MBFW-Swim 2011: Clarisonic booth

It’s no surprise that I am an enormous Clarisonic fan. In addition to regular visits with my dermatologist, it was the Clarisonic Mia face brush that helped my skin turn around. And those of y’all who have read the Acne Sucks series know just how funky my skin was can be at times. I was SO excited about getting a little facial at Clarisonic’s booth at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week-Swim.

Have you heard of the Clarisonic’s baby sister,  the Opal?

This powerful cutie patootie promises to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles under and around the eyes. And yeah, I know I’m only 25 but it’s important to start these preventive treatments now. And you know why else I dig the Opal? It helps me breathe a little better breaking massaging my sinuses. Score!

After my facial I got a chance to chit-chat with Dr. Robb Akridge, one of the co-founders of Clarisonic.

I asked him if he thought the Clarisonic face brush could help brown girls with with hyperpigmentation. He told me that hyperpigmentation is a clinical issue and he couldn’t say for sure. But is the Clarisonic face brush worth the investment for those looking to repair and maintain their skin’s health? Um….yeah!

Clarisonic was also present backstage at the shows to buff the models’ faces and bodies’ to perfection. Make-up and lotion literally sinks right in on freshly Clarisonic’d skin. Loves it!!

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A Sunburned Reminder…

Dear Brown Girls,

We do get sunburned. I have the worst one ever and summer JUST begun. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside and it looks like my every day moisturizer just ain’t gonna cut it. My face is about 14 different colors right now with my nose being the most burnt.

It ain’t a good look. Learn from me. Of course I’ll be talking more about brown girls and the sun in the coming weeks. Including how to heal and repair the skin if you’ve been a victim like me.

I was born and raised in Florida so you would think I would know better. *guilty sigh*

Enjoy your weekend! Clumps will  be back at it on Monday and I’ll finally be reviewing NYX’s Doll Eyes. Only took me 12 years to get to that. Hahaaaa!!

Love,

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. 😉

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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?

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: 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?

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: Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser

Well y’all…it’s about time I review the cleanser I’ve been using and loving for months now. Philosophy’s Purity ain’t new to the skincare world. This Best of Sephora winner in 2008 is probably one of the best cleansers I have ever used. Let’s get down to the basics.


Hit the jump to get the skinny….

This baby comes in many different sizes. What you see is the 8 oz for $20 but they also have…

3 oz for $10
16 oz for $32
24 oz for $40

I’ve seen that 24 oz in person before. It is huge, y’all! Why any one needs THAT much cleanser at a time is beyond me. Ha! Either way, the cleanser can be considered a tad bit pricey. I recommend grabbing the 3 oz if you are super skeptical. But I think you’ll be back because the cleanser delivers.

What they say it’s supposed to do:
“Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a ph-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.” (source)


Pretty simple, uh? Oh wait—they already said that. I love how creamy it is.


In fact, it doesn’t really feel like your typical cleanser. And when it hits water, instead of foaming, it produces a few bubbles that feel heavenly on the face.


I typically use this with my Clarisonic Mia and I LOVE it. It doesn’t have any strong scents and does not leave the skin streaky clean. At the same time, however, I can always tell that my skin got a good cleansing. This has been the only cleanser I have used for the past few months and my acne prone skin has been actin’ right. Holla!

So yes…it really is that simple. I love this stuff and will definitely be purchasing again. And again. And probably again.

Have y’all tried Purity? Any Philosophy fans out there?

This Day in Black History:
1915-Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal 
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