Run to your nearest CVS cosmetics’ aisle now!


What you see in the above photo are some INSANE deals I got at CVS. Maybe they are cleaning up their cosmetics’ departments or maybe they’re just being friendly…who knows and who cares. All I know is some of my favorite drugstore goodies are 75% off! I mean wow…

L’Oreal HIP duos ended up being $1.99. That’s $6.00 off!
Milani quads were $1.75. Saved me $5.24!

Of course, I don’t need all of that stuff. I purchased them for random giveaways. Stay tuned. I’m headed to the Clumps of Mascara Facebook page first!

Have you found any sales at your neighborhood CVS? Do tell!

Carol’s Daughter, Princess and the Frog event

This post is oh so late. Please excuse me, darlings.

Back in November of 2009 (like that was eons ago, ha!) I had the pleasure of attending a Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog event in Atlanta. I LOVE me some Atlanta so it was nothing for me to take a little road trip up North.

If you didn’t know, Carol’s Daughter came out with limited edition products featuring Disney’s Princess and the Frog. See!


I know…sooooo cute, right? The set (retails for $30.50) includes a shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath for the little princess in your life.

I made it to Lenox Square Mall that cold and rainy November day just in time to see Lisa Price, the creator of Carol’s Daughter, mix up a little somethin-somethin right before our eyes.

Using salt, an essential oil blend (jojoba, rosemary, clary sage, etc), peppermint and tapioca pearls, Lisa made an amazing body scrub. We were all able to take some home and of course after I used all of mine, I made some of my own.

Loves it!

I was able to score a few seconds with Lisa in which we talked about the difficulties of transitioning from permed hair to natural hair.


She spoke about the importance of using the right products for your hair while going through that transition. Unfortunately our time was cut short and I SO didn’t get through my list of questions and to be around such an esteemed womanpreneur in her own stomping grounds was quite the honor. And I saw many ladies with beautiful locs, afros, twists and curls! Special love to Tamera who noticed me from Clumps of Mascara.

Don’t forget to grab that Princess and the Frog ‘Magical Beauty Gift Set’ before it sells out.

And have you seen the Princess and the Frog yet? Y’all know I did. It was only THE best Disney movie of all time for me. Well, it’s actually neck in neck with The Lion King but yeah….it was GREAT!

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
Loc Butter

Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Yay to the first mascara review of 2010! I had a wonderful experience with Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume mascara back in the day. Is Healthy Length just as good?

Hmm…..

Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.99 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This breakthrough formula with rice protein instantly extends lashes, while nourishing and strengthening lashes to allow them to grow to their fullest potential.” (per packaging)

The truth:
Hmm….not bad.

What I loved about it: This mascara uses what’s called the “Clean Lash Brush”. Per the packaging it “provides a smooth, clump-free application by combing through lashes from root to tip, for outstanding definition and beautiful length”. I don’t know about all of that but it was great with separating my wonky lashes.

And I don’t know if it’s a defect or not but my wand has a gangsta lean to it. I kinda like it though. It makes applying easier.


What I didn’t like: It does flake a bit which is no bueno for contact wearers.

Overall: Well, Neutrogena has won my heart again! They simply come out with really good mascaras. And it’s so unexpected because when you think of mascara brands, you don’t necessarily think of Neutrogena. Let’s talk about the GREATs of this mascara.

It’s build-able: Some people really desire this in a mascara. While it’s not a must for me, I can appreciate the mascara that is such. Healthy Length will look just fine with one coat and it looks even better with 4 coats. Thanks to the great wand, you won’t experience any clumping.

It’s soft: This mascara just doesn’t feel heavy on the lashes. I love that! In fact, it almost feels like your natural lashes.

The packaging ain’t lyin': Look at this…

Isn’t that grand? I’ve seen SO many mascaras that claim to give you 100x your natural length. LOL…or 80% longer lashes. WTF does that mean? I don’t know. But thank you Neutrogena for keepin’ it real.

This baby did tend to flake a bit but I didn’t notice this until the end of the day and it wasn’t so bothersome that I had to remove it.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Not bad at all!


Would I recommend it?: I would. My lashes got great length and if you’re in the market for a new lengthening mascara, this one isn’t so bad.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: Travel Edition, NYE in NYC

Happy Friday!

Ah yes…it’s another Travel Edition of FOTD Friday. 2009 was a good year for me when it came to traveling. I went to back to Atlanta for my birthday, the Presidential Inauguration in DC, back to Los Angeles, back to the Bahamas and I went to NYC a good 4 times. To find me at home on a weekend was a rarity.

I brought in 2010 the same way….NOT at home. I went to NYC with some girlfriends and wowsers! Enjoy the photo journey.

