Soooo About Eyeglasses…1 Pair? Or Many?

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This post is  brought to you by Zenni eyeglasses and it has been a hot little minute since I’ve been shopping for eyeglasses. Once upon a time a very loooooong time ago, I actually spent hundreds of dollars on my eyeglasses. I did. I was foolish enough to think that I could only purchase my eyeglasses in the same little office where I had my office exams. It just made sense, right? Exam + purchase = a happy girl with her vision correction. And then I discovered Zenni eyeglasses and I have seen the light.

I remember when eyeglasses were primarily for people that actually needed the vision correction. Now and days, eyeglasses are a fashion accessory. Some people rock ‘em…for no reason, actually. And hey, if that’s your thing, who am I to knock it? But seriously, if you’re going to spend money on non-prescription glasses, it could help if said glasses didn’t cost you an arm and a leg, am I right?

Zenni rocks because you can snag fashionable and gorgeous frames for affordable prices. The “nerd” look appears to be in style (which is crazy because when I was growing up, it definitely wasn’t a style…ha!) and Zenni has a nice selection of larger frames that will likely fit girls and guys of all face shapes.

I’ve managed to put 3 different frames in my cart and to my guys and girls that rock eyeglasses, riddle me this…do you stick with 1 pair of glasses or do you tend to switch it up a bit? I’m not able to do change my frames everyyyyyday, but I kinda like the idea of having a few bold frames and then 1 or 2 neutral and professional frames.

What say you?

Join Me For The #TIBeautyBash Twitter Party!

Prestige Cosmetics Twitter party

Hey girls, hey! It’s been a minute since I’ve hosted a Twitter party so when the brand Prestige Cosmetics asked me if I’d like to co-host one with OMG Artistry, I, of course said YES. Twitter parties are fun! Especially when the chance to win goodies are involved.

On Wednesday night at 7pm EST, us beauty lovers will be all be tweeting to get a sneak peek at the newest Total Intensity products by Prestige Cosmetics. Yours truly has already had a chance to play with these and ohmigoodness, girls…if you love vibrant and bright shades, you are going to LOVE these products.

BUT, in order to get a chance to WIN 1 of 5 door prizes, you must RSVP here. Seriously, do it now. Follow the hashtag #TIBeautyBash and we’ll see you there!

Poppin’ Pimples with Clinique

I’m 29 years old. And I get more acne now than I did when I was 19. Which is a cruel cruel trick. The crazy thing is…I take more care of my skin now than I did back then so you would think that my skin would be better, but yeah no.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Our beloved Clinique has recently launched their new Acne Solutions Clinical line and they say that the results of these products are as good as prescription acne drugs. Major claim, guys. I got a sample of the Clearing Gel and have been dabbing it on a pimple for the past few days.

Like many acne treatments, the main ingredient in this stuff is salicylic acid. The fragrance-free gel is lightweight, cooling and dries almost immediately after applying it to skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel packaging

I’m a bit surprised that Clinique is just now giving us a line of products specifically for targeting acne. In addition to helping prevent future breakouts, the gel also has sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents. Basically, if you’re looking for a mega acne busting gel, this stuff won’t disappoint.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel on skin

If you’ve never visited Clinique.com, check it out because the reviews on the site practically sell the products. I’m serious. The gel is relatively new so the reviews are being cranked out just yet but give it time.

This stuff is pretty awesome and if should be at your local Clinique counter now and on Clinique.com.

Soooo….who else is a grown woman with acne? I know I’m not the only one.

Wanna Guess My Shoe Size?

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Girls! Oh, how I’ve missed y’all. Granted, I haven’t been away for that long, but I have been missing clicking that “Add New” post button that glows every time I log onto my WordPress dashboard. Thank you all so so much for the support and sincere comments on my Can’t Do It All post. Y’know, it really does take a village. Not just to raise a child but to continue to grow and figure out this LIFE thing. I can’t do it alone. I don’t want to do it alone. No one should. I am beyond grateful to have so many of you in my village.

In other news, guess who will be running her second 5K of the year on Saturday? Me! Woot! Best Damn Race (sorry Ma…it’s really called that) is coming to Orlando and many of the gals in my Black Girls RUN! group have been raving about this race. Apparently, serving participants cold beer after race is a great motivator to get people to sign up.

