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

Spa Day at Casa de Mama Clumps!

*skipping Mascara Monday this time around. Reviews will resume Jan 10, 2010*


This is what a Spa Day looks like at Mama Clumps’ house. She wanted to treat my cousins (l-r: Nikki, BriAna and Corey) to an evening of making products that they could use to pamper themselves. First they made homemade hand sanitizers.

What you’ll need to make this:
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup of vodka or EverClear alcohol
10 drops of fragrance oil
1 drop of food coloring (optional)

First you mix up everything…

…then you funnel it in a re-usable bottle. Mama Clumps is eco-friendly.


…lastly, name it whatever you want and label it!


Mommy also made soap petals.


Why didn’t I think about giving these away as gifts? Grated soap with a tad bit of water makes a milky consistency in which loose flower (fake) petals can be dipped it. Toss them in a dish and place them in your bathroom. Way better than pump soap, right?

Mommy and Corey also made shea based body butters.


…and lavender bath soaks.


…and body fragrances


And after everyone soaked their feet in the bath soaks they made, I did nails!


Every time I see Mama Clumps whip up goodies so effortlessly, I wonder why I moved out. I mean, seriously…she can make anything!

‘Twas a wonderful post-Christmas gift for us all.

Do you have ‘spa days’? Or make your own products? Next time I head, I’m going to have Mama Clumps help me make a lip balm. And of course I’ll need another dose of my nettle infused jojoba hair oil.

Mama knows best!

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours…Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! I am one of those annoying people that really get into Christmas each year. I woke up at the crack of dawn as if I were 5 years old.

I love Christmas. And I love the Clumps family.

Posts will resume next Tuesday. Until then, I am available via email: Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Love you all!
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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!

(photo source)

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.

Giveaway Winners! Venus Embrace razors

So remember this giveaway that Venus sponsored in which 5 lucky ladies will win a Venus Embrace razor a piece? 65 of you and selected one number between the numbers 1 and 10.

I put each number on a piece of paper and folded them up.


Then I selected one:


2 it is! Each lady who selected the number 2 with her entry would have a chance to win. And guess what? Only five of you selected 2. Isn’t that funny? I checked and double checked. Congratulations to the lucky 5!

  • antithesis
  • Katie
  • izumi
  • kukaberry
  • lola

Be sure to shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com with your mailing information so we can get those razors off to you. Thanks again to Venus and stay tuned for another giveaway.

Love y’all!

Mascara Monday: MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash

It’s been a while since I’ve played around with a MAC Cosmetics mascara. It’s been a while since I’ve played around with MAC period. Besides, with a name like Zoom Fast Black Lash, it has to be good, right?

Hmmm…

MAC Cosmetics’ Zoom Fast Black Lash

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.00 at MAC stores and MACCosmetics.com)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “An intensely rich, deep, carbon black mascara that instantly combs and lifts the lashes for incredible volume and length. A deeper, darker version of the popular Zoom Lash Zoomblack shade.” (source)

The truth:
Wowsers! My lashes look like falsies!

What I loved about it: It gave me super black lashes with lots of length.

What I didn’t like: It was crazy clumpy around the second coat.

Overall: First of all, try saying Zoom Fast Black Lash 4 times fast. I mean, my goodness…what a mouth full, uh? This mascara first debuted on MAC’s Black Style collection this past September. It’s out again and this time it will stay. I reviewed the original Zoomlash here. I would have loved to compare the two. But ZFBL isn’t half bad. The wand makes for great application.


Isn’t that gorgeous? Those tiny bristles mean you can get in the inner corners and lower lashes effortlessly. One of the things I love about this mascara is how intense the black pigment is. It is insane! But it is also one of the contributing factors to the the clumpiness that I experienced at the second coat. It actually does okay with one coat but of course I always have to push it to the limit.

I’d love if they had this in waterproof. And I don’t like how heavy it is. It really seems to weigh down my lashes but I don’t experience much flaking.

You’re best bet with this? Stick with one coat….


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

See…if it weren’t for the clump factor, my lashes would totally look like falsies.


Ah well….not an epic fail.


Would I recommend it?: I think it’s a great intensity mascara but only if you’re okay with applying one coat. I like build-able mascaras so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: NARS Albatross is the bee’s knees


I can’t believe I am just now sharing this y’all and I’ve been using it for ages!When I first saw NARS Albatross highlighter ($25) in person, I wasn’t impressed. It looked to be a little too shimmery for me and a tad bit too frosty for my brown skin. But then it came in my NARS Bridal palette. And oh.mi.goodness. What was I thinking? Albatross is a MUST have.

Reader Petrina wanted me to do a formal review on it so I decided to do that AND incorporate it in a FOTD. Sound good?

Sephora describes Albatross has a “sheer light golden sheen” which I think is pretty accurate. It is packaged in the same packaging as the blushes but is most known as a highlighter.

Promise me that y’all won’t laugh at the condition of my Albatross. It’s been through rough times but it is still beautiful and that’s all that matters.

Talk about a depotting job gone wrong. HA! So with a quick swipe and no blending, Albatross looks like this:


A bit frosty , right? But with a quick swish swish….


That’s better, right?

So what do you DO with Albatross? I looooove it as a highlight under my brows. I also use it on my cheeks. I’ll show you how later. For this FOTD, I wanted Albatross to pop–which is does so easily on my ‘seems like’ 3-mile long lids. See….


It’s a little more subdued in natural light, I promise.

 

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
(same ole’ same ole’…if my skin likes it, so do I!)EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hip cream paint in Witty

NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Cranberry e/s
Too Faced Mocha Meteor e/s
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Inglot lipstick in 204 <—so in love!

Sometimes we take life too seriously. Goofy faces are essential every….5 minutes or so. :)

Albatross’ placement on the cheeks…


There you have it…some examples of how GREAT Albatross is.

Do you have Albatross? How do you rock it?

..and speaking of shimmery thangs, L’Oreal HIP has graced us with some new shadows.


I tweeted this yesterday and most folx weren’t impressed. I’m not either as they seem to be a tad bit frosty. But we’ll see….I’ll snag them and do some swatching. Of course when they go on sale. LOL!

Have an awesome weekend,