Inside my medicine cabinet

This was so not my idea! I got a good 3 emails in the past 2 weeks asking me to do a post about what’s inside my medicine cabinet. Are you ready for this? Promise me you won’t judge me. You may see some things that may disturb you but remember you love me and I’m human, okay?

I’m jivin’ y’all, but you really never know what you’ll find when you open people’s medicine cabinets. Which I do when I visit new homes. And don’t even give me that look because you know you’ve opened someone’s medicine cabinet before. HA!

Mine is pretty normal. And boring.

Everything I’ve reviewed has a star next to it. The products usually don’t change. When it comes to skincare, I stay faithful to the same stuff. Otherwise my skin will turn against me. Literally.

Basement level…

(from left to right)
(*)Olay Complete face moisturizer. Was my BFF moisturizer until the formula changed. #megafail
(*)Clinique Even Better Dark Spot remover. A must HAVE!
Differin Acne gel. My dermatologist prescribed this and my skin is 10x better.
(*)Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Has reduced my chin hair bumps tremendously. And yes, I get chin hairs. I ain’t shame! *strokes beard*
(*) Clarisonic Mia *moment of silence for the greatness that is this brush*
Mario Badescu Oil Free moisturizer. Currently testing and absolutely loving!

Second Flo…

(from left to right)
Shu Uemura eye lash curlers, tweezers and a (*)pimple extractor.
Clarisonic brush head. I think it’s time for a new one.
(*)Oyin Handmade Honey Stick. Yummy!
Floss. I do it everyday! Or every other day. Okay…at least 3 times a week!
Natural fragrance oils that I purchase from some vendor in some city. *shrugs*

Top Shelf, baby!

(from left to right)
Those 4 kids to the right are essential oils. I use them to make hair products. Check LocRocker.com
Clinique Sunblock SPF 50. A must have for when I run outside or swim.
Lancôme Bi Facil eye make-up remover. I just can’t use anything else.
(*)Castile soap. And that’s just ONE bottle. I’ve got 3 more under the cabinet.
A sample of Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary Clarifying shampoo. Will be reviewing soon!
Lancôme’s award winning Genifique serum. Currently testing.

And the head cleaner in charge gets to stand by the sink!

That’s the Skincare Starting Lineup, darlings! If I opened your medicine cabinet, what would I find? I mean..the items that are Rated PG. 😉

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

Beauty Review: Dial Nutriskin Body Wash

Boy, I tell ya…Dial is certainly steppin’ their games up in the body wash department. For quite some time, whenever I thought of Dial, I thought of a golden bar of soap. Who knew that they would start cranking out body washes that leave the skin cleansed and silky smooth?

The concept behind this body wash is that it is to leave your skin feeling moisturized AND light. And how do they do this, you ask? With Fruit Oil.

By using a combination of hydrating fruit oils and soothing extracts, these body washes give you that cleansed feeling without feeling greasy. You know what I’m talkin’ about, don’t you, girlfriend? After you rinse, some body washes just leave you with an icky and greasy feeling. No me gusta.

I’ve never experienced this kind of feeling with a body wash that was not creamy. Talk about beating a misconception! I only thought creamy body washes could do that!

And do you see those itty bitty micro-beads?

The kid in me had to mash it up to see what it would do.

They baby beads are made up of fruit oils that provide deep moisturization. I can dig it! And the price is a steal to. You can get a 16-ounce bottle of the Grapeseed and Lemongrass (shown) or the Cherry Seed and Mint for only $3.99. Not bad at all!

If you’re looking to try a new body wash, hang up and dial…Dial! Go ahead and laugh…you know my joke was funny. HA!

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

Sista Show-Off: OPI’s Gargantuan Green


Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

Some time ago I convinced one of my girls to try a color outside of her comfort zone. My homie Cass was the one that introduced me to NYC’s Love Letters. And I’ve only seen her with different variations of that color. Say what?! Friends don’t let friends stick to the same boring colors. Every now and then you have to spice it up. Am I right or am I right?