Well. Beer tastes like sour liquid bread to me so I’m not excited about that part. But I am excited about the medal. I haven’t really trained for this one. Sorry, not sorry. Between fighting this cold, not having a babysitter and being too lazy to run at work, I just haven’t really gotten a good practice run in. Oh well. A few of the girls in my running group and I will be doing intervals so that should give me a good pace.

But yes, overall…I feel so much lighter now that I don’t have the stress of getting posts up. I’ve been able to come home and just relax. It has been amazing. I guess I’m comforted by the fact that you guys aren’t going anywhere. Right?

Right? Don’t leave meeeeee!

Okay, I’m kidding. But really…thank you. And how gorgeous are my new kicks up there? Hot, right? I got them custom fitted for me by the amaziiiiiiing team at Fleet Feet in Altamonte Springs. Guess what size running shoe I wear? A freaking 11, y’all!!! Craziness. But I’ll take it. Big lips, big boobage and big feet. I’ll take it all.

Check in soon. :wink:

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 118

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Phyrra – shares her favorite DIY beauty for eyes, lips and hair.

we heart this – wants to introduce you to a drugstore lip stain that is glossy, pigmented and all kinds of PERFECT.

Clumps of Mascara – has finally tried the brand Yes to Carrots. Not sure what took so long but now I’m in love and can’t stop bragging about their awesomeness !

EauMG – finally found a celebrity perfume to enjoy! Dita Von Teese EDP is a sultry floral over smoldering incense. And the packaging is fit for any glamour gal!

Gouldylox Reviews – What is the best DIY beauty hack? The Makeup Wars team compares their favorites. Which one is yours?

My Beauty Bunny – We’re so excited to announce the My Beauty Bunny Exfoliating Moisturizer is now on the virtual shelves! The cruelty-free lotion gently exfoliates and helps minimize fine lines, and works with all skin types.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there was a new drugstore liquid liner that could change your life? OK, maybe not your life, but it just might change your outlook on liquid liners (in a good way).

Prime Beauty – dreams of being a ballerina but for now she’ll settle for looking like one with the Lancôme French Ballerine Spring 2014 Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Honey from Honeygirl’s World. She covers beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I really like her tutorials and her recent Honey Bella Rosa tutorial combines gold and purple, two of my favorite shades.

Question of the Week:

In your opinion, what’s the most overrated beauty product of all time?

B says, “MAC’s lipsticks. They’re just…meh.”

What’s insanely overrated for you?

See you next week!

I Can’t Do It All. So I Won’t.

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I’m a stubborn woman. I ignore sleep when I’m exhausted. If it doesn’t work the first time, I keep trying. I overwhelm myself with promises and responsibilities and then get into mental clusters. Some would say, well…“Welcome to Motherhood”. But honestly, I was like this before my sweet girl graced my life. My Type A personality enjoys taking over and it wasn’t until a friend told me “You can do it all.” that I realized, well…that I CAN’T do it all.

Oh, but honey, I’ve tried. Attempting to raise a sweet toddler who understands English, Spanish, sign language and who gets enough exposure to nature, diversity, music and healthy food? Done. Work full-time at a job that sends me on trips and requires my undivided attention the entire time I am there? No problem. Maintain a 6-year old beauty blog by keeping up with new products and trends, draft posts, connect with the world on social media, take 1,000 pictures of a mascara and polish my nails 5 times in 20 minutes? Cool. Sign up and train for 4 races before April? Easy peasy. Be a loving and supportive wife to my workaholic husband, attend church regularly, volunteer at events on the weekend, plan and prepare healthy meals for my family, be active in social groups, keep up with friendships, find time for “me”. Um…how? How can I do all of that?

I’ve tried. And honestly? I’m failing at it. I want so badly to be MORE than “just a Mom”. I’m trying to be everything to everyone and…failing. I am beginning to scale back. Which is why you may notice sporadic posts on Clumps of Mascara. It’s the reason why sometimes I post on Instagram and sometimes I don’t. I stopped going to so many social meetings. Life can be simple. We complicate it. Oftentimes, WE are our own problems. My goal is to simplify as much as I can.

To spend time with my baby instead of rushing to post a picture of her.
To enjoy that date with my husband without snapping shots of food to upload to Instagram.
To enjoy training for my races without posting an update each time I put on my kicks.
To live disconnected.

And that’s tough considering my day job requires me to be connected aaaaand, my night job requires me to be connected. To share, to comment, to post, to snap. I don’t want to. I just want to be…

Being is easier and most times more gratifying than doing.

