The Best Nail Polish Top Coat Everrrr

I am such a snob, y’all. In the almost 7 years that Clumps of Mascara has been around, I have always used my own photos in posts. Every now and  then I’ll use a stock photo, but for the most part I use my own pics. It’s just how I roll. I like taking product photos that give readers an idea of how the product looks in real life. However, don’t judge me but today you’re getting a stock picture. And it’s only because I had this, used it, trashed it and forget to review it.

Manicure Booster
Image Source: Sephora.com

My bad. So yeah…how can I make this short and sweet? This Manicure Booster stuff is awesome. Buy it. No really. Buy it. Without putting you to sleep with its description, the Manicure Booster is really just a nail polish top coat on steroids. I have gone a week without having my nail polish chip on me when I’ve used this stuff. It’s just great.

And yeah, I know, the price tag of $21 has you all like “WTF…$21 for a nail polish top coat?” Yes, girl. I know. Sometimes the best things in life aren’t free. Or cheap. Sometimes you get what you pay for and if you get and pay for this, I guarantee that you’ll love it.

See this mani?

OPI Care To Danse

I have been wearing it since Friday night. It has not budged one bit. Impressive, no? I’ll be ordering more of this glorious polish as soon as payday Friday hits.

I know I’m not the only one that liiiiiiives for payday Friday. Friday is already pretty epic on its own but payday Friday? Giiiirl….

Poppin’ Pimples with Clinique

I’m 29 years old. And I get more acne now than I did when I was 19. Which is a cruel cruel trick. The crazy thing is…I take more care of my skin now than I did back then so you would think that my skin would be better, but yeah no.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Our beloved Clinique has recently launched their new Acne Solutions Clinical line and they say that the results of these products are as good as prescription acne drugs. Major claim, guys. I got a sample of the Clearing Gel and have been dabbing it on a pimple for the past few days.

Like many acne treatments, the main ingredient in this stuff is salicylic acid. The fragrance-free gel is lightweight, cooling and dries almost immediately after applying it to skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel packaging

I’m a bit surprised that Clinique is just now giving us a line of products specifically for targeting acne. In addition to helping prevent future breakouts, the gel also has sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents. Basically, if you’re looking for a mega acne busting gel, this stuff won’t disappoint.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel on skin

If you’ve never visited Clinique.com, check it out because the reviews on the site practically sell the products. I’m serious. The gel is relatively new so the reviews are being cranked out just yet but give it time.

This stuff is pretty awesome and if should be at your local Clinique counter now and on Clinique.com.

Soooo….who else is a grown woman with acne? I know I’m not the only one.

OPI Gwen Stefani nail polish Collection

When I first heard about OPI doing a collection with the iconic Gwen Stefani, I was all like…”What took so long?” I mean, honestly…she should have had her own collection a long time ago, am I right? I actually had to sit down and explain who No Doubt was to my coworker’s little sister the other day and uh…I felt old. No Doubt rocked my high school years. I played Rock Steady daily. Love.Angel.Music.Baby gave me life. Gwen is my girl and when I did cartwheels (lol, not really tho) when press samples of this 7-piece collection landed in my mailbox.

OPI Gwen Stefani collection

Let’s do a quick overview of these babies…

OPI I Sing In Color nail polish

I Sing In Color is a dark and vampy red. And even in the dark, it still looks red which is a big deal in my book. It reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ Lamestain and it is just as sweet in that it doesn’t bleed into my cuticles. LOVE!

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby nail polish

Love.Angel.Music.Baby is a gold matte with a satin-y formula and lemme tell you, I’ve never been a fan of golds but this one is goooorgeous. I’ve always been a fan of OPI’s satin formula. They do it beautifully. I’ve been meaning to do a look with this gold and black. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be?

OPI Hey Baby nail polish

Hey Baby is a bright pink creme and there really isn’t much to say about this this one. You know how I feel about pinks. They are all starting to look the same at this point….

OPI In True Stefani Fashion

In True Stefani Fashion is a silver glitter with a nice amount of holographic glitter dumped in. I layered it over Hey Baby and it adds a nice little sparkle. It’s just an average glitter, though. Definitely something that most nail polish lovers probably already own.

OPI 4 In The Morning nail polish

4 In The Morning is a black satin. This has been done before but as I’ve mentioned, no one does this satin nail polish formula like OPI. This is such a perfect fit for Gwen’s collection. It’s smooth, sexy and applies like a dream.

This collection also features Push and Shove, a silver chrome and Over & Over A-Gwen, a red creme. Push and Shove comes in a set with a base coat and the silver chrome. It’s a beautiful chrome but somehow I found the lasting power to be only so so. And we all know OPI does reds beautifully so Over & Over A-Gwen is just fantastic.