Soooo, I forced asked Cass to try out O.P.I.’s Gargantuan Green.


Hotness, right? It looks like her nails are glowing. And she loved it. See…every now and then you have to switch it up.

Are you a same ole same ole nail polish gal or do you like to rock allll kinds of colors?

Black Opal Mineral Mosaic eyeshadow palettes

Okay my darlings…what you are about to see may leave you with your mouth open. And so with that said, don’t scroll down any further unless you are prepared to support your jaw. Ready?

I mean…wow.

Have y’all seen these in your drugstores yet? Black Opal is SO impressing me with these palettes. I am going to be reviewing each palette individually. Here’s what you should know about them.

-You can get them from drugstores (I’ve seen them at Target stores too)
-They are hypoallergenic
-Oil free
-Talc free
-Paraben free
-Fragrance free
-Retailed at $8.95

Not bad for a drugstore buy, uh? Let me introduce you to Gold Galaxy!

I wore a look from this palette in this video. Gold Galaxy is perfect for summer. Just look at that orange and gold!

And here’s what I’m thinking as far as shadow placement:

And of course you can switch it up, if you like. Like 4 on the lid with 3 blended up into the crease and 5 as a highlight. Yes girl! The options can go on forever!

A few swatches…

The texture of the shadows in this palette are on the frosty side and require a bit of a creamy base if you have issues with frost. Still a functional and diverse palette for super cheap. I love it!

Stay tuned for up close shots of the other 3 kiddies.

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

Carol’s Daughter: Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter

How my family knows what products to get me as gifts is such a mystery to me. I don’t live with any of them so how do they know that I DON’T have this and have never tried that? It’s amazing, I tell ya! I got Carol’s Daughter Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter for Christmas ’09 and um, wow…

Is that a WOW-good or WOW-bad? Hit the jump to read on.

Ecstasy Shea Souflee

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This luxurious formula is light and fluffy like a soufflé, but moisturizes skin with the intensity of a butter. It’s packed with natural butters and oils to effectively nourish and hydrate dry, parched skin for a soft and velvety appearance.

The perfect blend of succulent nectars shines throughout this fruit medley. Accented with Egyptian musk, precious amber, as vanilla bourbon completes this captivating fragrance.” (source)

The truth:
This stuff smells soooo sweet!

What I loved about it: I love the consistency. It is perfect for the winter time.

What I didn’t like:
The packaging isn’t too hot. When you have used up at least half of the souflee, you literally have to do a 3-finger reeeeach to get to the bottom of the pot.

Overall: I love love love it. The sweet smell is rather addicting. The souflee consistency does a great job at moisturizing even the driest skin. And the scent lasts all day. Loves it!

Next up….

Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel

 


Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.50 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A natural soap blend, derived from coconut, olive and jojoba oils combined with exotic aromas for a gentle rich lather that leaves skin fresh, clean, rejuvenated and moisturized. Perfect shower or bath. ” (source)

The truth:
Just as good as the souflee!

What I loved about it:  Hmmm…the smell! It smells like a baked apple pie drizzled with honey. Hmmm…

What I didn’t like:
N/A

Overall: By the time you will have read this review, I will be on my second bottle of this gel. First of all…it comes out of the bottle like honey. It isn’t sticky but looks like sweet nectar goodness. The gel consistency lathers well and rinses off easily leaving you with silky smooth skin.

I love love love this line. And so does every one else in the world because it seems to be sold out quite often on the Carol’s Daughter website. Anyone try anything from Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy line?

 Other Carol’s Daughter reviews
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Fortress 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.

Nubar hits us again with one of those “OMG, how did they think of this?” kind of collections.

Yes, girl…you eyes aren’t playin’ with you. It’s a bunch of grays and blacks. Brace yourself!

