Olay Complete’s New and not so Improved…

I’m not happy. I’m not. WHO told Olay to change their Olay Complete face moisturizer? I’m okay with packaging changes. But when you start dabbling in the ingredients, that’s when I get a little perturbed.

The old Olay Complete looked like this:

And the new one looks like this…

Packaging-wise, I can appreciate the new changes. But formula-wise? It gets an F from me. The new Olay Complete burns my skin, has a sunscreen-y smell and is a little oilier than its predecessor. My skin is left greasier and it’s just not pleasant. I feel better knowing that I’m not the only one hating the new Olay Complete.

Check out some of the reviews on the website:

Boo to Olay for disappointing so many customers. And then I saw a little note at the bottom of another bad review…

Talk about consumer power!

Have you had any new and not so improved products?

Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Foil FX and Sweet Collections

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



“I was walking along, minding my business,
When out of an orange-colored sky,
Flash! Bam! Alakazam!
Wonderful you came by.”

I grew up on Nat King Cole and one of my favorite songs by him is “Orange Colored Sky”. I swear I started singing it when I first saw Orly’s Foil FX collection.

I know what you’re thinking. Something is missing right? Yep! I snagged 2 of Foil FX’s 3 polishes and 1 of 6 from the Sweet collection. I can explain. Watch this!


The color missing from the Foil FX collection is Rage; a rusty rose foil. It didn’t tickle my fancy so I passed on it. What was left from the collection were these two wonders.

Shine is amazing! This polish is seriously a must have. This is the foil-est polish I own. I got so many compliments when I wore it. While nothing can compare to getting your nails Minx-ed with silver foil, Shine ain’t too far behind.

 
  
 

Luxe is GOLD! Really really gold. It isn’t as bling-y as I wanted it to be but it is still a great foil. I’m not a fan of most gold polishes but this has enough shine power to keep me happy.

 
  

 The formula on the Foil FX polishes are impeccable. You can get complete coverage in a good 2 coats. I did 3 on these, though…just because I like to push it to the limit. Enormous fan of this collection, Orly!

Now of the 6 polishes in Orly’s Sweet collection, Snowcone was the only one that I really wanted. The other 5 were quite tempting but not terribly unique.

Snowcone is a blue yummy-lusciousness! Now that I’m looking at it, it may a dupe to Zoya’s Yummy.

 
I did have an incentive for buying this though. Each of the polishes in this collection come with a gloss.
I put mine on my keychain!
 
It’s a clear gloss but is surprisingly moisturizing and perfect for on the go.

That’s the thing about Orly. There are such a unique polish company. You’ve got the rubberized handles, cool polish names and you never know what cute little knick-knack you’re going to get with your polish.

I got these from Head2ToeBeauty.com for $3.50 a bottle.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

A reader recently emailed me about face scrubs. She was looking for a new one and wanted to know about my favorite.

Since I have been using the Clarisonic , I don’t feel the need to exfoliate my face using a scrub. But every now I like to get a deep down scrubbing. I’ve never found the need to go out and spend a ton of money on a scrub when nature makes the best ingredients.

One being good ole’ olive…


I use olive oil for EVERYTHING! I use it as a carrier oil for body concoctions. I use it on my locs. I apply it to my cuticles each night. I use it in my spring and spinach salads. And for my omelets. Olive oil is just divine.

This scrub is ridiculously easy to make.

I take a bowl of organic brown sugar

And pour in a good amount of olive oil. I don’t measure but if you are trying this for the first time, go easy on the olive oil if you have oily skin.

I mash it all together with my fingers…

Sometimes I like to add in a little oatmeal. I normally crush the oats with my mortar and pestle but laziness will prevent you from doing the little things. Ha!

And then I apply!

It really is that simple. I have also used baking soda and castile soap as a scrub. All natural and totally affordable.

Do you make your scrubs?

Beauty Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencils

You’ve seen me use them in just about ALL of my FOTD Friday posts. You saw me list them as one of my favorite products in 2009. You know that I love them and I can’t stop recommending ‘em.

 
I am struggling to find the words to express how much I love these pencils, y’all. They really are the BEST liners on the market. Now because you love me for my honesty, I’m not going to lie to you. $17 for a pencil is quite the splurge. But you all also know that I’m cheap. And for me to justify spending that much on a pencil, well shucks…it really must be all that and a bag of Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips (yum).

My UD liner stash…

Now if those pencils look a little stunted, here’s why…every few months Sephora, Ulta and sometimes UrbanDecay.com come out with little sets of these Urban Decay liners. They usually have two separate sets; one with vibrant colors and another with everyday colors. They are around $25 or so. Crazy deal, right? Last season they retailed for a good $15/each on UrbanDecay.com and I snagged both sets.

WAIT! Pause for the cause..according to Urban Decay’s website, you can still get the sets for $20. Get them here. But hurry hurry. Not sure how long this will last Or maybe it’s permanent and I just don’t know it. *shrugs shoulders*

A frugalista will always find a way to save a dime or dollar. Am I right or am I right?

I usually end up having to buy Zero in its full size packaging since I use this creamy black just about every day.

That’s right…I put it right there on the waterline.
  
And there it stays. All day. Rain, humidity and not even tears of joy (ahem..or sadness) can make it budge. I’m guessing it’s the jojoba oil and Vitamin E that makes it super creamy.
Yes, my darling. It’s true. Very few pencils come close to the awesomeness that is Urban Decay’s. Granted I haven’t tried EVERY eyeliner pencil on the market. But I don’t need to. For I have found the best.
Long live, UD’s eye pencils! Do you have any? Know of a better?
Tell me!
Oh wait! Since we’re talking about UD, check this out.
They have a Family & Friend’s sale!! That’s 30% off until April 19, 2010. You can snag a travel set of glide-on eye pencils for $20!

