15 Melbourne: All Natural Skincare

Natural skincare lovers – I’ve discovered another brand that I think you’ll love. There’s a special place in my heart for brands that who pride themselves on using natural ingredients. Many have jumped the bandwagon but there are only a few that have done it well.

File 15 Melbourne under “pretty spectacular”. I’ve only tried a few products from the line but color me impressed. Let’s start with a product that I know all too well.

Castile soap! I’ve raved over this magical stuff for years. I use it for EVERYTHING. Regrettably, I had to stop using it for my skin a while back (it can be too drying for us eczema suffers) but castile soap has a gajillon other uses. How does this compare to Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap? The difference is the formula. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil and Dr. Bonners uses a blend of oils but it’s not true castile soap.

I find them to be pretty comparable in look, feel and overall performance. 15 Melbourne’s 16 oz bottle runs for $15 and I believe Dr. Bronner’s is a little less than that. If you’re not familiar with castile soap, please oh please introduce yourself to it. This stuff is fantastic for body and hair as well as using as a cleaning agent for household chores. There really isn’t anything it can’t do. And since I’m a fan of lavender, I just love how relaxing and calming this smells.

Lavender & Chamomile Creamy Shea Butter Soap ($5)

Bar soap lovers rejoice! This bar of soap is currently sitting in my guest bathroom and the gal pals that come to visit can’t stop complimenting me on it. If you’re not a fan of lavender (I know many aren’t), you’ll appreciate how lightly scented this is. In fact, both the lavender and chamomile are subdued. Which is nice. This soap gives off a very nice and creamy lather.

Unlike many bar soaps, it doesn’t leave the hands and body streaky clean but cleansed and moisturized instead.

Organic Whipped Shea Butter-Pink Grapefruit ($7.50)

Oooooh how I adore shea butter! Especially white shea butter. I find it to be less nutty in smell in comparison to yellow shea butter. While I’m okay with my shea butters being fragrance-free the subtle whiff of pink grapefruit bodes well with me. It’s really hard to scent shea butter so it isn’t a prominent smell. The pink grapefruit really doesn’t last long on the skin but it smells pretty and citrus-y at first application.

Peppermint Lip Butter ($5)

Oooh la laaaaa. While I’m not a fan of dipping my fingers into lip products, I have actually just take this tin and rub the product over my lips. I’m not sure how much more sanitary that is but hey….it works. The primary ingredients of this lippy are shea and mango butters, argan and avocado oil. Oh, and that decadent essential peppermint oil too. It feels divine on the lips and I find myself using it more than my beloved Sugar Lip Balm. It works beautifully as a base for lipsticks too.

15 Melbourne has a ton of lovely homemade products and I think most have a nice price point. I love supporting smaller independent brands so it was my honor to feature this brand. I love how a great deal of the products are unscented and I’d also love to see some more products in their line-up. Maybe a natural body splash and body oil? Hmmm…

Check out 15 Melbourne and if you make any purchases, tell ’em B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

The NEW Clarisonic Aria. My wallet groans…

I have a love/hate relationships with Clarisonic. And I’m not ashamed to admit this either. We all know why I LOVE the brand. I’ve publicly bragged about them  more times than I can count. I’ve purchased the Mia, played with the Plus and swooned over the Mia 2’s newest colors. Any time I’m asked about my favorite skincare products, I tell folx to save their pennies and get a Clarisonic.

So how I can hate Clarisonic at the same time? Because these magicians keep coming out with MORE Clarisonics that I feel like I HAVE to purchase. And just how in the world do you justify having more than one Clarisonic? How? You can’t. And for that I both scoff and jump for joy every time I see a Clarisonic doused in a new shade. And in this case…an entirely new brush.

Her name is Aria. A beautiful name for such a beautiful device. These press photos don’t do her any justice but she’s a beaut. And she’s glossy. Glossy! That’s like a synonym for glitter. Beauty lovers love glossy and glittery packaging.