Citadel is described as a pale gray creme. It applies flawlessly without any streaks.

Marble Tower is almost looks Citadel except it is more pale. See the boo-boo I made on my middle finger? Gotta be careful with those creams. They tend to drag down to the cuticles a bit.

Barricade is a light gray that reminds me of wet cement.


Stronghold is a darker gray that is unlike any other gray that I own. I don’t know what it is about grays but I just love them!

Palisade isn’t the most unique of the bunch to me. Still a flawless gray nonetheless!

Dark Castle is described as a charcoal black with a subtle silver shimmer. When the light hits that shimmer, it radiates something beautiful.

Silver Sword is the perfect addition to this collection. Great polish, Nubar! I’ve never been a fan of gunmetal polishes but somehow this one works.

Knight’s Armor  is definitely my favorite. How awesome is the silver glitter?

I LOVED this collection. I love the theme and I love that Nubar is hittin’ us with polishes that a lot of brands steer away from. I didn’t have any application problems with any of these polishes, aside from Marble Tower dragging to my cuticles. Citadel and Marble Tower seem to be so much alike and I would have loved to see a bit of glitter thrown in one of them. A pale gray cream with silver glitter would be hot!

Are you a fan of black and gray polishes?

You can buy the collection for $49.95 or purchase them individually for $7.49 here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 
Prims 
Sparkles
Risque Reds

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




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

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Sparkle 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.

Brace yourself, darlings. It’s part two of Zoya’s 2010 Spring collection. We played around with the creams of the Flash collection and now it’s time to sparkle!

Gilda

Gilda almost reminds me of darker version of China Glazes’ Strawberry Fields. I like Gilda a lot better though. It is crazy loud and super girly and pink and I love it!

Ivanka

How amazing is this green? I can’t get enough of it!

Charla

Charla is my absolute favorite of the bunch. Like…how can a polish sparkle and shine like this? Charla may very well be one of my favorite polishes EVER!

Mimi

Y’all know how I feel about purples and so of course there is nothing to NOT like about Mimi. It’s such a deep rich icy royal purple and I love it!

Nidhi and Alegra seemed to have disappeared from me during my move from one house to another. Or maybe one of my friends snagged them. Nidhi is pictured above as the stunning red and Alegra is a muted pink but still has the insane sparkle as its sisters.

What a fabulous collection, Zoya! I am so totally stoked, dude. The application is perfect and I used two coats for each polish. Despite the glitter in these babies, removal is super easy. Y’all aren’t gonna like me for it but I recommend hauling the entire collection. Yep. They are THAT gorgeous.

Whatcha think?

Buy these and more for $7/bottle at Zoya.com.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,



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

Sally Hansen’s Diamonds and Hidden Treasure

Happy Saturday, darlings!

I just HAD to tell you about the awesomeness that is Sally Hansen.

They’ve partnered with Brides Magazine and The Diamond Vault Collection and one lucky winner will win a custom diamond eternity band valued at $3,000, and a collection of Sally Hansen® wedding-worthy products, including Diamond Strength® Nail Color for brilliant nails and Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment for lavish lips and lasting moisture. The contest is here.

What an awesome gift for my brides or brides-to-be! And since we’re talkin’ about Lady SH, the beauty/nail blogosphere is going nuts over the polish Hidden Treasure.

 The polish was released with the 2010 Tracey Reese Spring collection and it is like THEE hardest polish to find ever. In fact, I tweeted my whereabouts on Four Square. And was elated when I found Hidden Treasure!

Sally Hansen is buy 1, get 1 50% of this week so I snagged Thinking of Blue and layered the hard to find Hidden Treasure on top.

Is it not faint worthy or what? Brooke from Getcha Nails Did the BEST layering with this polish. And my girl Scrangie reviews the entire collection. If you’ve seen this polish anywhere, snag it with the quickness! But then again, it is rather hidden so good luck with that.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of my Mommies!