Want skin that smells like Strawberries & Milkshake?

Look at that pretty body butter thingy. It’s darling, uh? I’ve been spotting I Love… Cosmetics and have kept my eyes on their cutesy pieces. Popular and well known in the UK Canada, the brand I Love… reminds me of someone. Philosophy, that’s who! With similar packaging and flavor-esqe scents, I was hoping that I Love..’s products were just as nice as Philosophy’s.

Good news is, they kinda are. I tested the Moisturizing Body Butter ($7.99) and while I’m not a fan of fruity scents, I have to admit, it smells pretty good. And the consistency is whippy and creamy.

The Strawberries & Milkshake scent is pretty dead on but it isn’t overpowering. It lightly scents the skin but won’t leave you smelling like a strawberry field and dairy farm. The body butter feels good on the skin too.

It isn’t watery and sinks into the skin nicely. While this isn’t a butter that I could regularly wear (you know, with my skin issues and all), this will make for a perfect holiday gift for my sisters. I Love… also has other fantastic scents like Blueberries & Smoothie, Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya and Raspberry & Blackberry. They also have a slew of other lovely goodies including shower gels, hand creams and balms.

Keep your eyes peeled for this kid. Duane Reade, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS  should ’em.

Mascara Monday: Clinique Lash Building primer

Ah yesss….mascara primers. While us mascara lovers can make use of any mascara item, the average beauty consumer may not get the point of mascara primers. Are they worth my extra pennies? Shouldn’t my mascara provide enough volume and length on their own? What’s the real purpose of mascara primers? And how good is this one by Clinique? Warranted questions indeed. I’ll do my best to answer them in this review of Clinique’s Lash Building primer.

Price: $13.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Clinique.com

Lash-conditioning undercoat boosts the benefits of Clinique mascaras. Unique polymer combination holds mascara to lashes for a longer, fuller look and extended wear. Moisturizing formula helps condition and mend dry lashes. Ophthalmologist tested.

The Truth: It actually does what it says it’s going to do. Oftentimes a rarity in a lot of mascara claims.

What I Loved About It: It was easy to apply and the formula did not make mascara application thick and clumpy.

What I Didn’t Like: You have to work quickly. Once it dries, it makes applying your first coat of mascara pretty tricky.

Overall: Mascara primers. For the longest, I didn’t see the point of these. And to be quite honest, I think we’d be okay without them. Yes, I do agree that a mascara should be good enough on its own. But, if you don’t mind the extra few pennies and really want to enhance the look of your mascara, then splurging on this mascara primer isn’t a bad idea. My favorite attribute about it is how it doesn’t change the formula of your mascara. Some primers can make application difficult. Mascaras that weren’t clumpy are suddenly difficult and tricky to apply. Not the case with Clinique’s Lash Building primer. I tried this with both a Clinique mascara and another brand mascara and got the same results. The formula for both mascaras wasn’t changed a bit. Coolness! The wand is nice.

Nothing special. No tricks and frills. I do love how the wand has bristles that are stiff. This allows you to really get up and through those lashes. Coating your lashes with the primer does the prep work for your mascara. Instead of your having to use your mascara to separate and elongate lashes, the primer does it. When applying your first coat of mascara, your lashes already have a good amount of volume and length to them. Having a primer is great in that instead of applying 2-3 coats of a mascara, with a primer’s use you may only need to apply one.

But there is a downside. You have to work quickly after applying the primer. While its initial application is creamy and pleasant, it can harden up a bit if you wait too long to apply your first coat. This won’t wreck anything but it can make applying difficult.

Do you NEED a mascara primer? Not really. Especially if you feel like your current mascara gives you what you want. But if you feel like your mascara needs an extra push and don’t mind spending a good $13, I would definitely give this primer a try.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after applying primer

 Both lashes have 2 coats of mascara. Primer was applied to the lashes on the left.


Do I recommend it?: Yep! I likes it!


What do you think about mascara primers? Cool or pointless?

Butter London Yummy Mummy: An Ode to Paula Deen

This is my first Butter London nail polish. *squeals* Wanna know the best part? I didn’t even purchase it! I went to a nail polish blogger meetup and us gals not only had a wonderful time chit chatting, but we also brought some polishes to trade. Considering we all take nail polish pretty seriously, I knew I’d end up with some REALLY nice stuff, but that was a total understatement. I ended up with some GREAT stuff. Including this kid.

