Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Corrector

When I was in Clinique’s Beauty Insider Club last year, we received the original Even Better Skin Tone to review. I fell in love with it, y’all. I mean, IN. LOVE. To see dark spots literally vanish after months of using a serum is amazing.

And it’s not like I’m exagerrating. Just look at the dark spots on my forehead a good two years ago.

And my forehead now…

Clear, kids…clear! All because of skin tone correctors. I love Clinique’s so much that I even sell it in my store. Clinique recently came out with another one and I can not wait to try it out.

It is different than the original Skin Tone Corrector in that it has additional powerful ingredients that will get rid of discoloration and that awful AWFUL hyperpigmentation. Clinique says that the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is not only effective for all ethnicities but that it will improve skin tone by 53% in just 12 weeks.

That’s a major claim but I believe it since I found such success with the previous Skin Tone Corrector.

Yours truly will be giving this one a try again. Stay tuned for a formal review.

Have you tried any skin tone correctors?

Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

 
The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?


Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
 
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…
 
  

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!

 

Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

Clairol Professional Jazzing giveaway!

I’m a fan of hair color. I can’t deny it. I suppose it started when I was 14 when I got my first set of blond highlights. And then I discovered the power of Kool-Aid. I would mix 4 packets of orange and 3 of red (not cherry, lol) to make a fierce dye. Never mind that every time it rained, my hair would stain my shirts. It was all worth it.

Back when I had an afro I used Clairol’s Jazzing in Bluest Black. The results…

Super goth B! I remember the evening after I did that dye job I went and got my nose pierced. What can I say? Darker hair does something to you! LOL

I have also loved Clairol’s Jazzing temporary colors. They aren’t as damaging as a permanent color but still manage to give you intense color. Loves it!

Clairol is giving away 2 bottles of Cherry Cola Jazzing temporary hair color.

Simply leave your email address in the comment section. It’s that easy!

Oh…..and while you are at it, check out their Facebook page. Each day they are giving away gift cards, concert tickets, cameras and more. And if you already have some Jazzing in your hair, enter the Fierce Fridays contest and share your before/after pix to win a 3-day, 2-night fierce hair makeover in NYC by celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter.

Dang, I wish I could enter. But I already have 4 different colors in my hair and my hairstylist says “no no”. *sigh*

This contest is open to International readers and ends Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Color your hair at your own risk. I highly recommend consulting with a professional cosmetologist before dyeing your hair. Never mind that I’ve colored my locs 4 times in 14 months….like parents say, do as I say, not as I do. :)

New York Fashion Week: Fashion for Relief, Nail Polish for Me!

My Auntie Naomi Campbell is nothing short of fierce. Yes, she’s a diva and may toss her cell phone at your head but let’s be honest…most of us are like that, right?
On Friday, February 12, Ms. Campbell hosted the Fashion for Relief runway show and proceeds went to Haiti’s earthquake victims. I just love when celebrities can incorporate their talents and passions for good causes. Her show was also a good reminder that Haiti STILL needs our help. Good for you, Auntie. And yes, she’s really my Aunt. She just doesn’t know it yet though.

And I have more good news…Dashing Diva nail polish adorned some of the models’ nails with the ever so lovely Diamond District.

Diamond District may very well be getting hauled by me. Look at its fabulousness of the nails of the models.  

 

  
 

I need this color now!



Photo Credit: Ann Lawlor

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast

Queen Latifah is one of my favoritest people in the whole world. Like…I LOVE LOVE her. A lot. She is such a inspiration. Yes, I watch Living Single reruns every week. Yes, I have and love her jazz album. And yes I think U.N.I.T.Y. is STILL the jam.

For Superbowl XLIV, Queen rocked this look…

 
A few weeks ago, Keri Hilson rocked a smoky purple eye at the Grammy’s. Since Queen’s make-up artist Monifa Mortis said that a similar look can be achieved by using CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plume, I wanted to try! If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for me too, right?

You can get these creamy shadow sticks for $9.99 where ever CoverGirl products are sold. Now the question is…do they work?

The Shadow Blast is supposed to help you achieve a colorful smoky eye by providing you with a lid and crease color. It fits right in your hand which makes for great on-the-go shadow touch-ups.

The concept is pretty simple. The light color (step 1) goes right on the lid and the darker color (step 2) goes in the crease and the lower lashline. It is illustrated beautiful on the packaging.

Step 1 of Purple Plume is a creamy pink that isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

 

I didn’t have any problems with application. The shadow is creamy and opaque. This is a good thing because tugging on the lids is no bueno. Part 2 is a is burgundy berry. 
 

You will have to use a blending brush to blend the two colors together for a flawless look. I finished the look with a a highlight, liner and mascara and…

 
  
 

CREASING! Creasing makes me cry. Seriously. It is the worst thing that can ever happen to eye shadow application. I think I would like the Shadow Blast more if it stayed on the lids longer. I have heavy lids and without a base, I crease beyond belief. So I’m not sure if I like Shadow Blast by itself.

But for touching up looks on the go? Perfecto!

Have you tried this yet?

Lip balms=love


Have I told y’all how much I love lip balms? They are such staples for me. And I have them everywhere. In every purse. In my car. In my office. In the medicine cabinet. You won’t catch me anywhere without them. 

