Beauty Bubble: Top 14 Make-up removers

I swear by my make-up remover (it’s #4 on the list). It is my absolute favorite and I don’t see anything else changing my mind.

Except jojoba oil. I find that this oil is pretty good at removing make-up! Who would have thunk?

Check out the Total Beauty article listing the top 14 Make-up removers.

Is yours on the list?
Hate the ones listed?

Happy reading and enjoy your weekend!!

TotalBeauty.com
Top 14 Makeup Removers

See which products easily stripped off eye makeup (and everything else)

We makeup junkies need a good product to take it all off at the end of the day — no clogged pores or stained pillowcases for us! The makeup removers on this list left TotalBeauty.com readers with clean skin and without oily residue or dryness.

See products

No. 14: MAC Wipes, $25

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*

Why they’re great: “These wipes are perfect for those of us who are too tired/lazy/intoxicated to wash our faces before bed, but who don’t like the idea of clogged pores and dirty pillow cases either…”

No. 13: Estee Lauder Take it Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes, $17.50

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9*

Why they’re great: “They clean my face entirely, leaving not a trace of dirt or makeup. They are extremely portable and come in handy on any trip…”

No. 12: Lancome Effacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, $21.95

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9*

Why it’s great: “It is so gentle and does not burn or sting your eyes. It has absolutely no oily residue…”

Want to see what’s #1? Click here!

FOTD Friday: Smokey Eye Attempt #3


Finally! It’s Friday….and after skipping FOTD Friday for 2 consecutive Fridays, I am finally back and in action. My face is still taking its dear ole’ time clearing up. I have become quite used to these break-outs and it can take a little over a month for them to clear up. But once they do, my skin is back to being flawless. Or somethin’ like it. HA!

Okay, so this FOTD Friday is an interesting one. And one that I dedicate to my good friend Jasmin. This is actually only my third attempt at the…..

SMOKEY EYE!

Brace yourself for my first attempt.

Whoa!! Ain’t that something? This was taken in the summer of 2007. When I FIRST got into make-up. Since then I have only done one other smokey eye in the Fall of 2007.

Gothic City, USA, right? I actually didn’t mind this look. Yes, it’s a little scary but with the curly hair, I was rockin’ it!

And I haven’t rocked a smokey eye since then. Have I rocked it this time around? Or is it another bomb? Either way….I enjoyed doing it and welcome any tips as the smokey eye is one look that I still feel like I have yet to conquer.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Rondelle e/s (highlighter)
MAC Waft e/s(lid)
MAC Sketch e/s (crease)
MAC Carbon e/s (outer-V)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
Maybelline Sky High mascara

LIPS:
Stila Lip Glaze in Peach Cobbler

This smokey eye is probably the best one I have done so far. For once it doesn’t look so dark! But I am still tweaking it. I have NO idea why such an easy concept has always been so difficult for me. Yikes! But I’m gettin’ it. Any smokey eye professionals out there? Please drop some tips or tricks.

Or are you strugglin’ like me?

I am off to North Florida this weekend, family. But I will still have the handy dandy Blackberry so don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com for random questions, comments or just to say, “Hey B!”

Stay beautiful,

[EDIT]
How could I FORGET to mention my girl Kia from Yummy411 in this post? She is the one that actually set me down and talked me through a smokey eye look. Her looks are sheer perfection and I would have never been able to start understanding how to do a decent smokey eye had it not been her professional assistance. Thanks sister.blogger.friend.make-up artist-guru lady!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Summer Collections 2009 revealed!


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.

On Tuesday I posted one of 12 colors that Zoya released to only 12 beauty bloggers. We have now collected all of them and what do we have?

Two hot collections in one.

OOH-LA-LA

(6 – bright and sunny creams)
America
, Dita, Renee, Paz, Alix, Pippa


LA-DI-DA


(6 – gorgeous metallics)

Katy, Tallulah, Midori, Goldie, Emme, Ginessa

I can’t wait! Yellows are popping up in so many Spring and Summer nail polish collections. Is it crazy that I want to grab each and every one of them? And that sparkling green called Midori shall be mine!

Oh yes, darlings…for you, “I don’t really wear nail polish” ladies out there, I guarantee you that you will want at least one of these babies. We have a little over a month until the become available but in the meantime check out what other colors you can grab for $6/bottle at Zoya.com

What do you think?
Excited about this upcoming collection?
Not so much?

Tell me what you think!

Polish pretty,

Site News: Mascara Archive


Hi family!

In attempts to make mascara searching a lot easier for new and veteran readers of Clumps of Mascara, I am compiling ALL of the mascaras I have reviewed and putting them on a nice neat page here on the site.

This is long overdo, uh?

If you haven’t already, please vote on the poll to the left of the page. I want to get your feedback on how you think I should organize the mascara reviews.

I have already received a few opinions via email and if there are any tips and suggestions you have for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. I will be doing a ton of organizing and cleaning up around the spot so don’t mind my dust.

