FOTD Friday: Tarte Cosmetics in the house!



Happy happy Friday, sweets!
As promised I am shootin’ you another FOTD from my Tarte Femme Fatale palette.

Hopefully you had a chance to indulge in Tarte’s 40% off sale. This palette is full of shimmery goodness that works well for daytime and nighttime looks.
The colors were pigmented and while I did endure some fall-out I found that I was able to create a toooon of looks with the palette. Including a pretty wearable work-appropriate smokey eye.
[NOTE] Now my skin is going through some things because I am on some new treatments per my dermatologist’s counseling. I thought about not even doing an FOTD but that would imply that you can’t be beautiful with jacked up skin.
And we all know I’m about going against the grain….rock on acne sufferers! We are still fine and gorgeous!
FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint in Witty
Tarte Femme Fatale eyeshadow palette
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
Cover Girl Lash Blast Length mascara

LIPS:
MAC Funtabulous Dazzleglass (seriously the best dazzleglass EVER!)


Why did I forget I had those rollers in my hair? Haaaa!!!
A mess, y’all. A mess.

And look at that! Zoya’s Fergie almost matches my laptop case. Tres cute!
Got word from ma bird that this Tarte palette is already sold out but standby—if you can’t snag it from Sephora, I would wait until it becomes available. It is quite the jewel!
Have a wonderful weekend, family. Love y’all to pieces!
Stay beautiful,

Beauty Beehaviors: Tyra Banks + “Real Hair”

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

The entertainment and celebrity blogosphere actually had some news that interested me. After Kim Kardashian changing her hair color, of course. LOL….I’m being crazy sarcastic, y’all.
But seriously…Tyra Banks has decided to do the season premiere of her show wig-less. She is has even coined September 9th as “Real Hair Day”.
Check this:
“This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!” (source)

Being that I have had 2 blogs, photo albums, several videos and even hosted a party for my natural hair, I guess it’s safe to say that I love my natural hair to the max. I’m not the biggest fan of fake hair for myself and when I openly said this on Twitter–guess what? Many of you agreed with me saying that “real hair” is what’s hot in the streets.

So I ask you this question….
Do you prefer wearing your own hair or jazzing
it up with weaves, wigs and extensions?

Beauty Beehaviors: Tyra Banks + "Real Hair"

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

The entertainment and celebrity blogosphere actually had some news that interested me. After Kim Kardashian changing her hair color, of course. LOL….I’m being crazy sarcastic, y’all.
But seriously…Tyra Banks has decided to do the season premiere of her show wig-less. She is has even coined September 9th as “Real Hair Day”.
Check this:
“This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!” (source)

Being that I have had 2 blogs, photo albums, several videos and even hosted a party for my natural hair, I guess it’s safe to say that I love my natural hair to the max. I’m not the biggest fan of fake hair for myself and when I openly said this on Twitter–guess what? Many of you agreed with me saying that “real hair” is what’s hot in the streets.

So I ask you this question….
Do you prefer wearing your own hair or jazzing
it up with weaves, wigs and extensions?

L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners

I loooove these thangs, y’all.
Yes I said thangs. You know it’s serious when you have to bring out the slang. HA!
No really. I am so glad that Walgreens had these babies BOGO (buy 1, get 1 free). The Color Chrome eyeliners are fairly new to the L’Oreal HIP family. At first glance, I was skeptical about them. I’ve been disappointed by a few drugstore eyeliners that claimed to give you rich and long-lasting color. But I’ve also been pleased by a few too so I definitely wanted to know where L’O HIP stood.
Check out the kids I took home….
(Top-Bottom)
Green Flash
Gold
Silver Lightning
If you are looking to add metallic liners to your make-up stash, you will LOVE these. I found that you can even make them wearable for conservative work looks. I’ve got green flash on my waterline.
Gold Charge and Silver Lightning are beautiful as well!

They apply extra smoothly–no worrying about tugging on the eyes.

Are they waterproof?
Well, I guess you’ll have to watch my video to see.

