Josie Maran Adds Shimmer!

Welllll, we all know how much I love Josie Maran. Yes, I’m still on her adoring bandwagon. I recently got some new products of hers to review and while I’ve featured them before, these are different because Josie has added some shimmer to her products!

Josie Maran Radiance

Now I’m not gonna lie…I’m no fan of sparklin’. Especially when said sparkle is overwhelming. But the added shimmer in these JM products are subtle. Yay! I knew Josie would get it right. I’m still a fan of her original products because they are fragrance free but these are fun if you’re looking to try something different.

The Body Butter has a nice “natural” fragrance to it…

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance

And it is just beauuuuutiful to look at.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance jar

I find that the shimmer is very apparent on my skin so I’m not a fan of wearing it daily. It really POPS.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance on skin

The hair serum smells as good as the original hair serum and the shimmer isn’t as proponent.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance

And if you haven’t tried JM’s Hair Serum, hop to it because it smells divine and is great at keeping the hair slicked down. Of couse everyone’s hair type is different but I like how it worked on my afro.

The Argan Oil is different than the original because it contains honey lavender and chamomile.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance on skin

I really do like the original better. I just find it to be, I don’t know…pure. But these limited edition products are great for shimmer lovin’ guys and gals.

Beauty Stats:

Prices:
Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance – $65 on Ebay.
Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance – $30 at Sephora.com.
Pure Argan Oil with Radiance – $48 at Sephora.com.

Steep prices? Well, yeah…but that’s typical for Josie Maran’s products. I’m excited to see her stepping outside of the box a bit with these but I think I’m a sucker for her simple products more. Whatcha think? Shimmer or no shimmer?

Hair Talk: Win A DermOrganic Gift Card!

Did I tell y’all that I cut my hurr? Like…off?

Short fade #naturalhair

Yeah. No, I’m not going through any breakdowns. I’m just sick of dealing with hair. It keeps falling out thanks to postpartum-ness and so I was like, “Screw it…” and I went to the barber and shaved it all off. I am in loooove. I’ll be maintaining this for quite some time. Hair this short eliminates the need for a ton of products but I’ll definitely be keeping my DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo in heavy rotation. I only like to use sulfate-free products on my color treated hair and THIS stuff is the best.

Not familiar with DermOrganic? It’s a fantastic natural brand of hair care products for guys and gals of all hair types. I am currently co-hosting a giveaway on the DermOrganic Facebook page. You can enter daily to win a $10 gift card. It really is THAT simple. Enter here.

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Good luuuuck!

A Bead-y Bead-y Radiant Glow Face Powder!

Some products are just too pretty to touch. They have no business being in the hands of clumsy folx like me. Take this Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder for example. I got it for review some time ago.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder up close

Pretty, huh? These aren’t innovative. They’ve been around for quite some time but this is my first time owning and using a bead-y powder type deal. Can I be honest? I think I enjoy looking at these more than I like using them. Craziness, I know. These little bits of magic bring me so much joy just by looking at them.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder in hand

I really don’t even need to apply them to my face to be happy. And you’re probably like, “What the heck is this for anyway, B?”. Welp. Good question… Think of it as an add-on AFTER you’ve applied your makeup. If your foundation is set, blush is in place and the lips are all glossed up, this baby will take your cheeks to the next level. Of course it’s not necessary but a little extra glow ain’t never hurt nobody.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder macro

Nope. I found the glow to be far too fair for my complexion. Instead of a glow, I got a bit of an ashy wash of color. Oh boo. Can’t win ‘em all, B. Can’t win ‘em all. I know. All cosmetics aren’t made for all complexions and so I don’t think this one suits me best. I don’t care though. I still love looking in the tin and rolling it around my hand. I’m weird like that. Don’t judge me. I dare you to NOT stare at these beads.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder packaging

Beauty Stats

Price: $32
Where To Buy: TooFaced.com
Is it worth it?: It definitely isn’t an necessity in your daily makeup routine. Is it fun to have? Sure! My darker sisters may struggle with getting glow though.

Soooo is anyone else a sucker for packaging?

Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle is 4 Months Old!

Elle is 4 months old

Dear Elle,

Hey there, big girl! Technically you’re 20 weeks old which means you are almost 5 months old. I was all late with getting your doctor’s appointment squared away so you won’t be getting your 4 month checkup until like uh…this week. I am SO excited (and nervous) to see how much you weigh. I’m hoping that you’re at least 14 lbs or so. I see you getting bigger and you are officially in 6-9 months clothing but I always wonder if my breastmilk is enough for you. People keep telling me how small you are and it bugs me.

They don’t know how far you’ve come. Every baby isn’t super chubby and it’s a bit insensitive to say things like, “Wow…she’s so small.” to parents of preemies and small babies. But whatever. I’m learning how to let it go. We don’t plan on introducing food for awhile so you’ve still got some months being exclusively breastfed. You do have your own little raspberry shop though.