Thank you so much for understanding that I can’t do it all. And for supporting me through my faults.

OPI Gwen Stefani nail polish Collection

When I first heard about OPI doing a collection with the iconic Gwen Stefani, I was all like…”What took so long?” I mean, honestly…she should have had her own collection a long time ago, am I right? I actually had to sit down and explain who No Doubt was to my coworker’s little sister the other day and uh…I felt old. No Doubt rocked my high school years. I played Rock Steady daily. Love.Angel.Music.Baby gave me life. Gwen is my girl and when I did cartwheels (lol, not really tho) when press samples of this 7-piece collection landed in my mailbox.

OPI Gwen Stefani collection

Let’s do a quick overview of these babies…

OPI I Sing In Color nail polish

I Sing In Color is a dark and vampy red. And even in the dark, it still looks red which is a big deal in my book. It reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ Lamestain and it is just as sweet in that it doesn’t bleed into my cuticles. LOVE!

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby nail polish

Love.Angel.Music.Baby is a gold matte with a satin-y formula and lemme tell you, I’ve never been a fan of golds but this one is goooorgeous. I’ve always been a fan of OPI’s satin formula. They do it beautifully. I’ve been meaning to do a look with this gold and black. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be?

OPI Hey Baby nail polish

Hey Baby is a bright pink creme and there really isn’t much to say about this this one. You know how I feel about pinks. They are all starting to look the same at this point….

OPI In True Stefani Fashion

In True Stefani Fashion is a silver glitter with a nice amount of holographic glitter dumped in. I layered it over Hey Baby and it adds a nice little sparkle. It’s just an average glitter, though. Definitely something that most nail polish lovers probably already own.

OPI 4 In The Morning nail polish

4 In The Morning is a black satin. This has been done before but as I’ve mentioned, no one does this satin nail polish formula like OPI. This is such a perfect fit for Gwen’s collection. It’s smooth, sexy and applies like a dream.

This collection also features Push and Shove, a silver chrome and Over & Over A-Gwen, a red creme. Push and Shove comes in a set with a base coat and the silver chrome. It’s a beautiful chrome but somehow I found the lasting power to be only so so. And we all know OPI does reds beautifully so Over & Over A-Gwen is just fantastic.

I love everything about Gwen so I would have loved more umph in this collection. I do like the use of various texture and formulas and the shade ranges are nice, but I don’t know…this is Gwen we’re talking about. I need some more shock factor!

This collection is currently available anywhere OPI is sold. I’ve spotted every shade at Ulta for $9. Push and Shove goes for $14.99 because it wants to be all fancy and whatnot.

Any Gwen lovers out there? What do you think? Did this collection do her justice?

WHAT? How Have I Not Tried Yes to Carrots?

First of all, I am a bit embarrassed at having never tried the brand Yes to Carrots. I mean, seriously? Am I deserving of the beauty blogger title? I’m not sure, girls. But when a press sample of this landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t help but get geeked up and here’s why…

Yes To Carrots

(1) It’s fragrance free and (2) It’s fragrance free!

People think I’m trying to be all hip and cool by preferring only fragrance free products, but I promise I’m not. Fragrances don’t bode well with my problematic skin and even if I didn’t have THOSE issues, I’ve got the “fragrance so strong that I’ve entered Migraine Hell” issue. I stopped wearing perfumes years ago simply because just a spritz would send my head a spiralin’. And so I can appreciate when brands that I love and respect cater to the fragrance free lovin’ guys and girls of the world.

I’ve reviewed several facial wipes so really these aren’t crazy different from those. However, I do think that the inclusion of beta carotene (from carrots) to help maintain skin’s softness is a fabulous addition. Also included is Vitamin E which assists in moisturizing the skin.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes fragrance free

As with most facial wipes, I would recommend using your makeup remover prior to using this. While it may do a good job with removing foundation, powder and lipstick, chances are your primary makeup remover will do a better job at removing the heavy duty stuff like waterproof mascara and eye shadow primer.

Yes To Carrots ingredients

Still. For $5.99 which will grant you 25 wipes, I think these are a perfect and budget-friendly option for those who have been wanting to try facial wipes. Aaaanad, you can easily find them at Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipe

Weeeee! Now I want to try the entire line-up of Yes to Carrots stuff. What should I try next?