I love everything about Gwen so I would have loved more umph in this collection. I do like the use of various texture and formulas and the shade ranges are nice, but I don’t know…this is Gwen we’re talking about. I need some more shock factor!

This collection is currently available anywhere OPI is sold. I’ve spotted every shade at Ulta for $9. Push and Shove goes for $14.99 because it wants to be all fancy and whatnot.

Any Gwen lovers out there? What do you think? Did this collection do her justice?

WHAT? How Have I Not Tried Yes to Carrots?

First of all, I am a bit embarrassed at having never tried the brand Yes to Carrots. I mean, seriously? Am I deserving of the beauty blogger title? I’m not sure, girls. But when a press sample of this landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t help but get geeked up and here’s why…

Yes To Carrots

(1) It’s fragrance free and (2) It’s fragrance free!

People think I’m trying to be all hip and cool by preferring only fragrance free products, but I promise I’m not. Fragrances don’t bode well with my problematic skin and even if I didn’t have THOSE issues, I’ve got the “fragrance so strong that I’ve entered Migraine Hell” issue. I stopped wearing perfumes years ago simply because just a spritz would send my head a spiralin’. And so I can appreciate when brands that I love and respect cater to the fragrance free lovin’ guys and girls of the world.

I’ve reviewed several facial wipes so really these aren’t crazy different from those. However, I do think that the inclusion of beta carotene (from carrots) to help maintain skin’s softness is a fabulous addition. Also included is Vitamin E which assists in moisturizing the skin.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes fragrance free

As with most facial wipes, I would recommend using your makeup remover prior to using this. While it may do a good job with removing foundation, powder and lipstick, chances are your primary makeup remover will do a better job at removing the heavy duty stuff like waterproof mascara and eye shadow primer.

Yes To Carrots ingredients

Still. For $5.99 which will grant you 25 wipes, I think these are a perfect and budget-friendly option for those who have been wanting to try facial wipes. Aaaanad, you can easily find them at Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipe

Weeeee! Now I want to try the entire line-up of Yes to Carrots stuff. What should I try next?

Happy Valentine’s Day + Win A Box Of Chocolates and…Rosy Lips!

Oh darlings, how about a little something special this Valentine’s Day? I try very hard not to get all caught up with the commercialism of this holiday, but um, I love candy. And shoot, I don’t really need a holiday to buy myself a box of candy. Just sayin’.

Vaseline chocolates

The lovely people at Vaseline are gifting one of my readers this fabulooooous box of chocolates with a jar of Lip Therapy Rosy Lips. Remember that time I reviewed it?
Yes y’all. Chocolate and some Rosy Lips? It’s too much. I know, I know. Unfortunately, this giveaway is just for my U.S. readers. But stay tuned as I have something special for my International readers.

Box of Chocolate - Vaseline

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Reason #285 Why You Should Be Using Vaseline

Vaseline

Yep, it’s me again. Telling the world about the awesomeness that is Vaseline. Y’all know I’ve done this before. It’s what I do. Vaseline really could hire me because I go around bragging about them more times than I can count.

Through Popsugar, I was granted to the opportunity to not only be gifted with a nice box of goodies to use with my huge tub of Vaseline, but I was also inspired to do a video. Something I haven’t done since, well…uh, it’s just been awhile. Yeah. Obviously, it had to be one amazing product to get me to come out from under the “Ain’t Done A Video In Awhile” rock.

Did you know that Vaseline is fantastic at healing dry skin? So yes, it’s 75 degrees here in Florida, but when the temperature drops at night, my skin gets ridiculously flaky and dry. Vaseline is amaziiiiiiing at deeply moisturizing to heal dry skin. I reckon you guys and girls in snowy temps would so so benefit from the healing proprieties that Vaseline has.

Vaseline Jelly

And unlike other products, who shall remain nameless, Vaseline doesn’t sit topically on skin nor does it pass in and out of the top layer of skin too quickly. So yay for products that actually WORK when you apply them. Move out of the way, lotion water! I needs some Vaseline.

Check out my video to see how I used Vaseline. This has now become one of my favorite uses for the big V. And please be gentle, y’all. I’ll get my vlogging swag back. Oh, and please forgive me for using the word swag.


Pretty, cool, uh?

Other ways ways you can use Vaseline…

  • As a shaving treatment.
  • As a foot treatment.
  • As a makeup remover.
  • As a face treatment.

To get more information on the awesomeness that is Vaseline, check out their website.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vaseline Jelly through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Vaseline Jelly, all opinions are my own.

The Awesomeness That Is Katy Perry’s Killer Queen

Katy Perry Killer Queen fragrance

If  you know anything about me,  know that I love Katy Perry. In today’s music market you have so many people trying too hard. Katy Perry has raw natural talent and I appreciate that. I can put her music on when I am happy, sad and when I work out,  when I’m on a road trip and her music is. Katy Perry came out with her third perfume ,Killer Queen, in August and I am so excited that I received a sample to review.

