Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 120

Zoya Lux nail polish

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

EauMG – reviews a perfume by Lalique that reminds her of pink fluffy clouds made from candy floss.

Gouldylox Reviews – Did you pick up the Kat Von D Esperanza palette? It’s so much more versatile than you think! Phyrra and I show you how to get two very different looks with one palette!

My Beauty Bunny – Hates having to worry about wrinkles AND pimples. But lately my skin has never looked better! Check out How to Banish Adult Acne for my tips.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches the entire Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Collection, and discovers a neat way to use them!

Prime Beauty – brightens up your spring with her Top 10 Spring Beauty and Accessory Picks!

Phyrra – Love the UD Electric Palette? Check out these great vegan and Sugarpill Dupes!

we heart this – sexy demons, a Kevyn Aucoin exhibit, candy hued lip products, the brush you NEED to learn how to use; it’s The Makeup Show Recap and Haul.

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with the glittery awesomeness that is Zoya’s Magical Pixie collection. Have you seen it yet?

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Want to improve your sense of smell and identify different perfumer notes? Check out these little exercises on Bois de Jasmin that will put your nose into basic training.

Question of the Week:

What’s the one makeup product you can
skip if crunched on time?

B says, “Foundation. Because I’m always crunched for time, I generally just use powder. Easy peasy.”


What say you, darling?

See you next week!

Zoya Magical Pixie collection

Spring is here and while I know a great deal of the U.S. is still dealing with frigid temps, this Floridian barely got any dealings with snow this past Winter. I was in NYC in February and that slushy snow stuff was enough to drive me back to my palm trees and blue skies. Zoya’s Magical Pixie collection is technically a Spring collection, but its sparkle and luster looks very much like a Winter collection.

Zoya Magical Pixie collection

Or is it just me?

Zoya Magical Pixie

Either way, I was excited to get the chance to review this stunning collection.

Zoya Lux nail polish

Lux is a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles. I always said that if I’m going to wear a pink nail polish, it is going to be a stunning one like this babe. Tough to apply? Yes. Worth the effort? Definitely.

Zoya Cosmo

Cosmo is a silver crystal sparkle with the same mega hex iridescent particles as Lux. I think I like this one of the 3 because the rainbow’ness (c’mon…let’s pretend that’s a word) really looks well with the silver polish.

Zoya Vega nail polish

Vega is the blue opal version of Lux and Cosmo and comes off just as stunning as the other two. This shade comes off very winter-y to me.

I did some mild photo adjusting to these to help the colors shine as the original photos didn’t have them looking like how they look in real life. They are indeed extremely sparkly. This collections reminds me a lot of a collection that Wet ‘n Wild had some years back. The sparkle keeps them from looking “matte” and as you would imagine, these are pretty rough to the touch which can make removal tricky. Otherwise, I think they are fantastic and fun to play with for those who need some extra sparkle in their nail polish collection.

Each polish goes for $10 but you can get the entire collection for $30.

Are you into the chunky sparkle look?

The Woman With A Baby On Her Back

“Ohmigoodness…you NEVER feature Baby Elle anymore.”

I know, guys. Sorry, not sorry. I was serious when I said I wasn’t going to be posting a ton of pictures of her online anymore. This is why I can’t have a baby blog. Motherhood has brought about a new wave of paranoia, y’all. Law & Order SVU and Lifetime movies have already made me crazy but now knowing that I’ve got a cub to protect means that I am ready to pounce at any given moment.

Girasol Double Rainbow capitan

But what I will do is do a post on babywearing. Surprisingly, I get a lot of emails about this. Babywearing isn’t new, y’all. Mothers have been carrying their babies on their fronts, hips and backs since the beginning of time. If I can manage to catch Esposo when he isn’t working, I’ll have him photograph Elle and I in different carriers. Because Elle has never been a big cuddler, I’ve found that babywearing is the one way that I can snuggle her without much opposition. Oh, and then there’s that convenience thing. I’ve worked out, led meetings, shopped, traveled and worked in an office all with a baby strapped to my body. And since she was a newborn. I feel so ridiculously empowered when I wear my baby. It’s not just for us hippies. Epsoso has become an avid babywearing and so has Grandma Clumps!

Stay tuned for a post where I feature ring slings, a mei tai, soft structured carrier and wraps. You’re just so excited, aren’t you? I know. I know.

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

I have always believed that after well polished nails, an outfit is not complete without a gorgeous smile. Thanks to the lovely people at Colgate your smile can become even more radiant. Colgate has introduced the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen which makes brushing and whitening a simple step. I was so excited to receive a sample of this!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

The toothbrush is designed remove the surface stains from your teeth and the whitening pen contains hydrogen peroxide which helps cleaning beyond surface stains. The whitening pen is right under the toothbrush so it is convenient and you wont have to worry about losing it.

So now the important – question does it work?

Colgate Optic White

YES!  I love this toothbrush whitening pen combo. This is the first whitening product I have used that didn’t make my teeth feel super sensitive and afraid to eat right after using. The whitening gel is a little gritty at first, but it dries in seconds and your teeth look whiter and brighter.

Colgate Whitening Gel

After using so many whitening strips, mouthwashes, and whitening molds this is the most convenient whitening product that I have ever used.  At $14.99 this toothbrush whitening pen combo is available everywhere and a must have in my beauty book.

