’!

Oh! You can grab those essence eyeshadows from Ulta and Ulta.com for a smooth $2.99 a pop. Check out some more of my essence reviews. This is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands.

Ciao for now, darlings. Enjoy the weekend!!

 

P.S.

You would think that I would have noticed my missing earring in those pictures. Nope. Didn’t notice until I posted these pics. I am such a clump of mascara. 8)

 

 

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Amor de Lacquer: OPI Touring collection (part I)

I’m a wee bit late in reviewing this collection but please don’t hate the player. Hate her nails. My nails have been crackin’ so badly for the past few months that I haven’t even been inspired to polish my nails. They are getting a bit better now and so I’m back with a nail polish collection that has been out for quite some time but still worth bloggin’ about. This is a massive collection of 12 polishes and so I’ll be doing 6 at a time. First up, the darker and vampy shades.

 

Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window is a dark olive cream and is one of those fugly shades that I surprisingly like.

 


Get in the Expresso Lane is a rich dark chocolate brown cream but my camera can’t seem to get an accurate shot of it. In the bottle it looks like more of a murky brown.

 


French Quarter For Your Thoughts is a cool-toned pale grey cream and not entirely unique but will be even more stunning when topped off with your favorite glitter topcoat. And please pardon my cracking cuticles. I told you my nails are goin’ through some thangs…

 

Road House Blues is an inky dark blue cream and wow, I am in love with this kid. It’s one of those blues that can almost look black but when you catch it in the light, be ready to be blown away.

 


A-Taupe the Space Needle is a dark taupe cream with olive undertones and another shade that I would consider fuguly. I don’t know, maybe polishes like this just aren’t flattering on my skin tone. What do you think?

 


Suzi Takes the Wheel is a pale grey cream and at first glance, it almost looks like French Quarter For Your Thoughts. My eyes may be playing tricks on me but I think FQFYR looks to have a little more green in it.

 

My favs? Definitely Road House Blues and Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. Road House Blues, I thought, would be streaky but it didn’t give me any problems. I used 2 coats for each polish but when I don’t think a 3rd coat would hurt.

What do you think? See any you like?

 

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

The story of How I Misundersniffed the Cedar ZumBar

Never in your life should you judge a bar of soap. Especially one that is as beautiful as this Cedar ZumBar. I first spotted this soap in Whole Foods months ago. I tend to lean towards woodsy scents so Cedar, I thought, would be up my alley.

Um no. It wasn’t. I sniffed it and was completely turned off at how it smelled like a jungle. Branches ‘an all. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when a Soap Hope referral landed me a free bar of soap, I found myself glaring at Indigo Wild’s Cedar ZumBar. Again. Something told me to give it a try and so when I got it in the mail, I couldn’t wait to take a bath with it. Even though the scent of it was still unfriendly to my nose.

Now I can’t stop using this soap! How is this possible? How can I go from totally hating the way this bar of soap smelled to being in love with it? It’s magic, I tell ya. Magic. On the skin, the Cedar goat’s milk soap smells a lot like a Chai tea. It is absolutely delightful and I am so glad I gave it  a try.

Stay tuned as a I review more beautiful and naturally nourishing soaps from Soap Hope.

Oh! I asked The Guy to give this soap a try and he really liked it. That said, ladies, if you want to get your guy something nice for the shower, consider this ZumBar. It’s Dude Approved! For more information about the amazing organization that is Soap Hope, click here.

And the world’s best tasting lip gloss goes toooo…

Why is it that every time I see the name C.O. Bigelow, I think of the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo? I know, I know…how awful, am I? They have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other but guess which one rocks more than the other?

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints, of course! Please tell me you’ve heard of these? Please oh please. These are some of my favorite lippies. And for good reason. They taste good!! Not that I purposely go around eating my lipglosses . Oh come on! Don’t act like you’ve never licked your lips and accidentally tasted your gloss. You KNOW you’ve done it. While incidents like this leave me with a sour stomach, C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints are surprisingly and pleasantly…yummy! You can find these tasty wonders at Bath & Body Works retailing for $7.50. Are they worth the price? I say so. They come in several shades. A few of them are super sheer and look great worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick for some added moisture. And others are opaque enough to actually be seen when worn solo.

(l-r) Ginger Mint, Plum Mint, Violet Mint

Check out that Ginger Mint. Sparkle galore, uh? You may have to do some re-applying as these aren’t the longest lasting glosses in the world, but what they WILL do is keep your lippies moisturized for hours at a time. The 100% natural mint flavor feels cooling on the lips and it’s one of those glosses that you likely won’t stop using, even if you’ve found another favorite.

I loves these and will be scooping some up as stocking stuffers for the holiday season. I know. That holiday season will be rolling around before we know it. In fact, I’ve got my eyes on the Holiday Shortbread Lip Tint. Dear Heavens, that sounds just wonderful. But don’t worry…it’ll be for my lips only. I won’t go around eating it.

I promise.

Have you tried any C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints?

Create a Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes avatar!

Okay, so technically I’ve already reviewed Lancôme’s Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara but when Glam asked me to highlight it and showcase the Doll Avatar app, I just HAD to re-review it. For the most part, Lancôme can do no wrong when it comes to mascaras. A good portion of the Lancôme’s mascaras that I have reviewed have high ratings and Hypnose Doll Lashes is one of ‘em. I mean honestly…what’s NOT to love about this mascara? The brush not only allows you to get those pesky and teeny tiny lashes, but the formula is superb and lasts throughout the day. Granted not as long as I’d like it to but  good enough. The latter is totally important for a gal like me who doesn’t even entertain the idea of keeping mascaras in her makeup bag for re-applying throughout the day.

