Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle is 6 months old

6 month old baby girl

Technically Elle is almost 7 months old but I’m mad late with getting this up. My bad!

Dear Elle,

You’ve been around for half of a year. Wow! I value each minute and each day with you because I know that I’ll blink and you’ll be a teenager trying to get your sticky fingers on my beauty stuffs. Please slow down. I love you just like this. You’re so perfect. You really are. How did we get such a cool and calm, baby? Everywhere we go people are amazed at how cool you are. You have never had a fit in public (not really at home either) and as long as you have access to your thumb and can snuggle against my chest, you’re good to go. I love this about you. You are far from a high maintenance baby.

Brown baby girl

Your bottle can be either hot or cold and you’ll drink it. You don’t have to be held 24/7. You enjoy playing by yourself. When you wake up, you sing and babble versus screaming your head off. On days when I’m just exhausted, you seem to notice and make things a little easier on me. You’re a dream baby.

Folx keep telling me that it’ll change and one day you’ll become this evil toddler but whatever – I’m enjoying the now. And speaking of the now, SCREAMING is your new thing. You love to scream and I’m almost positive that I heard you say “Mama”. The best thing about you? Everyone loves you. Everywhere you go people want to get a closer look at you because you’re just so sweet. You’ve got this kind and wonderful energy about you. It’s captivating and you never disappoint and always crack a smile or laugh.

Baby photography

You started you on solid foods this month. Your first food was sweet potatoes and even though you make these hilarious faces, you actually do a great job at putting the spoon to your mouth and eating your food. We only give you a good tablespoon a day but you seem to enjoy it. Daddy and I enjoy making fresh batches of food for you. We both think it’s great to provide you with fresh veggies over the canned baby food. We really want to give you a good start when it comes to nutrition. Mama is still pumping to give you breast milk and I won’t stop until you’re at least a year old.

Baby touches toes

And guess what? We are still using cloth diapers! People told me that I would give up on them by now but nope I love diapering you in your cute patterned cloth. And you’ve never had a diaper rash so hey…maybe this cloth stuff is right on!

Mama guilt struck me again and I was starting to think that you were still small but your pediatrician keeps telling me how perfect you are. You’re just petite. Just when I  started to doubt things, you began sitting up. And then getting on all fours with the attempts to crawl. Seriously? I’ve got a baby that is about to crawl? Ohmigoodness…please stop growing so quickly, baby.

Baby at 6 month old

Elle Bits:
-You’re a little under 14 lbs.
-You’ve tasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash and carrots.
-We sold your swing. You don’t use it anymore and it was taking up space.
-Your feet finally touch the bottom of your bouncer!
-You love your new highchair.
-Your skin has been super itchy so mama has gone gluten-free to see if that is the issue.
-If you see someone put it in their mouth, you want it too.
-Your appetite is through the roof…you’re eating a lot more.
-You can hold your bottle.
-You like putting your foot in your mouth. Literally.

Thank you so much for being the light of our lives. Love you, sweet girl.

XOXO,

Your Mama

Pretty Polishes from butter LONDON

It’s going to be Nail Polish Week here on Clumps of Mascara because I have a ton of reviews that I need to crank them out before 2014. You don’t mind, do you? I know I’m not the only nail polish fanatic out there so I know a great heap of y’all are going to appreciate these.

And for those that are alike “Who cares about nail polish?” just push through with me, won’t you? Let’s talk about the awesome butter LONDON first. I’ve got a few of their pretties that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I received these for review and as I feel about all of my bLs, they are absolute perfection. Just look at Pitter Patter.

Butter London Pitter Patter

Pitter Patter nail polish

Described as a opaque aubergine shimmer Pitter Patter was designed just for the royal baby-to-be! I live under a British rock so I’m not sure what they named him but I think a purple like this is pretty fitting for a boy or a girl. At the time I don’t think they knew the gender of this sweet babelet. It’s a decent looking purple. Nothing super unique from bL but it’s nice enough.

Silly Billy nail polish

Butter London Silly Billy

Silly Billy is my kind of shade. Then again I love me some orange nail polish. Especially an opaque, fire orange crème like this one. It applies beautifully in 2 coats but an extra 3rd coat really makes it come alive.

Lillibet's Jubilee nail polish

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Lillibet’s Jubilee is a pretty lavender metallic foil fit for a queen. No really. This shade was made for the Queen in honor of her holding the throne for 60 years. It’s not terrible but I don’t know, I think I would have picked more of a flashier color for the Queen. After all, she’s pretty colorful and has been seen wearing many different shades. A foil? Well, I don’t know if that does her much justice.

