Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

I will PayPal 50 cents to the first person who can pronounce L’Occitane correctly. Skype me now! LOL, I’m kidding really but I won’t even tell y’all what I first called this glorious brand of soaps when I first saw a store in Orlando’s Mall of Millenium. Just so there is no confusion, it is pronounced….
Locks-a-ton

I am right, aren’t I? HA! Anyway—I HAVE to share with you the wonderfulness (is that a word?) that is this oil. I bet you’ll be double clicking your mouse like mad trying to order it online after reading my review. Words really can’t do it justice but *deep breath* I’m going to try!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 3 out of 5 (2.5 oz for $8 and 8.4 oz for $22)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Transforms into a lavish, softening foam–original and unique in texture–that leaves a satin-like softness all over the body. Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids. Cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume. Keep handy in bath or shower as an extra-pampering alternative to Shea Butter Soap and our fragrance Soap. Suitable for men and women.” (source)

The truth:
What in the….how does oil foam up? It’s magic, I tell ya!!

What I loved about it: The foaming action, the smell, the packaging, wooooow.

What I didn’t like:
Now y’all know I’m going to complain about the price. That’s just my nature. I’m a budget-conscious mama so I can’t help it. The price is a little “wowsers” but I can’t even shower without this stuff now so I have to save up to keep repurchasing it.

Overall: L’Occitane is one of those brands that you may not know much about unless you know someone who uses the products an loves french soaps. L’Occitane is French-based company with a dynamic story. Most importantly, they understand the importance of natural and organic infusions in beauty; namely skincare. I could preach all day about this company but you can get your learn on by reading up about them here.

So with this being my first L’Occitane product I can proudly say, I can not WAIT to dabble around with some of their other products. This almond shower oil is amazing! How can something so light an weightless bring so much joy in the shower?
I’ll show you….
The nozzle of the oil looks like this:


It distrbutes the right amount of oil in the palm of your hand. When it first pours out, it looks like your average oil. It has the consistency of extra virgin olive oil.
It is golden yellow in color and decadent in smell. I love that it isn’t TOO strong. I like to use this after a body wash and the two scents never clash.
Spread the oil around a bit and it gets a little thick. It gives you that same feeling you would get if you, say….applied too much body wash to your skin. See!
A bit more rubbing around and what do you get? Foaming homie goodness!



Yeah, don’t ask me how that happens but it feels absolutely amazing on the skin. Oils already feel great when you apply them but on warm and wet skin in the shower? Giiiiirl, it gives me life, I tell ya! And when you rinse it off, your skin is left smooth and feels revived. This is the next best thing to a trip to the spa.

Until you step out of the shower and realize you’re late for work. HA!
I.Love.It. Immensely, that is. L’Occitane=french soap heaven and I can’t wait to play around with more of their soaps.
Have you tried this oil? Or anything else from L’Occitane?
Whatcha think?

FOTD Friday: The Return of the purple lips



Happy Friday, family! So thanks to the introduction of Inglot Cosmetics in my life, I have gotten back into purple lips.
Back in February I played around with lavender lips and that bug has bit me again.
Purple lips, what can I say? You either love it or hate it. If you told me that I would be rockin’ purple lips a year ago, I probably would not have believed you. But now I AM in love with the look. Purple lips are unexpected and fun. Here’s the look I came up with!

FACE:
Not at thing. It is still acting crazy and I’ll be going to my first dermatologist appointment this upcoming Monday.

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Tarte Femme Fatale Natural eye palette. This palette rocks!

Tarte long wear eyeliner
Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster
Maybelline Lash Stiletto
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
Inglot Lipstick in 65

Inglot Lipgloss in 542

The lipstick alone is pretty scary.
A little too cool for my skintone and just…..not flattering. But of course I pulled out that that good ole’ MAC lip liner in Nightmoth. I only have two lipliners from MAC and this baby is a staple for darkening up colors. And it never fails me.

Ahhh, a lot better, uh? Of course I had to throw on a purple scarf to be all dramatic.
Do you like purple lips?
Not feelin’ it?
What’s everyone doin’ this weekend? I am actually going to try and relax. We’ll see how that goes. Have a good oooooone!
Stay prettyful,

Premiere Orlando, Installment 1


I am a few months late on reporting this, but trust me when I say the experience at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty event is still reverberating en mi cabeza. This show was hot and as a newbie I SOOO wasn’t prepared.
A day prior to the show I had just returned back to the States. I didn’t get a chance to plan out what vendors I wanted to see. I figured I could just walk around and make my way to everyone.
Um.
No.
Premiere Orlando is HUGE! Enormous. Massive.
It was held at the Orlando Convention Center which is huge in itself. You know it’s serious when there are over SIX entrances to get into ONE show. And a red carpet leading to each.