Check out some of the specs of Lady Aria herself…

  • three speeds make for a variety of customizable cleansing options
  • an illuminated bezel indicates speed selection as well as pause and charging modes
  • a USB enabled p-Link charger allows you to recharge Aria
  • the convertible drying stand, which can be used on your sink or in your shower, converts into a charging cradle by simply attaching the pLink charger
  • beautifully modern high-gloss finish
  • two-year warranty ensures longevity


Dude, this chick is fancy yo. She comes with a USB charger and an illuminated bezel? I mean…wow. Priced at $199, she sits comfortably between the Mia ($119) and the Plus ($225). *sigh* I hate that I feel like I need it. I hate that I’ll be dreaming about this bloody thing until it’s in my possession. But I love that it exists.

The Clarisonic Aria is currently available online and in Sephora stores. For Clarisonic lovers who are like me and can never say “no”, give my condolences  to your wallet.


Willa Naturals: Natural skincare for tweens.

Inspired by the delicate skin of her preteen, Christy Prunier has launched a natural skincare line of products just for the preteens and teens of the world. And the name of the brand is Willa!

Dear Mama Clumps,
How come you never developed a skincare line and named it after me? I guess it’s never too late to start. Bee’s Lippies, maybe? Let’s think about it.

Seriously though – what a cool concept, uh? I mean think about it – you’re 10, 11, 12 or 13…you don’t know much about skincare but you do realize you should be doing more than just splashing water on it at night. What do you use? Your Mom’s face wash has anti-aging properties splattered all over it and your younger sister’s products are for babies. And come on…you’re not a baby. And hence why Willa was born!

I think this line absolutely fills the market of young girls who are taking baby steps into skincare. And I just love that the brand omits the yucky ingredients It’s a paraben-free, cruelty-free and sulfate-free brand. I got to play around with the foaming cleanser and moisturizer. I wanted to use them and tap into my 11-year old self. Would I have used this back then?

Foaming Face Wash ($11 for 5.1 fl oz)

Developed to be a gentle face wash, the goal is simple: it helps to remove dirt from the skin. That’s it. And that’s really all a preteen needs in a face wash, right? The foaming action makes it easy to not over-distribute and it’s fun!

My 11-year old self would have had a ball with this. Scent-wise, I picked up on a ton of lavender but it’s not an overwhelming but pleasant enough for the young girls. I can appreciate that it doesn’t smell too kiddy. I would have cried if this smelled like bubblegum or somethin’ like that. Ick.

Clear Face Moisturizer ($11.50 for 1 fl oz)

While I think the packaging for this kid is a bit too small, I love the concept behind this moisturizer. Unlike most moisturizers on the market it isn’t super creamy or heavy. It’s a lightweight serum and has aloe, grape seed extract and has eucalyptus throughout. Genius! This is exactly what preteen skin needs. And by lightweight, they mean lightweight…

Of course my troubled skin requires more but this is perfect for the younger girlies. I love the scent on this one as it is very faint and dissipates after application. The moisturizer sinks in the skin but doesn’t feel oily or greasy.

What an adorable brand! The packaging is right up the alley of the preteens of the world and I think the products I’ve tried are pretty stellar. The price point is a little higher than what a parent may want to pay for but I’ll be one of those mommies that stresses healthy hygiene and so an investment of a “good” brand of skincare products is worth it to me.

Willa also has an Acne Spot Treatment Click Pen, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, Face Towelettes, Cucumber Masks, Body Lotion and cutesy glosses. Everything is under $17.50 so parents won’t be breaking the bank if their daughters (or sons) develop a Willa obsession.

Adorable, right? You can scoop up Willa products online and at select Target sotres and J.Crew’s.


Okay, admit it – who else wasn’t thinking about healthy skin betwen the ages of 10 and 13? Anyone?

The day a body wash changed my skin…for the better!

