All About That #BeachLife

A few weeks or so ago, I was in Ft. Lauderdale posted up on the beach. Not ‘gon lie – it wasn’t an ideal vacation. I was juggling both babies and didn’t have Esposo to help me out since he was traveling for work. My family is fantastic about helping with EB and Bub but the beach just isn’t the same when you’ve got a nursing little and a 3-year old who thinks she can swim.

But all hopes for a beach vacation aren’t lost. I think I’m going to do a weekend by myself and I’m SO ready for it. I’ve got Clearwater on the brain, y’all. And like always, Shopbop has me all excited…

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For the beachin’ dude…

Esposo is even more of a beach bum than I am. He’s the one that got me into boogie boarding and we’re forever competing on who can catch the biggest waves. He ALWAYS wins but can we talk about how cool those totes are? They would have made the best Father’s Day gift. It maaaay not be too late.

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And my BEST Summer Product Is…

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This Urban Decay Vice app is SO much fun, y’all.

 

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Check out these hot posts circulating the web. 
Beautygeeks – What do plantar fasciitis, rotator-cuff erosion, joint pain and a persistent itchy red rash have in common? If it’s YOU, you have to read this, stat.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Sunscreen is known to protect your skin from UV rays, and usually — that’s almost all they do! What if I told you that we found a very versatile sunscreen that multi-tasks?

Blushing Noir – Buying just ONE piece of The Estée Edit line will pull you into a black hole of needing it all. Here are a few of my faves (with many more to come)!

Clumps of Mascara – Beauty boxes, beauty boxes, beauty boxes. If you’ve seen one beauty subscription box, you’ve seen them all, right? NOT! I’ve tried over a dozen and this one is my absolute favorite.

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And The Best Beauty Subscription Box Is…

You guys, I’ve finally found it. Ever since beauty subscription boxes hit the scene, I’ve been all over them. They’re so incredibly practical for beauty lovers and folx like me who think they’ve tried it all. I’ve tried at least 7-10 boxes and over time, I find that they aren’t always consistent. But Essence Beauty Box? Woooow!

Best beauty subscription box

Maybe it’s the fact that many of the products are targeted to women like me, women of color! It could be that they toss in Black-owned companies and lesser known brands that I likely wouldn’t come across. Or perhaps it’s the fact that they actually feature hair care products that work for my hair type. I don’t even know but I’m a BIG fan of this beauty subscription box. 

I reviewed their last 6 boxes and each box not only has a diversity of products, but I’m also pleasantly surprised EACH month. You know you’re winning when you’re surprising a beauty blogger.

That said, I’ve been doing mini reviews of these boxes on Instagram and if you’re open to a box under $20 that caters to brown girls with thick hair and interesting products, Essence Beauty Box is it.

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KBShimmer Summer 2016 Collection

Confession. I had an argument with my 3-year old the other day. She asked me if it was summer time and I told her it was. Because, uh…it’s 95 degrees outside. Feels like summer to me! 

“No! It’s not summer, mama.” 

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“It is, baby.”

“NO, it’s nooooot!”

I let it go because no one really wins in an argument with a 3-year old. And just as I started to draft up this post, I did a quick Google search on when Summer starts and what the heck, y’all?! It’s STILL Spring. Craziness! We are just about a week away from Summer but I’m feeling dumb for arguing with my child. And I feel even dumber for being wrong about it. Ha! It has been a hot little minute since I’ve featured some KBShimmer beauties and when these press samples landed on my doorstep, well…I was thrilled! 

KBShimmer Summer

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Beat Face by Shea Moisture

Hey girl, hey!

Did you know that Shea Moisture makes more than just awesome hair and body care products? 

When I first saw the ad for in on Facebook, I shrieked with delight–literally. I’m a crunchy mama and love their hair products because of all the juices and berries they put in there really make my girls and I’s hair look phenomenal. My husband is a huge fan of their Black Soap line and the baby products got me through those moments I didn’t feel like making the kids’ products. 

But now they have something that’s JUST.FOR.ME!

 

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We all know Shea Moisture is rocking hard in the natural hair and body product community but did you know they do makeup too? Check this out.

Shea Moisture Beauty Line

They have EVERYTHING! Foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and all the lippies you need! 

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What’s on your Summer 2016 beauty wish list?

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Phyrra – Take a first look at the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette with me!

Prime Beauty – is feeling years younger with the dewy glow of Osmosis Long Wear Liquid Foundation!

we heart this – Do you need the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette? Like, NEED?

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber loves this cult-fave perfume that smells like a beautiful beach day — sea spray, and all! See which one it is…

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EcoTools Brushes – The Best Makeup Brush Brand Everrrr!

Oh darlings, you’re in for a treat. I’ve partnered with EcoTools to bring you a series of posts that will introduce some of EcoTools latest and most popular items. My budget beauty lovers will be alllllll over this. In the 9 years that Clumps of Mascra has been chugging along (OMG, has it really been THAT long?) there’s been one brand that I have consistently purchased and enjoyed. 

And guess who it is?

EcoTools brushes

Yessssss, girl. I’m not lying when I say if there is ANY brand that that will fulfill your makeup brushes needs with STELLAR brushes, it’s them. And I know it’s not easy out there. There are sooooo many brands working hard to get your attention. I’ve spent a small fortune in the makeup brushes department and was always under the impression that I had to spend all of my coins on quality brushes. Wrong, y’all. So wrong.

And that’s when I met and fell in love with EcoTools.

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7 Ways To Refresh Yourself

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by vitafusion™  through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about vitafusion™ gummy vitamins, all opinions are my own.

As women, we have so many roles that we play: mother, wife, domestic engineer, maid, chef, and chauffeur–you get the drift. In between these roles, it’s hard to fit in the much needed nurturing and care of the most important person–US! This normally leads to a cranky, moody, anxious, sleepy, unkempt woman who’s in need of a much needed restart and recharge.

7 Ways to Refresh Yourself

Luckily, this is NOT a permanent state of being and all it takes is doing little things for one week to refill your proverbial well so you’re back to delivering water with a smile!

 

Day 1: Buy Yourself Some Flowers

It doesn’t matter if you have someone to buy you flowers or not, there’s something empowering about a woman buying herself flowers. It screams, “I love me enough to treat myself to fine things!” And what better way to brighten up your space, right? I love looking over and seeing some fresh flowers in a mason jar (yes, mason jar!!). I normally choose something bright and different–not that I don’t love roses but I like different too! Start your week off with fresh flowers for your fresh perspective on taking care of you!

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