Still, these are butter LONDON polishes which means they are perfect in every way possible. You can grab these from Butter London’s website and they are sold at Ulta and sometimes select department stores. Which one is your fave?

COVERGIRL Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour

Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour

Cool news, CG lovers! The brand is helping all women “own the weekends” during the Easy Breezy Block Party bus tour. Below find all stops on the tour, and if you are nearby feel free to stop by for summer inspired makeovers, manicures, and beauty tutorials. For up-to-the-minute tour location information, follow @COVERGIRL on Twitter and Instagram and use the #easybreezysummer hashtag.

Easy Breezy Block Party Bus Tour stops include:

August 2 – Chicago, IL

  •  Lollapalooza

August 16- Santa Monica

  •   Santa Monica Beach

August 17- Los Angeles, CA

  •   H2O Music Festival

August 25- Brooklyn, NY

  •   MTV Video Music Awards

 

Yeeeeep, I’m a bit bummed out that they aren’t coming to Florida but I’ll be living through all of you gals that can make it to the bus out in Chi-Town, Cali and NYC.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 95

Flushed 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!

Gouldylox Reviews – has found a mascara that gives long, lush lashes that no summer fling can resist!

Lipglossiping – questions the merits of gold in Orogold 24K Deep Peeling. Gold-laden genius or cosmetic quackery?

My Beauty Bunny – Doing a little beauty shopping this weekend? Find out what eyeshadow is best for your eye color and shape to help make the decisions easier!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for a nice drugstore alternative to Clinique Black Honey that will only set you back five bucks? Check this out.

Pink Sith – Takes you on a journey though a rose garden in the middle of a hot summer day with Seth Kornegay Eau de Parfum in Orla .

Prime Beauty – is keeping her summer shine at bay with BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector–you’re going to love it!

Phyrra – shares her favorite Purple Nail Polish for Makeup Wars!

Vampy Varnish – takes you on a personalized tour of San Francisco with the new OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013.

we heart this – have you seen the mermaid-esque summer Aqua launches from MAKE UP FOR EVER?

Beauty Junkies Unite – Ladies, please don’t miss this review & swatches of the upcoming OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013. You just might be surprised by how many shades you love!

Clumps of Mascara – Can a piece of cloth replace your makeup remover? Hmmm…find out if The Wonder Cloth is really as wonderful as they say.

EauMG – Let’s travel to Bali with The Scent of Departure. Fans of “beachy” scents are going to love this affordable fragrance!

Question of the Week:

Do you own any beauty products that you “coveted” but never (or rarely) use?

B says, “Uhhhh yeah. Pretty much all of my beauty products are like that. Except for the Clarisonic. I wanted that baby for a long time and I still use it regularly. “

Do you have any beauty icons?

What’s your body shape?

History of Shapewear - Infographic

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Underwear have come a long way over the decades, from steel corsets and shape diminishing camisoles to push-up bras and the magical wonders of Spanx. Don’t let some of these past designs get you bent out of shape on the idea of shapewear, you may be surprised by the results acquired with today’s newest designs and styles.

From celebrities looking stunning on the red carpet to the envy of the office, women everywhere have a little secret under their wardrobes…Spanx (or any form of shapewear for that matter). It’s true women all over the world have fallen for these modern version ‘corsets’, but better than the much older designs, today’s shapewear allows you to target your problem area. That’s right, you can suck in and tighten anything from your tummy to your thighs…take that bone crushing corsets from our past!

To see how far the fashions and designs of our world of undergarments have come over the years, take a quick gander at this fun little infogrpahic that gives a neat little timeline of what the women from our past to our present have endured to feel and look a little more svelte. There are also some great tips in there to help you pick out the pieces that work best for you and your body type!

Find your best fitting shapewear at Herroom.

Can The Wonder Cloth Replace Makeup Remover?

Imagine a world without makeup remover. In this world, you wouldn’t have to deal with buying and re-buying your makeup remover. You wouldn’t have to worry about it accidentally spilling in your luggage during trips. You wouldn’t have to spend countless dollars on cotton swabs, balls and rounds. In this world, a simple piece of cloth would remove every ounce of your makeup saving you time and money. I was graciously sent a sample of this  cloth to test drive.

Say hello to The Wonder Cloth, y’all.

