The best lip pencils! Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters

Oh  Tarte. You certainly know your way to a girl’s hearts. Have you gals seen these things yet? Oh my words…they are incredible!

We all know how much I love Tarte. As one of my favorite brands evaaaaa Tarte is always giving us something innovative, practical and au naturale. These Lip Lusters fall right in the “Tarte is cool” congo line. This isn’t Tarte’s first time doing lip pencils. I never got a chance to try them but they have similar lip pencils with a matte finish. I’m all for matte lippies but lately my lips have been so ridiculously dry that the last thing I need to be using is a matte lipstick or gloss.


The Lip Lusters, however, are different. They have pops of glitter and are nice and moisturizing. Really! I don’t even have to wear a lip balm prior to applying these lippies. And that hardly ever happens. If you aren’t a fan of shimmer, worry not because the shimmer isn’t overwhelming. I also LOVE the peppermint scent and taste of these. If I’m going to have a scent and taste to my lip products, I prefer it to be peppermint.


Pouty just happens to be my favorite of the bunch. Described as a berry, it’s the one shade that has a permanent place in my makeup bag.


Pardon my silliness. Almost 5 years of beauty blogging and I still haven’t figured out how to take nice pictures of my lips. It’s like the most difficult feat ever. Glisten is a peach and one of the two nude-y shades in the bunch. It adds a bit of sparkle to my natural lip color.


Frisky is described as a bright pink but it really doesn’t appear that bright on my lips. I’d say it’s a baby pink. Pretty and pink.


Fever is a red and it’s my second favorite. It’s not a screaming ‘out there’ red. It is subtle enough to wear comfortably at work and gorgeous enough to rock to Happy Hour too. IF I went to Happy Hour. Y’all know I don’t drink.

Adored is a light pink that is cool enough for even me to love.

These retail for $24 a pop and while pricey, I do think you get the most bank for your buck. You get a good amount of product in that tube…

I apply Pouty at least daily and have yet to re-sharpen it. Speaking of sharpening, it sharpens itself so no having to worry about finding a pencil sharpener large enough. Twist and turn…

Easy like Sunday morning. If you don’t feel so inclined to grab them all, I would definitely scoop up Pouty. I think it’ll like beautiful of folx of all skin complexions and shades.  And of course you can get these from Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

Have you tried any of these lippies yet?

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: My new favorite lip balm

Okay, uh…how do I say this without coming off  as being waaaay over the top? I pretty much found the best lip balm EVER in life. And I know some of y’all out there are going to laugh and be like, “Really B? You say that all the time.” And in a sense, I do. I am always on the hunt for the best of the best when it comes to lip balms. Most times, my lips are drier than the freaking Sahara Desert and so I’ve got to be on top of the balm game.

That said, I am wondering why I’ve never given Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment a chance. I’ve heard phenomenal things about it from fellow beauty bloggers but just never gave into purchasing it.

Why?

Oh yeah. Because it retails for $22.50 that’s why. Cheapy McBritty over here (that’s me) can’t justify spending that much on a lip balm. Especially when so many good ones cost way less. But with some extra pennies in my pocket, I decided…”Why not?” After all, it would take way more than $22 to break me. More like $30. 8)

Dear Heavens, this is the BEST balm ever. Have I said that already? Please excuse my repeat phrases, but seriously guys and gals, you NEED this balm in your life. There was a reason why Julia recommended it to me. There is a reason why it has so many positive reviews on Sephora. This balm is fantastic!

Pros
-It’s paraben-free with no synthetic dyes and no phthalates
-The packaging is awesome! It’s a like a grown up lip balm
-It doesn’t have a horrible taste
-Has a nice and subtle scent. Very subtle
-It contains SPF 15
-It applies beautifully with a thick and super moisturizing consistency

Cons
-Super expensive for a lip balm
-You may have to reapply often
-You don’t get enough product for the price

Despite the Cons, I’d buy this balm over and over again. In fact, I need to buy some for work, home, my car and purse. Don’t worry. I won’t send myself to the poor house on account of purchasing balms. But if I did, it would be Fresh’s fault. Here’s to hoping they have a holiday set! They also have these in tinted shades and of course I need them all. Why so ‘spensive, Sugar lippy? I need y’all to be recession-friendly so I can hoard you all!!

Have you tried any of these lip balms?

Amor de Lacquer: Layla Magnetic nail polish review

Ohmigoodness. I’m in love. Judge me all you want, but yes. Yours truly is in love with a nail polish. And I don’t really care what people say about. Forget matte nail polishes. Forget crackles and glitters too. I’d give them all up if it meant only having magnetic nail polishes for the rest of my life.