Lately my skin has been making me cry. And sorry y’all – I don’t feel all that petty about crying over skin. It doesn’t mean I’m vain. It just means that if my skin isn’t in perfect condition at any given moment – I’m liable to drop tears over it. Which seems fair, right?

No? Oh. Welllssss, along with my Eurcerin Healthy Skin Challenge, I’ve been using products that have been specifically recommended to me by  a Eucerin dermatologist. We had a Skype meeting and she was so sweet just listening to me complain about the eternal wreck that is my skin. I told her about my acne, eczema/dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, perpetual dry skin and the hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy. She listened intently and recommended that I try these two products.

Also known as the Skincare Dream Team. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Say hello to Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash ($7.99).

First of all, this is my first time trying a body wash like this. Yes, I know I’m Ms. Naturalista Who Likes To Make Her Own Soap but my homemade bar soaps have been getting less and less attention since I’ve tried this. Simply put: this body wash is freaking awesome. First of all, it actually MOISTURIZES the skin. And it’s fragrance-free.

Although I grew up using body washes, I’ve had to stop using most of them because no matter how much they claim to moisturize the skin, they really don’t. At least not for my skin. Most body washes makes my eczema worse and so I’m left battling cleansed skin but insanely itchy and dry skin. The inclusion of oils in this body wash has me doing cartwheels because at initial glance and touch, I can see and feel said oil…

On the skin, it lathers nicely and so I feel like I’m getting a good cleanse but after rinsing, my skin doesn’t feel streaky clean. Instead, the oil seems to sink in. Wow! And yes, it IS fragrance-free but I can get a whiff of a faint “natural oil” smell. It doesn’t bother me but if you aren’t used to oils, it may throw you off a bit. Then again I’d rather smell like oils than like a field of artificial flowers. I’m just sayin’…

I can’t sing enough praises about this body wash. I just…can’t. I hope Eucerin never stops making it. And I’m not the only one lovin’ this stuff. Just check out the reviews.

And then there’s the Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment body lotion ($7.99).

Eucerin is following suit with many other brands to help target those of us who have not only dry skin but super itchy skin as well. I’ve tried several commercial brands and have a favorite so I was curious to see how Eucerin Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment could sway me. The claims seem impressive enough.

…and I like the inclusion of menthol; which I know can provide a nice and cooling feeling. Consistency-wise, I would have liked the lotion to have been on the thicker side.

But it isn’t watery like most drugstore lotions are, so I’m not complaining. The menthol effect does kick in after slathering it on the skin and it feels really nice. My skin always feels completely moisturized when I use it. I tend to only use the lotion on my problem areas (neck and back) and moisturize everywhere else with coconut oil. It works surprisingly well!

I’ve been using these 2 products for a week now and while I am head over heels in love with the body wash, I will continue using both for optimal results. My eczema is still around and I’m not sure it will ever completely disappear, as it is a chronic skin disease, but I love that I’m not so itchy and flaky.

Any other eczema suffers in the house? And have you ever heard of an oil-based body oil?

Giveaway! Softsoap Vineyard Escape Relaxation Package!

Yep, it’s still the giveaway season and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Hope you beautiful people don’t mind. As y’all know – I am a lover of fragrance-free and naturally-fragranced products. I’ve been this way for a few years and it’s not because I don’t like smelling pretty, because I do. But, I’ve found that heavily scented fragrances not only make me nauseous at times but can contribute to my horrible migraines. And so I got rid of my of bottles of eau de toilette, super smelly lotions and soaps and swapped them for products without scents. Which, okay, is not fun but I’m in a happier place without dealing with overwhelming scents.

However, I know most women enjoy pretty smells and that’s why I continue to review and feature products that I’m sure most ladies would love. Like this Softsoap Vineyard Escape body wash.

I love love LOVE when body washes have a scrub built-in. In this case, this body wash has exfoliating fruit seeds (I wonder what fruit…) and they do a fantastic job at cleansing the skin while exfoliating it. This body wash is all about indulging in the moment. Y’know…forgetting that you’ve got a thousand emails to check, dinner to cook and doggies to walk. The bathtub is a sacred place and I’m all for truly relaxing up in there.

