Beauty Review: Clarisonic Mia Face brush


Finally!

It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! I am excited to review the Clarisonic. I’ve it bragged it enough in my YouTube videos so it’s about time, right? This is going to be a picture heavy post so brace thy self. I’ll do this review by posing questions. I think this will be the best way to really get across how awesome the Clarisonic is. Click the jump to read on!



What are the other Clarisonic face brushes like?

The Clarisonic Mia face brush is the baby of group. Its older siblings include the Classic, which retails for $199 and the Plus which retails for $225. I haven’t used the big boys but the main difference, other than price, are the speeds. The Mia only has 1 speed whereas the Classic has 2 and the Plus has 3. If you are stuck on which Clarisonic to purchase, the website has an awesome comparison chart here.

How much is the Clarisonic Mia? Are there any ways to get it cheaper?

I was ECSTATIC when the Mia made its debut. It retails for $149 but I purchased it for 20% off thanks to a Sephora Friends & Family sale. That’s almost $30 off! If you really want to make this investment, but the price is hurting you–wait for a sale. Also, QVC sells the Classic and you can make 3 installments. Find out more about that here. You can also get it from Sephora and Ulta. I highly suggest purchasing from Sephora because they have a great return policy. I know the Clarisonic Mia is pricey but my skin (even in all of its craziness) is worth it.

Okay, so what does the Clarionic Mia do?
Here’s what the back of the box says…

And according to the website,

* Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
* Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
* Cleanses so well that products absorb better
* Gentle enough for twice daily use
* Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
* Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
(source)

What comes in the Clarisonic Mia box?


Inside you will find the system with a sensitive brush head, a charger and a 1 oz. sample of Gentle Hydro cleanser. I chucked that. You can use the Clarisonic with cleanser you choose. Inside the box is also a ton of valuable information about how often to charge (after 20 minutes of use) and ways to care for your your brush head and handle.

The Clarisonic Mia looks REALLY small. How big is it?
Since I have never owned the Classic, I can’t do a side by side comparison but I think the Mia is a great size.


It fits right in your hand. I have since played with the Classic in stores and it just feels bulkier and not as easy to control as the Mia. The Mia is also travel friendly and relatively lightweight.

How do you charge the Mia?
The Classic and the Pro both have cradles. The Mia, however, has a charger. The charger simply goes into the wall and connects at the bottom of the handle.


It’s pretty cool, actually. Align the holes up and the charger magnetically snaps into place with the handle.


How do you turn the Mia on? Is there a timer? Any bells and whistles?

The Mia turns on with a press of its only button.

Once this button is pressed, it will automatically turn off in 1 minute. It doesn’t beep or say “ta da” or anything like that. Remember, the Mia only has one speed so if you press this button again (after you’ve already turned it on), it will turn off.

How does the brush head feel? Is it okay for sensitive skin?


The sensitive brush head feels just find on my skin. I don’t find it to be too abrasive or harsh at all. Clarisonic brushes use sonic technology and are gentle on the skin. The bristles don’t dig into your skin rather they oscillate which actually feels good. Everyone’s skin is different so if you have extremely sensitive skin, perhaps using the Clarisonic only in one area on your face would be best; just to see how your skin will react.

The brush in action….


How does the Clarisonic Mia compare to Pretika’s face brush?


The Mia is MUCH better. Granted Pretika’s face brush is only $24.99 and it was “okay” when I used it. However, when I used the Mia my skin looked and felt different in a matter of weeks. This wasn’t the case with the Pretika and I used that for a good 3-4 months. Would I recommend the Pretika for those who don’t want to splurge on the Clarisonic Mia? Sure. But if you want the best for your skin…save your pennies (Lord knows it took me months…lol) and get the Clarisonic. See obvious differences between the two in my video here.

Okay, what’s the bottom line? Did the Clarisonic Mia work for you?
Absolutely!!! My skin has never looked better. I know that sounds cliche, but I mean it. My skin has changed completely and I attribute it to the Clarisonic Mia. I can’t even say diet, exercise and vitamins. Those have all been a part of my life for quite some time and my skin was STILL a mess. The Clarisonic Mia, along with visits to the dermatologist and skin tone correctors have really changed my skin. See my before and after pictures here.

The lengthy but very detailed video review…

Well y’all…told you it was a jam packed post. Between this post and the video, I think I have covered everything inquiring minds may want to know about the Clarisonic.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have one? Want one? Not sold on it yet?

Tell me!

Maybelline ColorSensational: Naturals!

It’s time to holla at the Maybelline ColorSensational Naturals family. Natural lippies isn’t really my style. If you’ve been following Clumps of Mascara you know that I absolutely adore colors on my lips. But naturals aren’t soooooo bad. I found that they are perfect for super important meetings or on days in which you I don’t want too much pop on the lips.

Check out Maybelline ColorSensational’s Nearly There lipstick.