It’s kinda crazy that I like it because I’ve never really been a fan of these kind of shades. It’s a nude-y beige with a bit of gold shimmer in it. I’ve seen pictures of it before online but never on brown skin.

I guess it’s okay. It looks a little pink-y in the shadow.

I’m not super in love with the color. I’m just happy to have my first Butter London polish. I love saying the word butter. Butter butter butter. I must be Paula Deen’s long lost niece.

I die a little bit every time I see that picture. I freaking love me some Paula Deen.

Green Cosmetics for the Tween in Your Life

Aren’t these lippies just darling, darling? They’re cheap, free of preservatives and geared towards the teeny boppers of the world. Just how cute is that?

About 80% of the products I review on Clumps are paraben-free. And why? While I haven’t omitted every single chemical from my beauty shelves, I at least want to feature products that are less harsh on your skin. We can argue all day on whether or not parabens and phthalates are really harmful, but my goal is to put products on your radar that have less of a chance of hurting that beautiful skin of yours. Add GeoGirl to the list. This line contains lipglosses, lipsticks, moisturizes, eyeshadows and liners that are perfect for the tween in your life.

Okay, granted I’m not anyone’s Mama yet (wipes brow) so I don’t know the “appropriate” age for introducing cosmetics in a girl’s life. I love how this line makes it easy. Take this gloss for example…

Retailing for $4.29, Tutti Fruiti is a nice sheer gloss with just a hint of shimmer and color. And by hint, I mean you can hardly see it.

Raspberry (purple shade), Tutti Fruiti (pink shade)


Which is probably a good thing for Moms who aren’t ready for their daughters to walk around with bright glosses. The consistency feels nice and while the staying power isn’t the longest, I’m pretty sure your 13-year old isn’t too pressed to only wear cosmetics with 12-hour staying power. Then there are lipsticks…


(l-r) Strawberry Fields, Bubblegum

They may be too cool for my complexion but I think they are dainty enough for the tweenies. Also less than $5, these lipsticks come in beautiful cardboard packaging. Each product comes with lots of e-tips.

And of course the ingredient list is right up my alley. 😉

I think I’ll be getting my 13-year old baby sis some of these for stocking stuffers. You can snag these from Drugstore.com and Walmart store locations.

Amor de Lacquer: Color Club Pride: Live Your Life in collection

What’s better than gorgeous nail polishes? Gorgeous nail polishes that have beautiful toppers and donate proceeds to great charities. Color Club Pride collection is alllllll of that. The Live Your Life benefits New York-based AIDS charities. I absolutely love the concept behind this collection and I am even more in love with the polishes. By the way, all of these polishes (except for Not Just For Kelly) are existing polishes in the Color Club clan.




P is for Pride is your average fire engine red polish. It has more blue in it than red. There’s nothing unique about it but it’s still purty.


Polish For All is a neon orange. It took a good 3 coats to straighten this out and it was one of the best neon polishes that I’ve used.


Dress for the Parade is a super duper yellow. It’s a 4-coater and can be a little on the the thick side but it’s beautiful nonetheless.

Not Just For Kelly is an amazing green. It took a good 3 coats to reach an opaque finish but it’s a beautiful and flawless green creme.


Boys Wear Blue is a bright blue. Can’t wait to top glitter on top of this kid.


Express Yourself is going to look blue-y since my camera doesn’t capture purples well but really it’s a one of the best purple cremes I’ve seen. And I’ve seen A LOT of gorgeous purple polishes.

It’s been awhile since I’ve played around with Color Club and this collection is a great “Welcome Back” treat. The consistency of the polishes were a bit on the water side (hence why some of the polish ran to my cuticles) but using a liberal amount and doing slow strokes helps with application. Oh! And as far as the handles…


They’re plastic and can be removed. I won’t be removing mine though. The collection retails for a steep $48 and you can snag it from ShopColorClub.com.



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

LUSH Halloween bath goodies

I love how LUSH gets all giddty about holidays. I’m not all that crazy about Halloween, but I just had to have that adorable Pumpkin Soap. Doesn’t that cutesy bubbly bar make you want to jump in the tub?