Now I know magnetic nail polish isn’t anything new. I know that Lancome released one some time ago. As did L’Oreal. It looks as if magnetic nail polishes are making a comeback, and I for one, can not be happier. Here’s the thing about these kids though:

-The cost quite a bit ($16 USD)
-They are hard to find in stores
-Shipping can be costly

While Nails Inc. has released gray and purple magnetic polishes at Sephora, I have yet to actually find these in stores. It has taken everything in me to not spend over $30 (not including shipping) on two bottles of polish. But I couldn’t hold out any longer. I searched on Amazon and before I knew it I was purchasing Layla Magneffect Magnetic in Purple Galaxy.

 

Bottom line: Is this worth $16?

YES, yes and YES!!!! And this is coming Cheapy McBritty here. This polish has such an amazing and beautiful finish that I could stare aimlessly at my nails for minutes at a time. The concept is easy. The magnet sits at at the top of the handle.

The polish is thick in consistency, which you will later find out, is a good thing.

In order to get the magnet to work correctly, you HAVE to apply a generous amount of polish. I find that applying a thin first coat and then a nice and thick second coat is the best way to go. Immediately following that second coat, flip the polish top over the nails (be careful not to smudge) and within seconds, lines will appear.

It really is magic. It takes no more than 1-3 seconds for the magnet to do its work. The best way to get the BEST appearance is by using the magnet after applying the second coat to each nail. So it’s Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet-Polish-Magnet.

The results are stunning, uh?


I want more. I think I’ll wait for Sephora’s Friends & Family deal before I snag one from Nails Inc. You can find several retailers selling Layla Magneffect Magnetic nail polish. And we can only hope that other nail polish brands will soon release magnetic polishes at a more affordable price.

So whatcha think? Want to give magnetic nails a try?

 

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

Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Wish Nets

Ooooh, how pretty!

I first reviewed Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips here and this is my first time playing around with them again. The Wish Nets design is one of 5 limited edition Halloween designs.

I forgot how tricky these kids can be. Then again I do have extra long and wide nail beds. Still. I love how this looks.

You can find these at your local drugstore. Or you can get them from Ulta.com for $9.99. Snag ’em quickly though. They are limited edition and won’t be around for long.

Have you tried these nail strips yet?

L’Occitane, L’Occitane. How I love thee, L’Occitane.

I absolutely love L’Occitane. I love saying their name. I love walking into the stores and I absolutely adore the packaging of their products. I am in complete and total shock that I have yet to try their World Famous hand cream. Wellllls, I finally got my hands on it (hehe, no pun intended). I can totally see why just about everyone who tries it loves it.

Isn’t the packaging just beautiful? The limited edition packaging  for the Shea Butter collection, which includes Ultra Rich Body Cream, Hand Cream and Lip Balms are inspired by Bogolan traditional fabrics. I love when beauty products and packaging have some kind of meaning behind them.

But that’s not it…the scent of these products also come from an inspiration; more specifically flowers that are indigenous to the African continent. Desert Rose from Morocco, Hibiscus from Egypt and Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast are pleasantly placed in the Shea Butter collection products. Let’s rap about the Hand Cream first.

Retailing at $26 for 5.2 oz and $10 for 1 oz, this is perhaps L’Ocittane’s post popular product. Rightfully so. With a faint hint of hibiscus, this hand cream will find a permanent spot in my makeup bag. Yes, it’s a bit on the pricey side but if you don’t mind making a splurge on a skincare product, I’d definitely snag this hand lotion. The consistency is creamy and totally ash bashing.

It leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling greasy. It is absolutely perfect. Even more so because it’s an actual hand cream.

Meaning it fits in your hands; making it perfect for purses, pockets and briefcases. And then there’s the lip balm ($12)…

At first glance, this balm looks a lot like the hand cream. Even after you pop the top, it looks exactly like the hand cream.

I’m not digging that as a lip applicator. It doesn’t make application difficult, but it isn’t ideal. Lip applicators should be smooth, gentle and pleasant. This one, on the other hand, isn’t as pretty. In fact, I much prefer to put a bit on my finger and then apply on the lips. Which, of course, isn’t exactly sanitary. The consistency of the balm is a lot like Carmex.

It isn’t super thick nor is it super thin. It sits comfortably in the middle. I will say, though, the smell and fragrance are 10x better than that of Carmex. It’s a nice long-lasting balm that I think is great for every day use.

As if I needed another reason to love L’Occitane.

You can snag these from Loccitane.com.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for the contextual link listed in this post.