Not so bad, uh? And even on the lips it gives me enough color to pacify this Color Queen.

I topped it off with ColorSensational Broadway Bronze lip gloss. Loves it! Another winner from the CS fam. And of course if I want to add a little more color to it I can always pair it with a lip liner.

How do you feel about natural lipsticks? Yay or nay?

Other ColorSensational reviews:
ColorSensational Event
Plums
Reds

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

Acne Sucks: Guest Post on her fight against acne

Hey y’all….so I’ve found that a lot of my great advice about clear and healthy skin has come from not my dermatologist but from the rest of you! Check out some tips that reader Noorie from Atlanta is sharing with us. Feel free to add!

As someone who’s been suffering from acne for almost a decade, here are my top tips:

*A few things I’ve noticed and picked up over the years about foundation and acne:

-It’s “ok” to use as long as you take it off as soon as you get home. Not a good thing to leave on from morning to night like I did while on a recent vacation. It’s just… bad and will cause break outs.

-It’s pretty harmless if you use much lighter coverage foundations. One I used to have was Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Foundation (see above) and L’oreal True Match: both very runny and not as thick as let’s say Revlon Colorstay. Concealer is a MUCH better idea for covering imperfections and will covers up any brown spots better.

-I only use foundation on places where I need it, not all over my face like I see some make up guru’s and artists doing.

*DE from Beautylogic also gave rave reviews about the Clairsonic. I’ll have to try it out in the future too and soon Clumps Of Mascara will also be having a detailed review. <--coming soon at a theater near you!

*Another thing I’ve noticed/learned is that washing my face at night wasn’t always enough- especially if you sweat a lot or use make up. Here’s my night time routine:

*Living healthier (eating less processed foods and dairy), some exercise, enough fiber to keep you regular (oh yea! I went there) and water all help me feel and look better too. When I’m not excerisizing I notice my face breaks out a bit more. I’m not sure why. They say when you sweat, toxins are released thru the pores, which is what I’m thinking too.

*I have tried almost every single brand of acne products in the past. Gosh, how I remember standing in the skincare aisles, reading each product that claimed to have you acne free in days.

Now I know a bit better:
-Most acne products will do the same. Whether it’s gel cleansers and scrubs, pads, acne drying gels, etc. Some toners ARE better than others though and are less over drying and/or get deeper into the pores. You have to decide whether you prefer Benzoyle peroxide products or Salicylic.
-I highly recommend 3 step products to everyone. I used Proactive when I was 18, and my skin just cleared up in 2 weeks! My scars faded and everything, but sadly I don’t feel it has the same effect on me anymore. I’ve heard the same from other people who use it. It’s still worth a try though.

And if you don’t want to shell out the $40 there are tons of other great 3 step acne kits available in drugstores which also get the job done. I tried the one from Clearasil and I liked it. Neutrogena also has a good one. These kits are great because you get everything you need: a cleaners, toner and acne drying gel. The Clearasil one even comes with a spot treatment.

Feel free to provide any insight on your experiences with acne. A strong support system is SO key in fighting this monster.

Other Acne Sucks posts:
Acne Sucks: Part 1
Acne Sucks: The Stages
Acne Sucks: But does oil on the skin help?
Acne Sucks: Pimple Poppin’


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Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter

Well look at that! A product specifically for me. My hair is not only natural but it is loc’d as well. I fit in a pretty small group so I was elated to see a product just for me!

But does it work?

 

Loc Butter

Price: 4 out of 5 ($15.50 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims:
“In order to lock hair, one does not need sticky pomades. It is the motion of the palm roll or twist in conjunction with clean, properly moisturized hair that aids in the locking process. This Carol’s Daughter favorite, offers superior grooming with citrus oils that provide a light scent and ylang-ylang that nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair.” (source)

The truth:
What the….I knowwww there isn’t any beeswax in this!

What I loved about it: I like the idea behind it. Very rarely will you see a loc butter on the market sold by a major brand. So that’s exciting. It shows that there is a demand of products for ladies who are loc their hair. And since I’m one, I think that’s great!

What I didn’t like:
What the duck? There is beeswax in it?

Overall: It’s been a year since I’ve been loc’ing my hair. I couldn’t be happier. Loc’ing your hair is truly a journey and it’s important to use products that are nourishing to the scalp and locs. From when I FIRST started, I was told to NEVER put beeswax in my locs. Beeswax will assist your hair in loc’ing but it will also attract lint. And lint attracts dirt. Gross.

I was all excited about Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter until I saw the ingredients.

See the beeswax? That’s so wrong. Other than that, the product itself looks and smells wonderful. I find that it is far too greasy to use on my locs but perhaps it would work better for folx who have more mature locs.


I wouldn’t recommend it though. Beeswax is a total no no.

This is how the loc’ies looked after using this stuff…


Not bad. But I’m not using it again anyway. Beeswax scares me.