The Wonder Cloth

Probably designed by a makeup junkie like me, The Wonder Cloth claims to be an all natural makeup remover. Not only does it promise to thoroughly remove makeup with water alone, it says it also cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Um, yeah. Okay. Just call me Skeptical Sally.

TWC

Wonder Cloth

The cloth contains 60% Rayon and 40% Cotton and it’s a pretty decent size…

The Wonder Cloth Clumps of Mascara

Clean The Wonder Cloth

It feels incredibly soft too.

I would gladly trade my lint-y pals for this baby here. I figured the best way to test this was to put on a full face of makeup and see if The Wonder Cloth could remove everything. I used the most pigmented lippy that I could find. That’s OCC’s Pretty Boy

The Wonder Cloth before

The Wonder Cloth after removing makeup.

Dirty Wonder Cloth

My findings:
-While it feels soft on the face, I couldn’t use this for exfoliation. It isn’t tough enough.
-It removed foundation and blush easily. But then against, do would a regular washcloth.
-Mascara was tough to remove as was eyeliner. I got a good chunk of it of but still needed to follow up with my regular makeup remover.
-The OCC Lip Tar stained the cloth. Womp.
-This is a one time use product. I would only feel comfortable using this once before tossing it in the washer.

Does it work? I guess. But I found it to be most comparable to an average wash cloth – just a lot smoother. It definitely feels great on the face and it removed some traces of makeup but I wouldn’t trade it for my makeup remover.

Ah well. You can grab this baby at Amazon and even Bed, Bath & Beyond. Mama Clumps said she’s seen it at her local Walgreens as well.

Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels

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Oh summer time: sunshine and breezy summer dresses, suntans and cool drinks, flip flops and …cracked heels? Wait a minute, that doesn’t really fit the ideal image of those long summer days and late summer nights we love and look forward to. Unfortunately, cracked and dried heels happen to us all and especially during the summer months. From those lovely sandals we adore to wear when the weather is just right, to the harsh sun and brutal beating our feet endure during our beach and hike adventures; our poor feet go through quite an ordeal to keep us walking on.

After everything our feet go through for us it is our duty to return the favor with proper care and a little “feet R&R” from time to time. If you aren’t too keen on getting massages and pedicures or you honestly just don’t have the time or the funds to frequent a beauty shop, here are some nifty little home remedies for cracked heels:

· One of the most common things you hear, even more so when the weather gets warm, is to drink plenty of water.

· Exercising is always a great method to relieve cracked heel side effects and pain; exercising increases circulation which can help the blood flow and healing process for your feet.

· Another effective remedy includes a little indulgence that you can do in the comfort of your own home; soak your feet for roughly 20-30 minutes in the evening, then sooth and soak your feet in a natural moisturizer, slip on cotton socks and sleep the night away while your feet relax and soak up the moisture.

· Also, try to use a pumice stone to carefully reduce the thickness you’ll notice on your heel; this will help limit the amount and frequency of the cracking and splitting that can become rather painful and unsightly.

Our feet deserve a little TLC (tender loving care) from time to time and it is our job to give it to them. Our bodies let us know when something is wrong or when we need to start taking things a little easier, our feet do so when they become painful and start to crack. Pay attention to the signs our bodies give us and the long-term benefits will be more than worth it.

Makeup Wars – Our Favorite Purple Nail Polishes

It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a post with my Makeup Wars sisters. I know, I’m terrible. But I’ve crawled out from under my rock and today my girls and I are sharing our favorite purple nail polishes.

Soooooo not an easy task. Especially for a nail polish hoarder like me. How can I possibly have a favorite? That’s like asking a mom to pick their favorite kid. Okay, I’m kidding. I am hands down my Mom’s favorite. Just like Cult Nails’ Flushed is my favorite purple nail polish.

Cult Nails Flushed nail polish

Now as much as I love this baby, she just doesn’t photograph well. Cult Nails describes Flushed as a true “Blurple” (blue/purple) buildable sheer with an intense purple/pink shimmer effect that appears to glow through the polish (source). Yeeeep, that description is dead on for me. This nail polish has everything I could ever dream in a polish. It’s so unexpected and I’m always getting compliments when I wear it.

Flushed nail polish

And then there’s that luscious jelly finish. *swoons* I can’t get enough. Best purple everrrr!!!

Cult Nails Flushed

Check out the purple nail polishes that my gals picked.

Purple nail polish lovers…do you have a favorite?