Glamour Squad Beauty Reads

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Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

DivaDebbi is heady over PurMinerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral

ThinkThruFashion rounds up all the spring trends from Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Butterflydiary gets all Parisienne with her review of the new YSL fragrance.

Clumps of Mascara is loving Illamasqua! Especially their blushes.

The Beauty Alchemist enters the EOSphere with EOS lip balm.

Aly Walanksy knows that big brows are back in style – are you ready?

Mascara Monday: Fresh Supernova mascara

Okay, y’all should be proud of me because I am FINALLY getting around to reviewing this mascara. I have been working my hardest to crank out mascaras that have been highly requested. Fresh Supernova is one of them.

So yaaay! I am happy to finally add it to the Mascara Bin. Check the review below!

Fresh Supernova mascara


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $25.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: Find out more about it here.


The truth:
Wellll…..I mean, it’s not THAT super.

What I loved about it: It is totally build-able. You can apply two coats or twenty coats and you won’t endure any clumping. At all. Now that’s pretty cool.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me much….well, anything. And it also seemed to flake throughout the day. No bueno.

Overall: Okay, soooo…..I had HIGH expectations for Fresh Supernova. With all of the requests I received about this baby I just KNEW it would be the best thing since the Blackberry. Buuuut, not so much.

And it’s not that Supernova is a BAD mascara….I just find that it doesn’t do much for me.

First, let’s take a look at the wand..


It’s not bad. It allows for easy breezing through the lashes. So whether you have short, stubby, long or full lashes—the wand will work well for you. So 2 points for that.

Now as far as the actual performance of the mascara—it’s good. I think it may work better for ladies with shorter lashes. It gave me decent length but not much volume. As mentioned, one of the best aspects of this mascara is how awesome it is when it comes to building.

I talk about this a lot in the video review but I think it’s amaziiiing how it doesn’t clump. You can go for as many coats as you want and Supernova just won’t get all clump-tastic on you. This aspect makes it a very diverse mascara. That means you can apply 2 coats and head to work one day. And apply 4 coats and head to a bar the next day. It gives you options which is really cool because a lot of mascaras tend to clump after multiple coats.

However, what it did do was flake a bit. I soooo don’t like flaky mascaras. I don’t handle eye irritation well. I’m so serious. I get all dramatic and am always close to clawing my eyes out so a mascara that flakes, even a bit, is so not for me.

It is also free of synthetic dyes and sulfates so 10 points to Fresh for giving us a pretty green mascara.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


So the length is there but nothing spectacular. Eh. Eh. Ehhh….

Would I recommend it?: Ummmm, not really. I think there are better ones out there for a better price with better pay-off. It’s not bad bad but it’s not the bomb diggity (so old skool…ha!) either and for $25, I expected uh-maze-ing!!

A Supernova fan?

Think I’m loca for not liking?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: Making eyes pop through glasses


Still SO in love with my glasses. And I’ve been enjoying finding ways to really make my eyes pop. So this FOTD Friday is comprised of 4 tips to help glasses-wearin’ ladies feel super confident behind their glasses.

So first up….

Defining the brows


Okay, so this is major for anyone, I think. Brows really shape the face and give character. And even more so when you are rockin’ glasses.

Illuminating the browbone


I don’t always do this but I find that it helps draw attention to my eyes.

Bringing the crease up a bit


Normally I place shadow color RIGHT in my crease. However, since I’ve been wearing glasses, I notice that sometimes the frame blocks the crease. Bringing the color up a liiiittle more really allows for my eyes to look like they’ve got somethin’ goin’ on.

Liner, baby!


Um, yeah….y’all know how much I love liner! Colored liners really make the eyes pop. But you already knew that right? Hehe….

Wear your glasses with pride, ladies!




I even did a short video of these tips while I was in Atlanta.

Enjoy the weekend, fam!!

Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ’em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Brown & Blushin': Illamasqua blush in Thrust


Well, I couldn’t just stare at Illamasqua without purchasing, could I? Granted I have no problem window shopping (story of my life, HA!) but I owe it to Clumps readers to test drive the car you may be thinking of purchasing, right? That’s what I’m here for!

