Mascara Monday: Rimmel Volume Accelerator mascara

Anything that starts with Rimmel and ends in Accelerator gets me just a liiiittle excited. Remember Rimmel Lash Accelerator? That mascara not only held a special place in my heart because it was my 100th review but also because, um…it was an amazing mascara. And I do mean amazing! I loved it so much that I ended up giving away 10 of them.  Will its volume promising sister give me the same results?

Price: $8.99
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: What the heck, Rimmel? This is not good. This isn’t good at all.

What I Loved About It: Even though the application sucked, it did okay with lasting all day.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula was far too watery.

Overall: Oh no. I didn’t want to NOT like this mascara. I had such high hopes considering Rimmel LASH Accelerator was one dynamite mascara. Surely the sequel would be just as good, right? Wrong. Even if it’s volume, length or both that you seek, you’re better off getting it from either Lash Accelerator or Extra WOW Lash mascaras. It’s just that simple. There were many attributes that made this mascara fail for me. First let’s get on the oopy goopy formula.

I found the formula to be extremely watery. I mean, reallllly watery. It was one of the most wateriest (wait, is that a word?) mascaras that I’ve ever used. Just like a mascara that has a thick formula, application can be extremely tricky and sometimes impossible. Watery mascaras can result in the formula seeping in your eyes, and if you have sensitive eyes, you may endure burning and/or eye irritation. Not cool, uh? Lucky I didn’t experience any of those, but I found it tough to apply the mascara. It took for ever to completely coat the lashes and when I did, I barely noticed. Then there was the tube.

‘elllo doooown thereeeee. I call the super large holes in mascaras the dreaded Black Abyss. This is what happens when there is no stopper in the packaging. This can be a chronic case in ALL Rimmel Volume Accelerator mascaras  or perhaps just the one that I have. Either way, it isn’t pleasant and it can be a bit on the unsanitary side as every time I dipped the wand in the tube, I had to remove it and widp off the residue. Yucky. And then there’s the wand…

It’s just…massive. Wands like these are just so unfriendly. Guys and gals with smaller lashes and lids will struggle with trying to get the inner corners. Every time I tried to apply it, I ended up getting a mess load of mascara on my lower lashline . I spent a lot of time cleaning up after application. And so even after you’ve gotten past the watery formula, Black Abyss and massive wand, the mascara won’t provide the kind of volume you would expect having gone through all of that work. It will look mediocre at best. And that boys and girls makes me sad. :(

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nope. If you’ve got a volume mascara that you already like, stick with that. Or, if you really want to try it, catch it when it’s on sale.

Have you tried any of the mascaras in the Accelerator line? What do you think about ’em?

Eczema sucks but Curel saves the day!

You know how some people have that super soft almost baby soft kind of skin? Yeah well…that ain’t me. In fact, my skin, for most of the year, is usually attacking me. With what, you ask? Gee, where to start? From the acne on my face, to the hypergimentation on my chest, the eczema on my arms and dermatitis down my back, you would think that with all of pampering I give my skin, it would act right soooome of the time. But no. The good thing is, I’ve managed to get my eczema under control thanks to Curel’s Itch Defense.

When it comes to lotions, I am picky beyond picky. I can’t just put anything on my sensitive skin. I usually opt for grapeseed oil in the summer and shea butter in the winter simply because I know they’ll keep my skin moisturized throughout the day. What they won’t do, however, is keep the super itchy skin at bay. But I know what will!

Even a picky gal like myself can get down with this lotion.

This fragrance-free lotion has managed to keep the itches and flaky skin that is mine at bay. How this is even possible is beyond me! I’ve used dermatologist-recommended products that didn’t work. Itch Defense has been so dynamic that I’ve even overlooked the ingredients list.

Again, the lotion snob that is me is careful about what she puts on her skin and while I usually like to go for paraben-free products, I have found so much relief with Itch Defense that I really don’t even care. My experience with many drugstore lotions that promise to alleviate itchy skin is that a lot of them are watery. Not Itch Defense.

 

It’s a creamy and fluffy lotion that not only feels soothing but lasts throughout the day.

Impressive. Curel’s lotions are usually more expensive than most drugstore lotions and this one is no exception. But $7.99 is just a small price for such an amazing and healing lotion. I’ve already purchased 2 more just to make sure that I don’t run out. Yep, it’s that serious.

Where are my eczema suffers? Have you tried any lotions from Curel?

Giveaway Winner! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, part III

Congrats to our winner of the Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body wash giveaway.

Tammy in Virginia is going to score both full sized Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, a gift card to treat herself to a pedicure, a fabulous scarf AND beach bag.

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, darlings. I will be doing TWO more giveaways of Caress goodies in the next few months. Stay tuned!

 

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.