Scent-wise, I don’t have too many aversions to this one. It’s got a sweet smell that doesn’t linger for hours at a time. It’s a refreshing body wash for those who have an affinity towards fruity fragrances.

Softsoap is going to gift one Clumps of Mascara reader with the following:

-Softsoap Vineyard Escape Scrub
-A sweet smellin’ candle
-A plush loofah

Yes girls ‘n guys…it’s a nice little package for you to take a few minutes to indulge yourself. How can you win this? I’ll be choosing one U.S.-based reader who has left a comment on any blog post in the past 2 weeks. It’s that easy! If you’ve been a commentin’, you’re already covered.

I’ll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, August 22nd!

Good lucky, duckies!


[Giveaway winner has been selected]

Take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge

Time to take a pledge, guys and gals! It’s a heavy commitment so if you don’t think you’re ready, give it some time and think about it. Y’all know how serious I am about skincare. I’ve even claimed to spend any amount of money on my skincare simply because I believe healthy skin is worth the investment.

I’m a wee bit late in posting it but last month’s challenge of my Eucerin Healthy Skin challenge was to encourage you beautiful people to take the Eucerin Skin First Pledge. What’s this pledge all about?

By taking the pledge, you are…

  • Choosing to put the health of your skin first.
  • Pledging to protect and defend your skin.
  • Making skincare a priority for yourself, your family and friends.
  • Deciding to treat your skincare more like healthcare.

I’ve already taken the pledge and you can do so as well by visiting EucerinUS.com and Eucerin’s Facebook page. I promise it shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds. If that!

Yay for making healthy and beautiful skin a priority!

A QVC exclusive – tarte’s What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately?

Ohmigoodness, ohmigoodness! I know I’m supposed to be on a pseudo-hiatus but I had to break away from the sofa and Benson and Stabler to preach about the awesomeness that is this tarte on QVC deal. Good ole’ QVC has had me lusting over jewelry, kitchen gadgets and curtains for years and oh yeah, they feature a slew of my favorite beauty brands. Including the illustrious tarte, of course.

This isn’t tarte’s first time debuting fabulousness on QVC. Their maracuja oil has made several appearances. This set, however, has got to be hands down my favorite of the bunch. You get SO much and it’s all under $50. Which is a big deal considering tarte’s prices can be on the pricey (albeit worthy) side.

Check this out, mamas…

For one day and one day only (that’s THIS Friday, July 13th), you can snag the tarte What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately? collection. What’s included?

  • LipSurgence Lip Shine in Smitten (new product!)
  • Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball (new product!)
  • Retoucher Flawless Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush (new product!)
  • Maracuja Miracle 12-hr foundation w/  SPF 15 (new product!)
  • ModernEYES Waterproof Creaseless Shadow in Plum Brown (Liner in PlumBerry)  (new product!)
  • Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black

I was glad that I was able to get my hands on this collection so that I could do a quick review of the new products to give you an idea of what to expect if you want to scoop it up.

LipSurgence Lip Shine in Smitten

This shade is a bit on the bright rose-y side and I’m not sure it compliments my warm hue very well but man, I love the consistency and how it feels on the lips. I’ve reviewed le LipSurgence lippies before but I think I like this one better because it’s sans glitter. There’s also a built-in sharpener which is perfect for toting around!

Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball

So excited to see the epic Maracjua oil in a travel-friendly rollerball. I adore everything about this oil. I find it perfect for using on the hair, skin, nails, body….everywhere! It’s a fragrance-free oil that sinks into skin but doesn’t leave an oily residue the way other oils can. I reviewed it here and I am still regularly using it.

Retoucher Flawless Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

This brush – ohmiwords – this brush is incredibly soft. It’s definitely softer than what I expected it to be and I find it perfect for applying blushes to the cheeks. Yah, I know it’s a foundation brush but I find that I get much better use out of brushes like these when I use them for blushes, bronzers and highlighters. The rounded head makes for easy movement. Plus I really love the design on the handle.