I mean…you should always want to jump in the tub, but it’s great to have incentives. For $6.95, this soap is fantastic. Laced with clove, cardamom, spearmint and fresh pumpkin, the Pumpkin Soap also includes cinnamon. As I showered, that was the the prominent smell. I also got a hint of ginger which made me crave for ginger snaps like you wouldn’t believe. The best thing? The cute pumpkin face lasted after 2 weeks worth of washin’. Weeee! Oh, and if you aren’t a  fan of long-lasting scents, you’ll love Pump even more. While bathing and showering will fill your bathroom up with gingery goodness, you can rest assured that the scent fades away a bit. It is slighty fragrant on the skin but it isn’t overpowering. Which, for me, is a relief. I love ginger snaps but I don’t really want to go around smelling like them. You can grab Pump from LUSH stores and LUSH online. And then there’s the Calavera Bath Bomb.

Y’all know just how much I love bath bombs. While Twilight bath bomb will be my forever, favorite Calavera isn’t too shabby either. Per LUSH, “Calaveras (skulls, in Spanish) are an iconic image for Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration that honors and respects the dead. We were so inspired last season by the idea that this time of year could be filled with love instead of scary creatures, we invented a line of Day of the Dead products.

Pretty cool, uh?

If you know anything about bath bombs, you know that in addition to providing a luscious bath experience, they are are also entertainment for your bath water. Take Calavera for example. The second I dropped it in the water, it got to spinning and spewing colorful bits.

And then…

What the? For a second it looked like a bubble bee. Don’t laugh at me. I was recently stung TWICE by a bee so now I’m totally on bee radar. I’ve had some random stuffs pop out of a bath bomb but I just knew LUSH wasn’t crazy enough to drop any bees in ’em. A closer look revealed something more.

Marigold petals! Oooh okay, I get it. A good 2 minutes later and the the bathwater was lime green.

It’s a zesty bath bomb that is definitely the pick me up. If you’re a lover of fruity lime scents, you’ll dig this bath bomb. It goes for $5.95 and you can get it from LUSH stores and LUSH.com.

Both of these Halloween goodies are limited edition. Grab ’em before they’re gone!

Wet ‘n Wild SaGreena the Teenage Witch polish

So I thought about it…do I ALWAYS have to only do nail polish posts in the Amor de Lacquer series? Nope! From now on, I’ll be sprinkling random nail polish posts all over. Sound good?

How awesome is this baby?

There are two great things about Wet ‘n Wild polishes:
-They cost no more than $2 a pop
-They have excellent shade selections.

Have you seen such a beautiful emerald? It took a good 3 coats to reach an opaque finish but this is hands down one of my favorite greens. Who remembers Sabrina the Teenage Witch? I freaking loved that show. Sabrina and her Aunts…and Harvey. And that witty Salem. Growing up in the 1990’s rocked.

So yeah, add this green to your nail polish collection. Priced at $2, it won’t break the bank.

Mascara Monday: Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow waterproof mascara

Ah yessss, it’s Almay. The last time I reviewed a mascara by Almay, I wasn’t too happy. Let’s see if they can redeem themselves with their latest mascara.

Price: $8.49 from Ulta.com and drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: What the….

What I Loved About It: I think the mascara name is cute ‘n witty.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t really do anything.

Overall: Okay, seriously…what’s going on here? Almay, please have a seat. We have some things to discuss. Here’s the thing: if you are going to label a mascara as “waterproof”, that bad boy better be waterproof. Our eyes dependent on it. Waterproof mascaras are ideal for those of us with allergies and the last thing we need is for mascara to be falling in our eyes. This, of course, will result in eye irritation and it goes down hill after that. That said, Get Up & Grow was everything but waterproof. Within hours, it was flaking and just about disappeared. Like…what the what? Let me back up a bit, Almay. Let’s talk about the good attributes about the mascara. The wand isn’t bad…

There’s nothing exceptionally good or horrifically bad about it. It is average at best. I do wish the bristles were spread out a little better, but hey…it’s not the worst wand that I’ve seen.

The formula, however, simply wasn’t up to par. It was thick and unpleasant to use. I kept trying to sweep the wand through my lashes and simply couldn’t get much mascara on them. What DID manage to get on them was minimal and clumpy. Still. The flaking off hours later frustrated me. Usually when I have this bad of an experience, I chalk it up to being a bad tube. I certainly hope this was the case with Almay.


Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nope! Not at all.

So while I wasn’t too happy about this mascara, do you know what a better product from Almay is? Their Makeup Remover Sticks. I’m still lovin’ those. What do you think? Think I got a bad tube or is this mascara really this crappy?