Later kids!


(photo credit)

Amor de Lacquer: Sinful Colors Canary Yellow


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.

I have gotten a few emails about yellow nail polishes. I have quite a few but the first one that came to mind was Sinful Colors’ Canary Yellow.

First of all, I LOVE yellow polish on brown skin. And not just on my toes as a beautiful summer color. But on my nails on the weekends when I am feeling funky. A few years ago, I would have never worn yellow polish but I am embracing this color even more now.

Here is Canary Yellow in different lighting (no coats).




I konad-ed my pinkie finger; just playing around. I didn’t finish the rest of the nails because that would have been a little too much…..even for me.

Sinful Colors’ can be found at Wal-greens for only $1.99. They aren’t the BEST polishes as they can be a little streaky but for under $2, you won’t catch me complaining. I am almost positive that they contain nasty toxic stuffs i.e. toluene, DHP and formaldehyde. Most of my polishes are “Big 3 Free” so my nose can detect when yucky chemicals are at bay.

But it is a fabulous yellow nonetheless. And I am happy to have it in the my collection of yellow polishes. And I am loving Sinful Colors’ collections. These things pop up randomly and I always manage to catch them on a quick trip to Wal-greens.



Their collection themes are just darling but I wish they would do a better job at updating their website. Grr!

Would you rock yellow nail polish? Or not so much?

You can check out more of my reviews of Sinful Color polishes HERE.

Have a Happy Hump Day,

Beauty Bee-haviors: How many mascaras do you have?

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.
How many mascaras do you have?

Do you stick with one or are you constantly buying more?
Yall know that I am a mascara reviewer but I only have about 4 mascaras. Seriously! That’s it!
What do I do with the ones I review?

No, I don’t save my receipt and return them all. That could have probably worked once or twice but I have reviewed over 40 mascaras so how would that look? HA! I usually trash them. Some are given to me but most of them I purchase. In the future I think I will use disposable wands as I test mascaras. That way if I don’t like them I can give them to friends and family.

But enough about me. What about you?

Beauty Review: EcoTools brushes

Hi darlings!

I am already getting ready to pack my cosmetic bag for my trip to L.A. next week. Yes, I am excited and glad that I finally have travel size cosmetic brushes. I had the opportunity to test drive EcoTools earth-friendly brushes.

Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about these brushes. I don’t have ONE bad thing to say about them.

-Affordable
-Earth friendly
-Great quality
-Um, did I mention affordable?!

I mean, check out how many products you can get for a little under $30.


Ching ching! Not bad considering some brushes cost $30 alone.

I have already packed my 5 piece travel brush set. How darling are the bamboo handles?


Okay, I only have four sitting here but when I tell you these brushes are incredibly soft, I’m not lying! I have been using the blending brush religiously. Not bad for only $9…for all 5 brushes, I mean.

And then there’s my favorite product out of the bunch, the darling kabuki brush.


Made with recycled aluminum, this retractable kabuki brush retails at $7.99. Ohmigooodness, the bristles are so soft. Even softer than my MAC 182 brush retailed at $45. No exaggeration here, kids. This brush is PERFECT for powder and blush application. And honestly….on days that I don’t wear anything on my face, sometimes I just run this brush on my face because it just feels so good against my skin.


And then there are the cute bamboo mini brushes, powder puffs and sponges. All ranging between $1.99-$3.99 I have these packed in my cosmetic bag too.

I am so impressed with EcoTools, the company and the products. You can snag these babies at any drugstore. I have already hauled some other goodies from EcoTools. I am truly a fan.

Have you ever tried anything from EcoTools?

Stay beautiful….and green,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya gives clues on upcoming collection!

Greetings darlings! Zoya’s summer collection is coming up and guess what?! It’s up to us beauty bloggers to figure out what the collection colors are.
“B…what are you talking about?”

What I mean is Zoya is dropping hints of the new collection via bloggers. 12 of us have received clues and it is up to us to coordinate with each other to figure out what the 12 new summer colors will be.
I know this much so far!

Summer color is bright and fun, Summer color is for everyone Zoya Nail Polish announces Summer 2009 Collections…
LA-DI-DA and OOH-LA-LA
Summer preview coming soon…

6 creams – 6 metallics – 12 beautiful colors

And I got my clue! Check it out….
Goldie

I’m lovin’ it already. So far these other bloggers have clues as well…the colors are HOT!

My girl Scrange…I mean Scrangie. HA!
Pippa at Casual Lavish
Emme at Vampy Varnish

We are all having so much fun trying to figure out the colors together. Kudos to Zoya for involving bloggers in so many aspects! Are you excited about this upcoming collection so far or are you still stuck on Twist, the Spring collection, like I am?

Also…the Zoya Exchange is still going on. Be sure to trade in your old bottles of polish for brand new bottles of Zoya! You pay shipping only.

Stay beautiful!