Lip balms do something that most glosses and lipsticks can not do…moisturize. And for that, I can appreciate them. Very rarely will you see me applying a gloss or lipstick without having applied a lip balm first. Many moons ago I reviewed MAC’s lip conditioner here. As you can see, I am still faithfully rocking it. But it’s not my favorite.

My favorite would be Korres’ Lip butter in Jasmine.


Oh.mi.goodness. I have been using this paraben-free $10 lip butter for months. And look at that….I still have quite a bit left. I love the way it smells and it feels just divine on the lips. And then there’s Burt’s Bee’s lip balm..

I’ve purchased about 3 of these. For under $3, they aren’t bad at all. Another paraben-free lip balm that delivers but I hate the packaging. It is SO hard to open. But The Merry Hempster’s lip balm isn’t.


This vegan lip balm so rocks! The peppermint flavor lasts for hours as it conditions. You can find more about this brand (sold at Whole Foods) here. They have so many different flavors. Must try them all! When I’m in the mood to be the little bee that I am, I am all over Oyin’s Honeystick.

This is my third tube. I literally ate the first two. Nah, I’m kidding. But aside from loving to support wonderful Jamyla and family, I just love the way the Honeystick feels and tastes. And when I want people to give me the double look and ask “WTF is that?” I pull out this kid.

The organic EOS lip balm in its spherical wonderment just looks cool, uh? One glide and I can conquer both the top and bottom lips at the same time. It is shea butter based and was a gift from Mommy.

Lip balms made it in my Top Products of 2009 video for a good reason. Ain’t nothin’ sexy about chapped lippies. 

Do you wear balms? Which one is your favorite?

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Prisms 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 does it again. I think it’s safe to say that they are indeed one of my favorite nail polish companies EVER. They are always coming out with super unique collections. The Prisms collection is nothing but…wait for it…holos! Holos=holographic=death by love and admiration. Just look at these babies…




Here’s the rundown…

Brilliant actually looks more stunning than I thought it would. If I’m going to wear a light pink (gag), this is the way to do it!

Jewel is one of those colors that makes you say “Hmm…”. I didn’t have high expectations for it. Not sure why because Nubar’s Chocolate Truffle collection totally sold me on browns but Jewel was just “different”.


*drops jaw* Niiiice! And just to get an idea of how bling-tastic it is, check this out. *swoons.

Absolute is okay. I do wish it was more opaque because then it would have been STUNNING. It took a good 3 thick coats to cover up my stained nails.




Essence is should probably switch names with Jewel. I’m not the biggest fan of this rosy pink but it applies beautifully.

Gem is Jewel’s little sister. It has a little more gray in it but the same amount of holographic shimmer.

Spark looks funny on me but I still like it! It’s a tan with personality.

Prize is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It was opaque after only two coats and sparkles and shines from a mile away. Love love love this color!

Treasure is purple and that is reason enough enough for me to love it. It took three coats to reach complete opacity. It isn’t on Color Club’s Wild At Heart level but it certainly earns its place in the collection.

Yay to Nubar for stepping out of the box again! Holographic polishes are rarities so I hope this collection spearheads some kind of trend. I didn’t have any application problems with these babies although I do wish they were all all more opaque. Especially Absolute. How cool would it be to see a dark teal holographic? *faints*

Nonetheless, Nubar has impressed me again and I will continue singing praises about this nail polish brand.

You can get the entire collection here for $59.95 or buy them individually for $7.29/ea.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles

Any holo lovers out there?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,


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Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Reverie


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.

Spring time is here! Can you feel it? Nah, I’m jivin’. Even Florida isn’t feeling quite Spring-like to me just yet. I ordered 80-degree weather a few days ago and it still ain’t here!

Humph! Well, in the meantime we’ve got a gorgeous Spring collection from Zoya. I have been getting so many emails about collection so please excuse the delay. Better late than never, riiiiight? This collection is all about ‘metallic oil slick’ looking polishes, per Zoya’s website. (source) Perfect for Spring!

 Hit the jump to see up close swatches of each polish.

Adina was the color that many folx emailed me about. This color reminds me of a light purple marble. It is definitely the most unique in the bunch but I’m not too sure how I feel about it on my warm skin. Hmm….

Reece is totally awesome and although I have a polish like this in my collection (the name escapes me) I welcomed Reece with open arms. It is super pink with gold undertones. Loves it!

Happi is is like Reece’s little sister. The pink is taken down a few notches it’s actually wearable enough for me. I’m not the biggest fan of pink polishes (so blah and expected) but with that added shimmer…I could work it a bit.


Gwin is urnge as us folx in the South say. Urnge means extremely orange. Gwin actually has a lot of red in it too but mannnn, I LOVE how it looks!

Lana is like Gwin minus the orange. What is left is a ton of red but you still have that beautiful gold that radiates a mile away. Yikes! The application on my middle finger is no bueno.

Laney is a super metallic silver that I just love! I love silver polishes….especially when they are opaque after only one coat.


Not bad for a Spring collection, Zoya! Although I would have loved to see an unexpected color like green. A metallic green would have been awesome. Something on the lines of Zoya’s Midori which I still rock to this very day. I only applied two coats for each color, which is great! Oftentimes metallic polishes can be a hot streaky mess. I didn’t experience any problems with these babies though.

Which one is your favorite? 

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

Your fellow nail polish junkie,



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