I did a video that talks about my Locs at 1 Year.


I have been getting SO many questions from ladies non-Black ladies who are curious about Black hair and what being “natural” means. I love answering these questions. Aaaand, you can follow my hair blog at LocRocker.com

Stay beautiful!

More 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

Celeb Spotlight: Glee-ful headwraps

So guess who is like, um….watching a recent TV show? Haha…me! You name a TV show that aired in the past 5 years and chances are I probably haven’t watched it. The Boondocks, The Office, RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Bad Girls Club (so randomly trashy…lol) are the only exceptions. Buuuut, I’m catching up on Glee!! I’m really excited about this because now I have things to talk about with my friends other than beauty news.

Sooo, if you’ve ever watched the show, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the ladies rock fabric headwraps. Like Amber Riley who plays Mercedes for example….


How cute is this? It’s the perfect way to add personality to the hair. In fact, Aussie’s celebrity stylist says, “…you can use a scarf, an old dress you cut up or go to your local fabric store and find your favorite pattern.” Back when I had an afro, I wore fabric headwraps ALL the time.

I may pull one out again for old time’s sake. In the meantime, I’ll be patiently waiting for the next season of Glee.

Yeah….this TV watchin’ thing ain’t so bad!

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Beauty Review: Tarte’s Three Carats Mini Cheek Stain Set

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Hold on…what was given on the 3rd day?

Three french hens? Um….no. How about three mini cheek stains from Tarte?


How gorgeous are these? They bling so brightly that even my camera can’t control itself. I’ve reviewed Tarte’s cheek stains before and now I’m back with this darling limited edition set.

For $25, you get these ‘perfect for traveling’ babies that are not only stunning to look at but work well on the cheeks too. If you haven’t tried Tarte’s Cheek stains, now is a great time to give them a whirl. Especially now with the winter weather. Because my skin can be awfully oily during the Spring and Summer, these stains would just ooze off of my cheeks in a matter of minutes in Florida’s humidity. BUT, since it’s like 60 degrees here (which is beyond cold for the South), I can wear the stains without fear.

The stains’ three colors:

Brilliant is described as a “shimmering champagne”


This bad boy suprised me because out of the three, I thought it was going to be the one that just wouldn’t look so hot on brown skin. But it did good!

Cushion is described as a “shimmering deep apricot”


Princess is described as a “shimmering rose”


….don’t you laugh at Princess’ condition. She got stuck at the top and was being a pain. Kind of like how most people who call themselves Princesses’ are. HA! I jest. She made up for it by looking fab on the cheeks.


Tarte is just awesome. Beautiful packaging with the paraben-free products that we love.

Aaaand, they are great ornaments as well!


Loves it! This set is sold out on Sephora.com but if you can find them at your nearest Sephora, you better snag it quickly because it’s limited edition.

Any Tarte fans out there? How much do you love the cheek stains? A lot? Not so much?

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.

Maybelline ColorSensational: Plums!

Next up in the Maybelline ColorSensational color review iiiis….plum!!

If I had to choose a lipstick color that I think most Black women run to first, I’d say plum.

Plums are safe. They are work-appropriate and can have many different color variations when topped off with lip liners and glosses. I probably have more plum-esque colors in my lipstick collection than any other color.

Meet Mauve-ulous lipstick and Sugared Honey lipgloss.


This duo sat in my purse for a good month. I love them! They complement each other very well. See….

Find 11 more plum lippies in the Maybelline Colorsensational family at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target.

So how many plum lippies do you have? Like 48 right? HA!!

Check out my review of the red family here.

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

Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Mattes


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.

That’s right…more mattes! But before you roll your eyes and tell me you can’t get down with the matte look, check out Orly’s! Their finish reminds me so much of Nubar’s and Zoya’s. They have that velvet-y thing goin’ on that a lot of anti-matte folx can get down with. Watch this…..

Blue Suede


WOW! I mean….wow. I probably should have thrown a top coat over this baby just to see what it would look like. But I was too busy loving its matte-ness. What a stunning blue. I don’t have any blues like this in my collection. I think this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t like mattes, you can always throw a top coat over it and rock it like normal. Love. It!


Matte Vinyl

This just may be my favorite matte blacks. The application was phenomenal and the intensity of the black was dead one. It wasn’t the least bit streaky.

Purple Velvet

What a fabulous purple! Y’all know my heart beats for purple polishes and this one does not let me down.

Wow…I mean wow, Orly. I will always be a fan of Orly for their rubberized handle. This just makes all to much sense for nail techs and regular polish polishers alike. Application of these mattes were great. I didn’t experience any streakiness and I got good opaque coverage in only one coat. I went ahead with two coats for each just because that’s what I’m used to.

You can get them for $3.19 each at TransDesign.com or at any Orly retailer like Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Are these not the best things ever or what?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,