NYC New York Color’s Designer Denim palette

With the holidays coming up, I’m going to be cranking out a ton of reviews and features of eyeshadow palettes. Between traveling and searching for stocking stuffers, portable eyeshadow suffers will so come in handy. First up NYC New York Color’s IndividualEyes Designer Design palette. While this was “created for brown eyes”, it will, of course work for everyone.

Oh, and when you see brands list products being for “brown eyes” or “green eyes”, please don’t think that you can’t wear them. Certain colors make can enhance brown and green eyes by making them pop. It’s not just a marketing ploy to get you to buy palettes but also a guide to help you look your bestest.  But enough of my rambling. Let’s check out this palette…


These palettes freaking rock my world. The color payoff of each shade is always super pigmented. And whatever isn’t can easily pop over a primer or base. I wanted to go for a bit of a dramatic look with this one.


With lots of blending, these colors will mesh together beautifully. For extra drama, I angled the shadow and drew my brow out a bit. Which, um…I NEVER do.

I don’t wear it much but I really love blue eyeshadow.

 And of course you can get this palette for a smokin’ $4.99 at drugstores.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blue eyeshadows?

A Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strip is a man’s best friend.

Sooooo, he’s going to kill me for saying it but The Guy has an insanely flaky nose that is ridden with whiteheads. But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is…he won’t let me do anything about it! He’d rather walk around with a flaky nose than have his beauty blogger of a girlfriend help him out. Men, I tell ya. He wouldn’t let me take pictures, but his nose knew no safety with me and my pack of Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips.

If you thought I loved the Clarifying Detox mask, brace yourself because these strips are a close 2nd in “Things I Love From Boscia”. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried nose strips. I remember when they first came out. The commercials had me begging Mama Clumps to scoop up a pack of them for me. When she finally did, I wasn’t impressed. Granted I was just 14 or 15 had didn’t know WHAT I was looking for, but still…underwhelmed teenagers turn into underwhelmed beauty bloggers. It’s a been a good 10 years since I’ve tried these and I considering I absolutely LOVE Boscia, I knew I would love these.

Just as I thought, they didn’t disappoint. Sans the preservatives including parabens, sulfates and the like, the strips do a fantastic job at thoroughly removing dirt and oil from clogged pores. A box of 6 strips will run you $15, which to me, is a good price point. After all, you don’t have to use these that often. Twice a month at best.

According to Sephora,

“Each adhesive strip attracts pore-clogging dirt and oil. Its full-contact delivery system instantly applies charcoal powder, an ingredient that draws out impurities and detoxifies the skin. Silica, a natural mineral, controls excess oil while witch hazel extract, a natural astringent, tightens pores. Effective yet gentle, additional botanical ingredients provide a soothing and cooling sensation upon adhesion. Skin is left exceptionally clarified.”

Why yes. Yes, it is. Exceptionally clarified is a bit of an understatement though.

I felt like I had a new nose after using these strips.

Pro’s
-Strip is wide enough to fit folx of all nose shapes, lengths and widths.
-While intended for the nose, you can probably use this anywhere on your face.
-Gentle enough for whiney guys to use.
-Free of fragrances.
-Works within minutes.

Con’s
-If you don’t wet the strip before removing, it can hurt a bit.
-May not be the best product for those with extremely sensitive skin.

The Guy won’t admit it, but these dramatically improved the skin around his nose. His nosey is clearer and those white heads are like…gone. He doesn’t know it yet, but I’ll be tossing these on his face at least once a month. Even if I’ve got to hold him down.

You can grab Boscia’s Pore Purifying Black Strips at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com.

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Muppets collection, Part 1-The Glitters

Ohmigoodness, look! The Muppets have a collection!

How groovy is that?

Now I’ll be honest. I never got into the Muppets. I don’t recall ever watching any of the movies. In fact, the only Muppets I remember are Muppet Babies that used to come on Nick Jr. in the 90’s. I know. I’m such a child. I still know the theme song too.

Someone out there is probably like, “OMG B, how did you not get into The Muppets?” Your guess is as good as mine. But whether I knew them or not doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that they’ve got a super cool nail polish collection. Let’s check out the glitters first.


Rainbow Connection  is total glitter bomb but you don’t need me to tell you that. Because the glitter in a clear base, I think 2 coats of RC would be fantastic over a darker polish. I’m still impressed at how well it does with 3 coats by itself though. I like this kid way more than I like Deborah Lippman’s Happy Birthday. Moreso Rainbow Connection is a lot cheaper.


Gone Gonzo. Look at that beautiful silver hex glitter! I don’t think I own any polishes that have hex glitters that stand out so much. Gone Gonzo is quite possibly my second favorite of the bunch simply because this glitter gave me an opaque finish with only two coats. Mind you, I did two THICK coats. It is still a sheer glitter.


Fresh Frog of Bel-Air. Such a cute and witty name, OPI. I see what you did there. 8) The emerald version of Gone Gonzo isn’t as opaque for me. I probably could have pushed it to the limit and applied a 4th coat, but I didn’t want to take it there. I can’t wait to see how this will look over an emerald polish.


Excuse Moi! is supposed to look like a hot pink but in reality, it’s more of a bright strawberry jelly pink on me. I think it’s fantastic. I used 3 coats for this baby too. If you look closely, the silver hex glitter looks to be smaller in comparison to the other glitters. Or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. I can never be sure. Plus, it isn’t sheer like its siblings. Score!


Divine Swine is a magenta glitter but depending on how you look at it, it can go for purple-ish too. DS layered over a dark purple polish would be sheer love. I can’t wait to try that combo.

Gettin’ Miss. Piggy Wit It. There goes another shade name that makes me giggle. Last but not least, GMPWI received 3 coats from me and will make a fantastic holiday color. This is red just screams “Christmas time”. Swine Christmas Time. Bahahaaaa! I crack myself up.

Like all glitters, these are a pain to remove. I have long stopped complaining about glitter nail polishes simply because, I love them. Don’t let the removal process of these turn you away from buying them. I do wish that they were all opaque but considering they are unique and have cool names, I can overlook the sheerness of some of ’em.

My must haves of the bunch:
-Gone Gonzo
-Rainbow Connection
-Excuse Moi!

I’m almost positive that Rainbow Connection will be the first one to sell out so if you find these, grab them with the quickness. They are in stores now.

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

Wet ‘n Wild Saved by the Blue nail polish

I love these cutesy nail polish names that Wet ‘n Wild have. They make me all nostalgic. I used to watch Saved by the Bell every morning while getting ready for school. I was like a junior and senior attending Lincoln High School and I wanted nothing more than to have the life of the kids at Bayside. Just as cool as Saved by the Bell is Saved by the Blue…

What a sick blue, yo. 2 coats and 1 top coat gave me this beauty. Stunning, right? Retailing for $2, it’s almost a sin to not own this. Especially with it being so cheap and all.

It almost reminds of Zoya’s Tart but I think Tart is just a liiiittle darker. While it has a bit of sparkle to it, Saved by the Blue could almost pass for a creme.

Well, maybe not. I don’t know. I’m really struggling to find the words to describe this epic polish here. This is when being a beauty blogger sucks.

Is it just me or is this blue just…blue-tiful?

Okay sorry. I had to do it. 8)

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.