Most entrances had mini-food courts. Shuttles took visitors to and from the entrances to their cars. So yes….all of that should have prepared me for Premiere Orlando. But alas I walked up in there expecting you know, 20 or so vendors. NOT!
Outside the show…

Inside the show…



Me 30 minutes after entering the show…

Oh weee! I SO wasn’t ready.
Think hair and nail competitions. Think hundreds and hundreds of vendors. Think live hair shows on runways and workshops. Think displays of spa equipment and classes. If you are in the hair, nail and spa world, you know about Premiere Orlando. And you were there.
Did you go? Want to go? Going next year?
Am I the only one shocked that an event of this magnitude was actually in the same city I live in? I didn’t even have to fly out!

Beauty Review: Qtica Scrubs

Hi sugar plums!!

Sooo, I’ve been meaning to review these scubs for quite some time. The photos you see now are a good 4 months old. I have actually used every bit of those scrubs and I am in the process in making another order.

You see….I love scrubs. Exfoliating is a ritual in my bathroom. I can’t help but scrub down a good two times a week. As you would imagine, I run out of scrubs pretty frequently. Somehow–I don’t mind. It allows me to play around with different brands. Once upon a time I reviewed Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Sea Salt scrub. This time I showin’ you….

Qtica Spa Sugar Scrubs

Price: 3 out of 5 (7oz for $17 from Qtica.com)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“…..Non-drying and non-irritating formula is easy on delicate skin. Takes hassle-free to a new level; no mixing or stirring needed, ever! The key word is sugar-that means that it’s a clean-dissolving exfoliant that will never leave a sticky residue behind or harm/clog spa jets.” (source)

The truth:
La verdad? Well…it’s a darn good scrub!

What I loved about it: Yesss…another scrub that doesn’t make make your tub a potential accident area. I love it! The sugar scrubs exfoliate beautifully and then….it dissolves and goes the drain without any clogging action. Heyyyy!

What I didn’t like:
Gosh mannn, I wish it was bigger. I felt like after a few squirts–it was gone.

Overall: I reallllly like these scrubs. A LOT! I don’t mean to exaggerate but this is one of the BEST scrubs I have ever used. It does on an excellent job at exfoliating and it just feels like an experience on the skin. I LOVE that it’s in a tube. Perfect for the shower and for traveling. If I had to re-arrange the packaging, though, I would definitely make the nozzle a little wider.

 

You reallllly have to sca-weeeeze to get the scrub out. And when I got to halfway point, I found myself removing the top just to get the rest of the scrubby goodness. Wasn’t the biggest inconvenience but….you know.

Nothing can beat the fabulousness that is the scrub itself. It is thick enough to smooth all over the skin but thin enough to wash down the drain without clogging the pores.

Goes on like…

Rinses like…


I am in love with it! Out of the two I love Cherry Bing the most. Papaya Star is sweet too. The scents aren’t too strong which is preferred since a lot of us use body washes either before or after scrubs. The price is a bit steep for a scrub but beauty is an investment, right? I know, I know. A good scrub to me is one under $10 but since Qtica is one of my favorites, I don’t mind dropping the extra penny or two. Qtica is a hot commodity in spas all over the country.

You can snag this scrub at Qtica.com.
Like it? Got it? Could care less?
Whatcha think?

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Lisa Hair Elixir

Are you sick of the Carol’s Daughter product reviews yet?

I hope not! I know that these reviews will more than likely help future Clumps readers in case they are interested about the brand and products.

And like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Carol’s Daughter hair products can be used on ALL hair textures. However, you know your hair best so if you generally do NOT put oils in your hair, I wouldn’t assume that the ones I am reviewing will work wonders for you. Hmmkay?

On to the reviews!!

Lisa’s Hair Elixir


Price: 3 out of 5 ($19 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A hair oil for dry hair and scalp designed to moisturize and nourish hair. It adds shine and combat dry scalp, this rich, yet lightweight treatment oil helps prevent hair breakage and promotes healthy hair growth.” (source)

The truth:
This was my FIRST Carol’s Daughter product and I am still using it so that should tell you something.

What I loved about it: Ohmiwords, the smelllll!

What I didn’t like:
The price for this oil is a little steep. Especially if your hair is like mine and seems to ALWAYS be thirsty.