Sooo, I thought long and hard about the Illa product I first wanted to review.

Blush was one of the winners, baby! Now if this doesn’t convince brown girls that we CAN wear blush, then I’m going to have to go on a traveling tour called “Listen brown girls, we can wear blush”.

Seriously.

Thrust is the business!


Prettyful, uh? Illamasqua describes this as “magenta” and it retails for $23. You can find out more about it here.

So I applied a generous amount on the cheeks….


And wowsers! I like it!


Blush does a body good and I’ll be visiting my Sephora again to check out some more of Illamasqua’s blushes…or powder blushers they call them.

Loves ’em!

Have you tried any of Illa’s blushes yet?

You don’t wear blush don’t you? Hmmm…..

Stila Barbie Smudge Pots

Y’all know I’m a Stila girl. It’s no surprise really. I enjoy many of their products and have hailed the Lip glaze as one of my favorite glosses on the market. Which says a lot considering there are A LOT of glosses on the market.

And my crazy self feels as if I need to review them all. HA!

But I digress.

I had my eyes on these smudge pots since I first got the press release about them. The colors just called my name. I don’t have many gel liners despite my affinity for them. I love Lancome‘s and MAC’s Fluidlines have always been a staple for me. L’Oreal HIP’s are a bit dry and Clinique’s are too smudge-y.

I find that Stila’s smudge pots work great not only as bases but as liners are well. And look how beautiful the Barbies collection ones are!

Stila’s smudge pots are hot stuff. I tweeted a photo of them when I was in Miami.

(l-r)
Little Black Dress (it has pink sparkles in it!)
Cobalt Clutch
Purple Pumps

Purple Pumps is the greatest thing since….I don’t know, it’s just great! I’ve been wearing it almost every day I’ve had it. I have never seen such a beautiful purple cream liner.

I even wore it at Blogalicious ’09 this past weekend.

I cut out my homie Luvvie of that photo but
I’ll re-post it with her fabulous self in it. :)

I’m in love the smudge pots. I’ll be back showing you how fabulous Cobalt Clutch looks. In the meantime, check them out here. You can snag them from Sephora, Sephora.com or Stila.com for $20/each.

A fan of Stila smudge pots? Have these? Want these?

50 million pound challenge: Eat This, Not THAT!


Time to check in, sisters! So far the Mascara Mamas team has 9 members! I’m so excited. Thanks for joining. You too can join and be a part.

When it comes to managing weight, I find that it is best if I am realistic. I tailor dietary ideas to fit my lifestyle. Hence why these books are my best friends.

Yes, I have ALL three of them and I love them. Especially when traveling. When I can’t make a green smoothie 0r bake kale chips, I am flipping through one of these books to see what I can eat on the go that won’t kill me. Loves it! I’ll do a formal review on these babies in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out these books. I find that they are a great little addition to a weight loss plan.

Anyone read these?

See you at next week’s check-in!

The Artist Summit Miami-Inglot Cosmetics=WHOA!

Time for some photo footage from The Artist Summit Miami!

When I saw the list of vendors, I was most excited to see Inglot Cosmetics. As many of you know, I fell in love with this brand a few months back in New York City. Check out that post here. As fate would have it, the brand is still ONLY available in New York as of right now. It has Canadian and Polish locations but as far as the U.S., a freestanding store only resides in NYC. I know, completely unfair.

So as you can imagine I RAN to them when I saw their spacious layout. Intern Bri did a fabulous job at capturing how I really feel about Inglot.

Seriously y’all…this brand is ridiculous. Ridiculous as in good, I mean. The colors, the packaging, the innovative styles, I just…I love it. Check it out!


I was modest and only hauled two interesting look test tube lippies.


The more I fall for Inglot, the more they upset me. Why can’t we order them online already? Man oh man! And I really do hate to tease y’all but hopefully sooner rather than later, Inglot will open their doors and allow everyone to play with and purchase their products.

I’m wishin’ on a star….

Stay tuned for more installments of The Artist Summit Miami!