Katy Perry Killer Queen perfume

So I know you’re reading this and saying “Of course YOU’LL love it, Courtney.” But really…it is actually a good perfume. I own Katy’s other perfumes, Meow and Purr, and Killer Queen is my favorite. It is a more adult perfume than the first two and has a nice floral scent. I love smelling good, but I have to be careful about what perfumes I use because I will get a migraine by the simplest smell. Killer Queen doesn’t give me a migraine at all. Aaaand, it lasts all day.

Katy Perry

Oh, and I have been getting compliments on how nice I smell which is always good. Of all the awesome things about the perfume, the bottle is my favorite. Katy Perry’s first two perfumes were in the shape of cats, but this bottle is fit for a queen. Classy, right?

A 3.4 oz bottle goes for $64 at Macy’s and most big department stores. Spring is coming up soon and it might be time to change your signature scent. Would you give Killer Queen a try?

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes mascara

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes

Ohmigoodness. Seriously? Seriously?!! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this mascara? I mean, I knew about its release and I know I’ve been a bit behind with this whole blogging thing, but I recently got a press sample of it and someone should have totally told me about this mascara months ago. Because, woooooow. I am just….wow.

Can I just be lazy and do a blog post about a mascara and say “Wow”? Would y’all still love me if I did that?

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes mascara

I don’t think you would. Okay, then…full review it is, then.

Price: $35 from Sephora and  from TooFaced.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This no-glue, totally glam-azing formula lets you have all the drama of false lashes in an easy, safe, 3-step process.” (source)

The Truth: I have never seen anything like this. And yes, that’s a good thing but wow…I wonder why more people aren’t talking about this mascara.

What I Loved About It: While at first glance it may appear intimidating, it is actually very easy to use.

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t think it provides as much volume as it “could” but that’s okay. What it can do in the lengthening department completely rocked my world.

Overall: So I’m still just wee bit shocked that this mascara isn’t more popular. I’m thinking the price tag of $35 is the reason but c’mon…I see higher-end brands that always price their mascaras at that price. This is out of the ordinary for Too Faced, and honestly, I’m starting to see why they can justify a hefty price tag for this mascara. It really is THAT awesome.

I won’t write a book here but I do want to quickly go through how this works. You ready?

  • The mascara comes with 2 separate wands. Each are labeled so that you know when to use them.
  • You a thin coat of the first mascara. This acts as a sticky base.
  • You then apply the second mascara. The second mascara looks like a tube of lint (no really, it does).
  • You then apply a second coat of the first mascara.

Let’s take a look at these wands…

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes wands

They both are nice and long and will easily comb through lashes. This, I believe, is a very important aspect in this system. Sephora has a really good breakdown for what the system actually does.

The activating mascara base and top coat is designed specifically to melt and seal the Flexistretch nylon fibers into long, thick, dramatic lashes without the risk, mess, or commitment of other false lash alternatives. Unlike traditional fiber mascaras, Better Than False Lashes allows you to dial up the lengthening fibers so you easily get better, longer, thicker, more dramatic lashes instantly. (source)

In a sense, it is A LOT like a fiber mascara. Remember those? They were pretty big around in 2012 and 2013 but have fallen off of the grid a bit. I’ve always loved them and I hate that they aren’t as popular but I am loving Too Faced’s rendition of a fiber mascara. Having a mascara tube of the “fibers” is just genius because it allows to place it anywhere on your lashes.

Too Faced BEtter Than False Lashes Step 1

A second coat of the mascara turns the white fibers black and they blend in nicely and look, yes, like false lashes but…naturally. I love it!

Too Faced BEtter Than False Lashes step 2

The biggest downfall is that if your goal is to achieve thick and luscious lashes, it may be hard to do with this as getting the fibers close to the base of your lashes may result in fiber thingies falling into your eyes.

And removal is super easy. It’s just like removing a fiber mascara. You wet your fingertips and gently massage the lashes. This also means that you won’t have any issues with smudging or flaking so…yay!

And that makes me sad because y’all know how much I love Drag Queen lashes.

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

(with step 2)

Too Faced on lashes
(step 1 and 3)

Too Faced mascara

Do I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you need something new in your mascara collection. While some may find it tricky or necessary, I loved how much longer this mascara made my lashes. Isn’t ideal to use in pinch (or for reapplication) but if you’ve got 5 minutes, extra pennies and want to seriously lengthen your lashes, you will LOVE this mascara.

So um…why didn’t any of you tell me how awesome this mascara was? I thought you were friends. I have a sad.