Maracuja Miracle 12-hr foundation w/  SPF 15

Oooooh, foundation! And there’s a brown-girl friendly shade too. Unfortunately, I found this “Deep” to be too light for me which broke my heart a bit as it is the darkest of the 5 shades. tarte has never been one to have a ton of brown-girl friendly shades when it comes to their foundations. I knew that when I spied this foundation and so I didn’t get my hopes up too high. Ah well. Consistency-wise, it feels nice air-y and I love that there’s SPF built-in. The shades are as follows: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep.

ModernEYES Waterproof Creaseless shadow/liner

It’s been a while since I’ve played with a tarte liner, but when they say creaseless, honey, they mean creaseless. This 2-in-1 product totes the shadow on one side and the liner on the other. Both are nice shades that will work for daytime and nighttime looks. Both are great at lasting on and around the lid area for hours at a time. However, if you’re like me and have oily lids, you’ll probably have to wear a primer when  wearing the shadow. No biggie.

Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

Won’t say much about this because I’ve got an entire review on it here. This is hands down my FAVORITE tarte mascara. It volumizes and lasts longer than most natural mascaras.

Overall, for $49.98 I say you’re getting a darn good deal. Even if the foundation shade happens to be off a bit, the mascara, brush, maracuja oil and lippie impress me enough to consider this a steal. You will only be able to get this on Friday, July 13th on QVC and QVC.com.

Whatcha think? Think you’ll be grabbing? Somehow I think Janet Jackson will approve this collection. Haha, get it? Someone….anyone?

Eucerin Skincare Challenge giveaway – 5 winners!

OMG! OMG! It stopped raining here in Orlando! This is indeed breaking news because it’s been monsoon-ing in Central Florida for a good 5 days now. I’m not complaining because a) we need the rain and b) it’s summertime in Florida and it ALWAYS rains. So yeah.

In non-rain news, I recently had the opportunity to have a skin consultation via Skype with the beautiful and talented Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton of Ingleton Dermatology in New York City. My consultation with her was the official kick-off to my Eucerin Skincare Challenge and I could not have been more excited.

I rambled on and on about my skincare issues (hyperpigmentation, mild acne, eczema, dryness – need I go on?) and she was so patient and kind. She gave me some suggestions and product recommendations. Two of ’em are here!

Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion with SPF 30 and Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15.

Both are Fragrance Free and can I be honest? I much prefer skincare products that don’t have strong fragrances. And I know I’m the minority in that regard but I love that a great deal of Eucerin’s products are free of dyes and fragrances.

I’ve been slacking on slathering sunscreen on my face. I know, I know. I still haven’t found the BEST everyday wear sunscreen for my skin type and hue but I’ve been giving Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion a whirl and it hasn’t been too shabby.

A little goes a looooong way. And by little, I mean you probably need less than a pump. One pump gives you quite a bit of product.

And even after rubbing…

And rubbing…

…it takes sometime before it sinks into my skin. Many brown girls have issues with sunscreens leaving a white film on their faces and I’m no stranger to that issue. Luckily, it took nothing more than some elbow grease to really get this to sink into the skin. Unfortunately the face lotion isn’t without the sunscreen-y smell. It’s something I’ve become used to because I know I HAVE to wear it no matter what.

And when it comes to the zee body, the Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion does great at moisturizing even the ashiest skin (ahem…mine) while giving the added protection of SPF 15.

I love that the formula is on the thicker side because nothing sucks more than a watery lotion.

In honor of my Eucerin Skin Challenge, I’ll be hosting a giveaway! FIVE lucky ladies (or guys) will each score 1 bottle of Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion and 1 bottle of Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15. Yup!

Enter the Rafflecopter to be eligible to win.
Giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
If you’d rather email me your entry, please do so at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Good luck!

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