Mascara Monday: Mark Lash All You Want High Volume mascara

I always feel like throwing a welcome party every time I review a brand that’s new to Clumps. And then I feel all bad because I’m like…”Why haven’t I tried this brand before?”. That’s just one of the many guilts us beauty bloggers have. But sadness I will not feel in celebrating Mark and their mascara with an uber cool name.

Price: $10 from a Mark salesperson or online
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per MeetMark.com

Instantly add up to 12X the volume in just one coat! Unique brush has bristles at the tip to get at the tiniest lashes.

The Truth: Not bad. Not exceptionally good either though.

What I Loved About It: It has a realllllly nice wand.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: You’ve heard of Mark, haven’t you? Similar to Avon and Mary Kay, Mark (or Meet Mark), Mark is sold online and from Independent Sales Representatives. Rep Tiffany was gracious enough to send me this mascara to review. In return, I decided to plug her the best way I could. 8) Mark’s products seemed to be geared to the younger gals of the makeup world. Where your Mom may love Mary Kay and your slightly younger Aunt may love Avon, you and your younger sister may love Mark. I may be off here but keep in mind, these are just my observations. I happen to love some of the goodies that Mark has to offer and I’m glad I could break the brand in with a mascara.

Just how awesome is the name Lash All You Want? It makes me giggle. The mascara, however, is just okay. I didn’t get a ton of volume or length, but what it did provide was okay. If you’re a lover of everyday-wear mascaras and mascaras that give a little somethin’ without being too dramatic, this mascara will be up your alley. It is a bit on the flaky side so your best bet is to go slowly with applying the coats. If you let the coats dry before applying a second or third coat, clumpiness and flakiness will be in your near future.

I’ve come to understand that not ALL mascaras have to give insane volume and length for them to be decent mascaras. Such is the case with Lash All You Want. Oh, and excuse my lids. They are a bit swollen due to my allergies.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure! While I prefer bigger and badder lashes, if you’re a lover of something not AS dramatic, this mascara may work for you.

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

Amor de Lacquer: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri jewel toned polishes

I absolutely loved this collection from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. My living room and bedroom follow a similar color palette with the jewel toned burgundies and golds, and this collection was totally up my alley. Like most of Sally Hansen’s nail products, these are difficult to find. But if you do manage to spot them at your local drugstore, don’t think twice about gettin’ them. I don’t think these will be around for long.

 

Quick Brick is a jewel toned burgundy and hands down one of my favorite polishes ever. This is absolutely stunning on nails. It looks like sparkling garnet jewels. Just gorge!

 


Teal-y Fast is fabulousity in a bottle. If you are a teal lover, this is a polish that you HAVE to have.

 


Bronze Ablaze is just what the name says. A bronze. It looks interesting on my skin complexion.

 


Presto Pewter is a silver that you’ve probably seen before. I can never get enough silver polishes though.

 


Cocoa A-Go-Go reminds me of a hair color that I once had. It has sparkles of gold and bronze. Without those sparkles, it would probably be a milk chocolate brown but the sparkles give it lots of personality.

 


Ruby Rush is my second favorite. It’s a stunning shade that has neon magenta sparkles that is overshadowed by its dark base.

 


Grapescape is such a beautiful purple. I’ve never been a fan of purple but shades like this make me change my mind. And my poor camera. It was having a hard time capturing the essence of this purple. It is rich and deep and while it looks dark in the bottle, it looks phenomenally purple on the nails.

 

I used only 2 coats for each polish. The formula on these are fantastic. In fact, you could probably get away with only one coat. Wear time is always good for Insta-Dri. And since I’ve got those long and wide nail beds, the large brush (similar to OPI’s Pro Wide brush) is perfect for me. You can get these for under $8 anywhere Sally Hansen nail polishes are sold.

See any you like?

 

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

A Dragon’s Blood bar of soap?

Yup. I’m back with a pretty soap from Soap Hope. I am probably the weirdo in my neighborhood because who really goes around taking pictures of bars of soap chillin’ in wood chips? A beauty blogger, that’s who! And I have no shame in my game. Plus, I always feel like “natural products” look so much better in natural settings. Know what I mean?

This is another wonder from Indigo Wild’s ZumBars. Have you ever heard of Dragon’s Blood? Yeah…well, me neither. It’s a tree resin. And contrary to the name, it doesn’t really come from the blood of a dragon. At least I hope not. Even if it does, though…it smells just wonderful. I’m a gal who loves woodsy scents and this bar is giving me that and more.

Plus I found it to be one of the few ZumBar soaps whose scent lasts for quite some time. Of the three that I’ve tried, I think this one may be my favorite.

Not that I’d toss my Cedar and Citrus Mint away. Will forever love Soap Hope for making these soaps affordable.