This is also one of my favorite Lancôme mascaras simply because it omits parabens and synthetic fragrances and dyes. While I try to review whatever the Clumps kids ask me to, my preference is brands that are conscious enough to keep the bad stuffs out. 3 cheers for Lancôme! Oh! And if you’re on Facebook (because let’s face it…you are, ha!) check out the Hypnose Doll Lashes app. With a few clicks, you can create  funky lil’ avatar.

I can’t say mine looks anything like me but they didn’t have loc’d hair as hair option. Still…give it a whirl. It brought me back to my  playing doll house days. Fun fun fuuuuun!

Have you tried Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara yet? Are you lovin’ it?

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The 1st Doll Lash Look by Lancôme: a volumized, full lash fringe for a wide-eye look. Lancôme’s most flirtatious mascara lifts, thickens and precisely defines even hard-to-reach corners and lower
lashes beautifully. Visit Lancome’s Facebook page to create your own Doll avatar.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Lancôme via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lancôme.

 

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb mascara

Have y’all heard about this mascara or am I the only loser late to the party? I was browsing Clinique’s site one day only to come across this little gem. And don’t you just love how blunt the name of the mascara is. Forget all the frilly adjectives here, folx. Clinique straight up told us ‘You brush, then comb’. I am lovin’ the keep it real-ness. But is the mascara just as straight up? Let’s find ouuuuut.

Price: $14.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Now brush, comb. Create. Brush-side coats with dramatic colour. Comb-side separates to perfection. Transforms each and every lash with extreme length and definition. Ophthalmologist tested. (source)

The Truth: Seriously Clinique…this is why you rock.

What I Loved About It: This one is easy. The wand, the wand, the wand!!

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t even have any complaints. I’m just…shocked and amazed. Well, I take that back. The formula is a little on the thick side.

Overall: I love reviewing mascaras with supe cool wands. A wand can often make or break a mascara’s performance. Even if you’ve got the best formula dumped inside a gorgeous tube, if the wand is the pits, chances are the mascara will suck. Unfair, I know but that’s just how it is in the mascara game.

Clinique has ingeniously combined the best of both worlds of a wand, a brush and a comb. I like both. I thought the comb-like wand on Maybelline Lash Sylist (RIP) was great. To see a comb incorporated alongside a brush is just like…OMG, amazing!

And the #1 reason why I’m so giddy about this mascara wand is because I think it incredibly diverse. If you have issues applying mascara mascara with a traditional wand, the comb is just a turn of the wrist away. Do I agree with the brush first and then comb secondly aspect? Why…yes, I do! Brushing the lashes first allows you gently coat and elongate them. Combing them afterwards then allows you to separate evenly. Have you ever had a mascara that gave great volume and length but after a coat or two, it was a hot clumpy mess? I run into that problem quite frequently. And what sucks more is when you try to sort out the clumps, you’re left with a mess so big that you’re better off removing the mascara and starting over. Clinique High Definition allows you to comb through the clumps (should you have them) and elongate your lashes even more. It’s perfect!

I did find the formula of the mascara a bit on the thick side but nothing that the comb can’t tweak. A thick formula can also lead to flakiness and hard lashes, but surprisingly I didn’t run into those issues.

 

Bare Lashes


 1 coat using the brush


Combed after brush

 

 

….and all together now.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Oh yeah! Especially if you have wonky lashes that need some straightening out. This mascara is perfect for the job.

 

Am I the only crazy gal that is just now discovering this mascara? Have you tried it yet?

For my Miami beauties: Paco Rabanne One Million & Lady Million Consumer Fragrance event

While I have  yet to smell the fabulousness that is this fragrance, I have heard nothing but amazing things from guys and gals who have been honored to give it an official sniff test and wear. I know I am totally last minute in letting my favorite people in Miami know about this event but if you are able to hit up one of the events, please do so! Who knows what goodies and surprises may be in store?

Join Paco Rabanne fragrances for a surprise “gold rush” on Saturday, September 24th at the following locations:

Macy’s Westdade (19575 Biscayne Blvd) at 12:00pm
Macy’s Westdade (1405 NW 107th Ave) at 1:30pm
Macy’s Dadeland (7404 North Kendall Drive) at 3:15pm
Sephora Miami Beach (721 Collins Avenue) at 5:00pm

I’m in Orlando this weekend so I can’t make it. *tears* But if you do, I’d love to hear about it.

LUSH’s AvoBath Bath Bomb

Yep, I’m back with another one. This bath bomb smells like avocados. No, I’m kidding. How loco would it be if it did though? But it does contain fresh avocados and lemongrass essential oil. Lemongrass is by far one of my top favorite essential oils. This bomb is also infused with olive oil; a plus for ladies with super dry skin. AKA moi.

But it isn’t my favorite bath bomb. It smells just okay but I didn’t leave the tub feeling all silky smooth like I’ve felt after using other bath bombs. It wasn’t a total waste because I absolutely loved how green it made the water.

Yes, the little things amuse me. It was a good $6.95 but I wanted more from this bomb. It definitely can’t beat my favorite bath bomb. Oh well, off I go to try another one. Have you tried this bath bomb from LUSH? What say you?

Get additional deets about it here.