So despite Jet Blue delaying my flight (they get 2 fails from me…I’m sticking with Delta Airlines), I wanted to hit the city the minute I got in. But cold weather will make you lazy. Liner, mascara, lips and DONE!


And can someone tell me the “cute at night” protocol in NYC? I can stand being cold. But being cute and having to jump on trains and buses in the blistering cold? No ma’am! That weather was killing me softly though. Single digit temps? That’s just unreal where I’m from. But even the bitter cold couldn’t stop me from exploring the city from sun up to sundown for a good 4 days. I’m not the biggest fan of the Time Square area anymore. It was cool when I was okay when I was a super tourist but now it’s just too much, too much and TOO much. I ventured down there anyway.


But only to check out this spot…


I took a TON of pictures and several videos so stay tuned for those.

Has anyone seen Wicked?


O.M.G! It is one of the BEST Broadway plays I have ever seen. Look, I’m green too!


Don’t know how that worked out. HA!

Saturday, January 2nd was my birthday. I turned 25. They say it goes downhill from there but whatev. I’m still a big kid and don’t see that changing any time soon. I had lunch with the BFF and the ever so wonderful Eileen from Miss. Whoever You Are.

Gosh, I love her. Capricorns (including the famous Luvvie) rock! Later that night I was supposed to go to Lips NYC but dammit….a psycho cab driver who tried to run us down and kill us (wish I was kidding) got us all delayed. We ended up going to Moomia Lounge and…I LOVED that spot.


Can you tell? My birthday fried ice cream was yum yum!


I also had brunch with Charu from the Butterfly Diary at Rachel’s. Delish! Of course Sea Thai Restaurant in the East Village was good. I had some great BBQ at Dallas BBQ and looooved Grey Dog in Chelsea. That spot was SO me.

Oh, New York….how I miss thee. But I was also excited to get back to being in control of my transportation again too. Living is SO different in Florida. Not good or bad, just different. I’ve learned to appreciate the luxuries of Florida even though I yearn to be else where.

‘Tis it for now! Hope you enjoyed this Travel Edition of FOTD Friday.

Have an awesome weekend!

New goodies from NARS and Maybelline

Ohhhh goodness, there are some fabulous products coming our way, y’all. Check out NARS Spring 2010 collection.


I normally don’t post promo photos, but I am LOVING this collection. NARS is one of those brands that I only purchase from sporadically because they are super pricey. I think I’m long overdo. The want polish, lippies, pencil and shadows (oh wait…that’s everything, ha!).

A few days ago I tweeted a photo of some new Maybelline mascaras that I saw in an NYC Walgreens.


I also spotted was a Lash Stiletto Voluminous. Holla! Can’t wait to try these out. Here is additional information about those XXL Pro mascaras.

XXL PRO VOLUME:

* 2-step process mimics the pro routine of layering powder and mascara to achieve dramatic volume.
* Available in two washable shades (Very Black and Brownish Black) and two waterproof shades (Very Black and Brownish Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO EXTENSIONS:

* Forget troublesome false lashes and messy glues. This 2-step mascara features brush-on extensions that give lash-lengthening results similar to what the pros get with combs and false lashes!
* Available in one washable and one waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO CURL:

* Achieve an eye-opening curl without the lash curler! The primer curls the lashes, while the mascara gives bold color and sets the curl for 24 hour hold.
* Available in one washable and one waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

XXL PRO 24-HR BOLD

* The unique formula gives the long-wear benefits of a waterproof mascara with the more dramatic look of washable mascara.
* This 2-step mascara copies the pro routine of layering waterproof mascara over washable mascara: the base coat provides intense black volume for maximum impact, then the top coat builds an impermeable shield for 24 hour wear.
* Available in one washable waterproof shade (Very Black); SRP $9.40.

So many to choose from right? If you had to choose just one, which one would it be? I’m all about that volume, baby!

Look for reviews…coming soon!

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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Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 1/3/10

….posts will return to normal 1/5/10. I am traveling from NYC tonight.

GlamourSquad
Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

The Product Pasha chats with Purple Lab’s Karen Robinovitz about blogging, social media, and the new FTC rules.

Clumps of Mascara has a fabulous time making at home spa goodies.

Butterflydiary dishes on the best nail lacquers and trends of 2009!

The Beauty Alchemist shines with MAC Lillyland Lip Gelees.

Adina of Krasey Beauty introduces you to three wonderful shades of eyeshadow from Illamasqua

DivaDebbi blogs about bloggers’ emerging authority.

The Product Pasha lets out her inner holiday diva with a little help from Orly Femme Fatale.