Overall: I recently ran out of this oil–hence the website photo! I smelled this product before owning it. Seriously! I had a professor in undergrad who wore Sisterlocks. I would always go and chit-chat with her after class and could always smell her hair. It reminded me of my African dance instructor; she too wore a fragrance similar to that. After finding out that she moisturized her scalp and locs with Lisa’s Hair Elixir, I ran to Sephora and purchased it. I haven’t looked back. I.LOVE.THIS.STUFF. It has a strong “wood-sy” smell….very organic and outdoorsy. This scent isn’t for everyone. My Mother can’t stand it. But Lisa’s Hair Elixir will always be a staple in my hair drawer.


More Carol’s Daughter reviews:

Tried this? Love it? Can’t stand it? How do you feel about Carol’s Daughter in general? Tell me!

Mascara Review: You Request!

I haven’t done one of these in quite some time. But I think it’s that time again.

I receive a dozen mascara reviews weekly. It takes me some time to get to all of them, but I do the best I can. I have a few I am reviewing now but I thought I would open the door to more requests.
Leave a comment telling me what mascara you think I should review for the next Mascara Monday. The mascara with the most votes will be the one I select.
It really is that simple. If I can find it, I will try it..
So tell me!
What mascara should I review next?

Sista Show-Off: DailyWorth.com


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com
Stop where you are!!
Put down the lipgloss.
Do you REALLY a 18th bottle of lotion? I mean sure it smells good and it is on sale, but do you need it?
This 18-second video is SO dead on.


You know it’s true. At 24, I am discovering that my spending habits now will affect my financial future. I am cognizant and love the daily “nudge” I get from DailyWorth.com.

About Daily Worth:
“Dailyworth.com is a free daily financial newsletter written by and for women. Did you know that women are chronically under-earning and under-saving? Women are often willing to work for 1/3 the price that their male competitors charge – and to add to that, most of the financial resources on the web don’t speak the language that we can understand.

Dailyworth.com was created specifically to give women the tools to help them earn what they’re worth and generate their own wealth through savings.
Our newsletter has taken out the boring numbers talk from finance and made it fun and easy to understand. The emails are short, punchy and directly to the point.”
Now that’s my kind of newsletter! And the emails are colorful and witty. See!

So while some of the emails are little motivators, others are real life tips that we can apply to our financial lives.

Hop to it, sisters! Debt isn’t a good look on anyone and saving is really what’s hot.
Let me know what you think!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Matte Velvet collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? Another collection of matte polishes has surfaced and I have the review here for you. I have been playing around with matte polishes for a few months or so and Zoya’s are different from all of the other matte polishes I have dabbled around in. But different good or diffferent bad? Peep the review!

First, let’s see what Zoya says about their matte polishes,
“MATTE VELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.”

Meet the trio of this collection:

(left to right)
Posh
Loredana
Dovima

Posh

Zoya describes Posh as matte wine with shimmer. Okay this is random but how cool would this color be as a holographic? Wowseeers! I absolutely ADORE it as a matte. I had serious application issues that I chose not to clean up just to show you how rough Posh can be. LOL! Posh is thicker than the other 2 colors. Application has to be swift and I find that applying one coat and then immediately applying another coat is the trick. Posh really does look velvety on the nails. It’s gorg!
How cool is it that the polish residue has a matte finish?

Loredana


How does Loredana measure up to Man Glaze’s Fuggen Ugly? Simply put….it doesn’t. Loredana is described as a matte gunmetal with shimmer. It is relatively darker than Fuggen Ugly and I prefer Loredana. How gorgeous does she look with flash? Without flash, eh…but with flash, oh la laaaa!!

Dovima

Another black matte, gotta love that!! Don’t laugh at my rhyme. You know it’s dope. Look out for my album titled “Another Black Matte”. HA!! Dovima is pretty. I like her quite a bit. She is a little on the streaky side though. And it takes a little maintenance to get her under control. You have to apply a second coat immediately or you will run into a hot streaky mess.

Overall: Can I just say how much I love the frosted bottles and rubberized brush handles?
To the right is a regular Zoya bottle and to the left is a Zoya matte bottle. Loves iiiit!!
Well, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again-you either like matte polishes or you don’t. I am a HUGE fan of them. I love all kinds of finishes with creams, mattes and holo’s being my favorites. Mattes take some work. They aren’t the “polish and go” kind of polishes. Each coat must be applied evenly and quickly. These matte polishes dry with the quickness.
When comparing them to other matte polishes, let’s just say Zoya calling this the “Velvet collection” is dead on. They really do feel velvety on the nails. Posh is strikingly unique. I got so many compliments on it! Do they chip? They do. I can only wear these polishes up to 2 days before chipping starts. I also endured some staining with Posh and call me crazy, but it’s worth it.
You can snag this limited edition here for only $6 a bottle. But hurry hurry, these babies will be gone before you know it.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,