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics Spring 2010 collection

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

La la la la laaaaah! Spring is in the air. At least it is here in Florida. For my ladies who are still in areas where it is a tad bit chilly, sometimes wearing Spring colors brings on Spring-like attitude. 

Wait…does that make sense? No? Okay…well, let’s just check on Diamond Cosmetics’ Spring collection!



Angelic

Razzmatazz is described as a dainty pink. It has pink and purple shimmer and is the quintessential Spring color. I like it!

Orange Blush

What a yummy orange! It almost reminds me of an orange pop. It’s a cream with a jelly finish that applies beautifully.

Hot Lips

Total hotness, right?  This almost neon magenta are my favorite kind of red-esque colors. They are loud and perfect pedicure colors. This is totally off topic but I would love a lipstick this color too!


Tranquility

 We’ve got a winner! What a gorgeous blue cream.
Gypsy Pink

It’s a color we’ve seen before but this soft red with white/pink shimmer is just screaming to be konad-ed or topped off with some design.

Serendipity

I can’t remember if I have a color like this or not. It is rather reminiscent of another color in time and for that reason, I love it. Everyone needs a pale blue-grey shimmer polish in their collection.

   

It’s another great collection from Diamond Cosmetics! I applied 2 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems. Like with most creams, Tranquility dragged at the cuticles a bit. But is it not worth the out coming?

Hit the image below to snag the entire collection for only $25!



Your fellow nail polish junkie,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Celeb Spotlight: Letoya’s coral lips

I’ve spotlighted Letoya on Clumps twice before. She is becoming one of my favorite celebrities when it comes to rocking beautiful make-up looks. She killed me softly with her purple lip and had me running home to try a nude lip. My girl has done it again with a beautiful coral lip.

Stunning! You see…coral is one of those colors that I’ve never learned to appreciate on brown skin. It never seemed flattering. Letoya has proved me wrong. In its subtly, her coral lip is absolutely beautiful and goes great with her coral dress.

I’ve checked my lippy stash and can’t seem to locate a coral lipstick or gloss. Any ideas? What do you use to achieve a beautiful coral lip?

(photo source)

Natural Beauty: ONE hits Target

I just love how natural products and brands are becoming more widely available. AND affordable. I mean, two years ago you couldn’t find eco-friendly lip balms in your neighborhood Target.

Say hello to ONE.

ONE is brand that not only believes in healthy and natural formulations, but they also package their products in eco-friendly housing.

From the products that I tried, the skin conditioning bar ($6.49) is my favorite. It is full of lavender oil goodness but the packaging is also made from recyclable material.

I’m impressed at the relatively small ingredients list! The bar is amazing. It slathers on like a regular body butter but it isn’t greasy. And I love the fact that the smell isn’t too overpowering.

ONE also has hair products including solid shampoo and conditioner bars ($6.99).

Don’t judge its size. One of these is equivalent to three 8 oz bottles of shampoo. I haven’t tried it on my locs just yet but I will do a formal review soon.

We’ve covered body and hair so what could we be missing? Ah! Cosmetics, of course. ONE has lip butter balms ($2.99).

While I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, this shea butter based balm feels great on the lips without drying them out. The ingredients list makes me smile.

I’m lovin’ it! You can find ONE at any Target location.

Have you seen ONE in your Target yet?

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Chin hairs.

The first time I saw them, I screamed. You see, I didn’t see them when I was in my bathroom and conveniently around some tweezers. I saw them while sitting in my car. You know how you’re at a stoplight and glaze into the rearview mirror just to take a quick peek at yourself? Yep. And there they were. Not one. Not two. But a good three chin hairs.

My first thought was, “I’m turning into a man.” Nah, I’m kidding. I’ve always known that with age, some women start sprouting a little more facial hair. Freakin’ A!! And then I remembered reading a review by Afrobella and how much she loooooved Mario Badescu’s Drying lotion.

I was wishing on a star that it could help alleviate those insane ingrown hairs I would get before a pesky hair sprouted its ugly head.

Did it work? Well, let’s get some background info about this Drying Lotion first.

The Mario Badescu website says it is an excellent Acne spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. A dab of this lotion will heal and dry pimples quickly.” (source)

Ingredients:

A 1 oz bottle will run you $17.00 but don’t complain about the price, sisters. Achieving and maintaining clear and healthy skin is an investment. Can I get an Amen?

When you purchase your bottle, it will look all pretty-fied like in the above picture. But after a few uses, it will look like this…

And here’s how it works…you take a Q-tip and stick it at the very bottom of the bottle.

The tip of your Q-tip should be saturated with the pink calamine.

Locate pimple and apply.

Or in my case, locate pesky chin pimples…

I know…it ain’t pretty. It just ain’t. But the good news is, the stuff actually works! While you may head to bed smelling a wee bit “medicinal”, the lotion literally helps clear up the pimple over night. Does it disappear? No. But is it smaller and less noticeable…absolutely! This will remain a staple in my skin care regimen. And I think I’ll be selling it in the Clumps store as well.

Don’t let the small size fool you. That bottle is a good 2.5 months old and I use it on at least one pimple every evening. So yes, while $17 is steep, I think you get your money’s worth considering how long it lasts.

You can find Mario Badescu at Ulta stores, online and any where else their products are sold. I remember seeing this line last year at The Makeup Show LA and not giving it a second thought. But after my success with the Drying Lotion and a sample of the Enzyme Revitalizing mask, I may be putting the Purity to the side and trying out the some of their cleansers.

What say you? Have you ever tried the Drying Lotion or any other Mario Badescu products?