Not bad for $9.99 but even better for buy 1, get 1 free. Love love LOVE these kids. And I think I’m going to grab some more.
Have you tried them yet? Do tell!
My other L’Oreal HIP product reviews:
Matte & Metallic eyeshadow duos
Color Presso lip glosses
Cream shadow paints

B’Rittany is HIP (lol),

Beauty Review: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash

Veteran Clumps readers know that I love me some Dove. Not too long ago and sang praises to the Visibly Smooth deodorant. Now it’s time to shout like mad for their newest body wash. Am I exaggerating or is it really the bomb diggity? Check the review…


Dove Nutrium Body Wash

Price: 5 out of 5 (12 oz for $4.99-$7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:

“• Repairs and maintains skin’s protective layer during cleansing
• Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish and nourish

• Clinically proven to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization” (source)

The truth:
Well, it’s from Dove so you already know it’s a wonderfully smooth and smells oh so clean.

What I loved about it: It feels soooo smooth!


What I didn’t like: Not much to NOT like. Affordable? Effective? Easy to find? That makes me one happy and clean lady!

Overall: Most of us are all too familiar with Dove, the brand. If you haven’t tried their body washes, then you’ve probably tried their soaps, hair products or deodorants. I don’t know many people who have bad experiences with Dove. Aside from keeping moisture one of their top priorities when it comes to skin care, they are also very conscious about taking care of the sensitive skin peeps of the world. Gotta love that.

The idea behind this new body wash is the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology. You can read more about it here but basically it allows moisture to get deep down in the skin instead of just sitting on top. Kinda like this…..
Pretty friggin ‘awesome, right? I’ve been looking forward to this luscious stuff after every work-out.
The nozzle….
Ohhh, creamy baybeeee….
And it still stays creamy after hittin’ water.
Love iiiiit. It comes in Deep Moisture, Gentle Exfoliating and Sensitive Skin.
You can find these anywhere Dove products are sold.
Are you a Dove lover? Tried this yet? Whatcha think?

The Updated Mascara Bin (and dreams thereof)!

That’s right, my darlings….I have finally updated the Bin to make it a little more user friendly. Instead of placing the reviews under ratings, they are now in alphabetical order. This makes searching easier!

But it won’t stop there. I have an enormous vision for The Mascara Bin. In a perfect world, it would be a HUGE database in which you can not only compare mascaras but see them in different categories such as:
-Volumizing
-Lengthening
-Curling
-Tubing/fiber
-Vibrating
-Waterproof
-Color
-Higher end
-Budget/drugstore
-3D bristle wands
-Comb wands
-Traditional wands
…..and the list goes on. The database would also include open discussion from readers about each mascara and submission of photos of their favorites (and most hated) mascaras. I have had dreams about The ultimate Mascara Bin and while I am struggling to find a way to make it happen, know that the plans WILL come to fruition sooner rather than later.
Enjoy and as usual, don’t hesitate to shoot me any ideas and thoughts.
Y’all know I can’t do this alone. :)

Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara

Everytime I look at the name of this mascara it reminds me of Mr. Cheek’s “Lights Camera Action”. That was my jaaaam in high school.
The question is—is this mascara as hot as the song?
Hmmm…..

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18 at Sephora, Sephora.com and Tarte.com)

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

What it claims: “Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) dermatologist- and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 430% after applying giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.” (source)

The truth:
This mascara makes a lot of promises. I don’t think it lives up to ALL of them.

What I loved about it: The packaging is sooooo cute.

What I didn’t like: The claims…they were exaggerated a bit and let’s just say they didn’t deliver to the level that I thought they would.

Overall:

This is one mascara that I always looked at when I first discovered Sephora. I mean, the packaging is just darling. I have always had it on my radar. I know that most mascaras make outrageous claims but when I read this one’s I just KNEW it was something special.
Imagine my surprise when it turned to be….just okay.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. It’s just average. I didn’t experience a great deal of length and very little volume. By the second coat my lashes started to lump together. My lashes did get a nice little glossy effect but *sigh* that didn’t make up for the lack of va-va-voom lashes I realllly wanted.
I can appreciate that this mascara is green-friendly though. Your lashes are free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates and parabens. Gotta love that!
The wand? Eh. Not bad but not the best.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)






Lashes with 2 coats of mascara




Would I recommend it?: It’s worth a try. Didn’t work too well on my lashes but doesn’t mean it work well on others.


A fan of this mascara? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)