So…what do you think? Would you use the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen to dazzle your smile?


About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 119

Zoya Rebel

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Clumps of Mascara – is all over this fantastic concealer from IMAN Cosmetics. It goes from a powder to a creme. It’s magic!

EauMG – shares a list of perfume names that make her feel sad. But, hopefully this post will leave you feeling glad.

Gouldylox Reviews – Too Faced has released their new summer collection and the shadow palette is a vision in bronze and electric pink. It may contain the hottest pink shadow I’ve ever seen! Is it for you?

Lipglossiping – shares some luminizing foundation tips for boosting skin radiance. Perfect for anyone with a dehydrated skin type!

My Beauty Bunny – Want fuller, plumper, kissable lips? City Cosmetics’ City Lips Lip Plumper delivers! And we’ve got the before and after pictures to prove it.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches what might possibly be the most beautiful drugstore blushes she’s ever seen.

Pink Sith – imagines that a Samurai Princess would fall in love with Tatcha’s Indigo Soothing Silk Body Care Line while still being incredibly badass on the battlefield!

Prime Beauty – found and beautiful and easy way to bring Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year into her wardrobe with butterLONDON’s Molly Coddled!

Phyrra – shares the Best Cruelty Free Illuminizers. Get your glow on!

we heart this – introduces you to a one-ingredient product under $20 that banishes acne and fights wrinkles. Say what now?

Beauty Junkies Unite – You don’t have to be a vintage Urban Decay lover to appreciate this lipstick color that’s a blast from the past—and available for a limited time. Try not to fall in love with Gash Revolution Lipstick!

Question of the Week:

What is your all-time favorite drugstore lipstick?

B says, “NYX (they’re considered drugstore, right?) has an old skool lippy called Pink Caramel and giiiiirl, it if fantastic. Technically it’s a lipgloss, but it is so bright and so pink. And SO cheap. “


Where are my drugstore girls? What’s your favorite drugstore lipstick?

See you next week!

How Can A Nail Polish Collection Be So…Fine?

Have y’all heard of the brand Cirque? I’m not sure if I’ve featured them too many times on Clumps but I’ve purchased several of their polishes simply because they speak to me. I’m not even kidding. Every time they come out with a collection, I just hear….”Buy me, buy me.” And I buy them.

They recently announced the launch of their newest collection and I just had to share a few of the pics that landed in my inbox. Brace yourself…


Cirque Panacea

Cirque Xochitl

Cirque nail polishes

You’ll have to visit their site to see the rest of the collection, but I am really trying to figure out if I NEED any of them. I mean, obviously…YES, I do need a few, but which ones? Holos do it to me every time. They are my favorite formula and I’m just putty in the hands of brands that come out with them.

They’ll be like “Here’s a holographic polish for $359 a bottle.” And I’m all…

Shut Up and Take My Money

And unapologetically so. Bop on over to Cirque to see the rest of this stunning collection. And tell your wallet I apologize.


Sneak Peek at the Bee

Oh snaaaaap. Warmer weather is here and with it are the longer days which means I can start taking more pictures outside. *squeals* I have never been a fan of studio photography. Natural lighting is the best in my book. I just couldn’t wait to show y’all this lovely bar of sap from the brand Beecology.


This bar is just one of many lovely products from a brand whose owners are actual beekeepers. Pretty sweet, huh? I shall return with more pictures and features!


IMAN CC Correct & Cover Powder to Creme Concealer – 5 Reasons Why You May Want To Buy It

IMAN CC Correct & Cover Powder to Creme Concealer

I used to think concealer was pointless. It seemed like an added and unnecessary step. Especially for those of us who really don’t want to spend hoursssss getting ready in the morning. But I received a press sample of this and once again, IMAN Cosmetics has won my heart with another amaziiiiing product of theirs and so I am giving you 5 reasons why this concealer is fantastic.


1. It stays put. Because the powder turns into a creme, you don’t have to worry about it oozing down your face. You can set it…and forget it!

2. The powder makes for fantastic application and the creme makes for great longevity.

3. A little goes a long way. Just a tap on fingertips provides enough product for me to conceal under both eyes.

4. It does a great job at brightening the area under the eyes. If I’m going to use a concealer under my eyes, I also want it to make that area appear brighter. This works!

5. It plays nicely with my powder. Some concealers are snobs and don’t like to make friends with foundations. Not the case with this stuff. She is such a sweet heart and complements my powders beautifully.

IMAN CC on hand

IMAN CC blended

Not too bad, huh? I’m wearing Earth Medium, the 4th spectrum of the 5 that IMAN is giving us. The only problem I have with IMAN Cosmetics is that sometimes it can be a bit difficult finding their products in stores. While some Targets and drugstores regularly stock IMAN stuff, others only carry a limited supply or nothing at all. Boo and double boo. But this is why the World Wide Web can be your friend. You can score this stuff at for $15.

The one downfall? I wish the packaging for this was different.

IMAN CC Correct

I’m not sure how brands can effectively give us a powder to creme concealer but I’m not sure this one works. Do I use my fingers each time and risk contaminating the whole jar? Do I use a sponge-y thingie or Beauty Blender and not get the powder benefits? See the dilemma?

Either way, still another fantastic product from IMAN Cosmetics.