Blowing raspberries

You love blowing spit bubbles. It cracks your Grandma Clumps up. Speaking of her…she adores you. So so much. You’re so incredibly loved by so many people. Everyone is in love with your eyes. “They are so alert!” they say.

Pretty eyed girl

And it’s true. I’m not sure where you got your eyes from but I love looking in them. I’ll never forget the night I finished giving you a bottle and you stared right into my eyes. We looked eyes for a good 30 seconds and then you gave me the biggest smile ever. I love moments like that.

Traveling baby

Last night I asked your Daddy what if he thought you cried a lot. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being A LOT, we both gave you a 3. You hardly ever cry. Your sitter says the same thing. I am so grateful we ended up with a cool and calm little girl. Your personality is so here and when you don’t have a constant smile on your face we know you’re sleepy or need some downtime. Your demeanor is so pleasant that this month we pushed it to the limits a bit by having adventures waaaay past your bedtime (success!) and taking a 4.5 hour road trip one day and returning the next (tragedy!). We’re trying to learn you and for the most part I think your Daddy and I  are becoming amazing parents. I’m so proud of your Daddy. He works a lot, yes, but when he’s here he wants a ton of Elle and Daddy time. He snuggles you and has you giggling up a storm when he kisses your tummy.

Baby and Daddy

You love when he does that. We both sing to you and we’re amazed at how you watch TV like a big girl. Doc McStuffins in your favorite. Every time you hear the theme song your face lights up. And when you’re fussy and nothing is helping soothe you, if I bust out in “Doe A Deer” from The Sound of Music, you calm down.

Baby and mommy

Cheesy, but it works. You’re a music lovin’ baby and we want nothing more than to keep you surrounded by tunes. We took our first family road trip this month and it was challenging but you were so sweet around dozens of new people. You flashed smiles and definitely played the part. And you are a drool machine. It’s hilarious. Looks like we’ll be seeing some teeth soon! Your ezcema is still around and mama is trying a new concoction every month. Nothing seems to work. While I have eliminated most dairy products I still eat a few items with milk in them and so maybe that’s the cause. I don’t know. I’m always blaming myself for something when it comes to you. I want you to have a perfect life. I want the best for you.

Happy baby

Because you deserve it. Don’t tell your Daddy but you’re my best friend. Yep, my almost 5 month old baby is my BFF.

I enjoy every moment with you. Even the 2am bottle feedings. I love our weekend cuddles and Saturday adventures. I love taking you out on walks and watching your face light up when you hear a dog bark. The world amazes you. I no longer feel Working Mommy Guilt. Our time apart isn’t horrible because it allows you to learn in a different environment with a qualified caretaker and it allows mommy to continually work on her craft. I never wanted to loose myself in Mommyhood and guess what? I haven’t! You are #1 in my life but I still have a social life and passions. I am in a great place. In the next month or so we’ll be moving and you’ll be getting your own room…officially. I don’t know though…I still think I want you sleeping in our room. I’m not ready to be so far away from you yet.

Yep, I’m an attached mama. But you…and this face…

Baby with thumb in mouth

It lights up my world.

Keep shinin’, baby. I love you,
Mommy

Join me for a Eucerin Twitter Party. Prizes included!

Eucerin_No-Fry-Friday-Badge

Hey girl hey! Gonna be online sometime during tomorrow? Crazy question, right? I mean if you’re reading this chances are you are somewhat of a techie and love reading about beauty happenings. Tomorrow I’m going to be one of the co-hosts of Eucerin’s #NoFryFriday Twitter chat. It’s going to be a day long Twitter chat with hour-long chats with different hosts. Yours truly will be hosting the 1pm-2pm EST hour and I’d love for you to join in.

Eucerin_No-Fry-Friday_Schedule_Macro

So WHY is the brand doing this? According to Eucerin, “Memorial Day is widely considered to be the unofficial start to the summer. Many people flock to the beaches but may not practice safe sun exposure. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declared that the Friday before Memorial Day be called ‘Don’t Fry Day’. Its goal: promote sun safety awareness and encourage people to practice safe sun while outdoors.”

Makes sense to me. Especially since I’m a beach babe! The party will be be funnnnn. Each hour Eucerin will be giving away one Sun-Safe grand prize pack each hour, filled with a wide brimmed hat, water bottle, Sunglass Hut gift card, Eucerin products and more. *squeals* Tweet me and let me know if you plan on making it. See you then!

 

Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 collection

Zoya does it again! But they always do it, don’t they? This is 1 of 2 of their gorgeous summer collections. This collection is full of vibrant cremes that are nice and wearable and nice additions of their already stellar profile. I got these for review and I’ve been struggling to figure out which one is my fave…

Zoya Stunning nail polish collection

See what I mean?

Zoya Yana

Yana is a geranium pink and for someone who has never been thrilled by pink nail polishes, I just beyond in love with this one. It’s pink, yes, but there’s something special about this one. Who knows. Maybe I love it this much because I have an awesome gal pal named Yana. *shrugs*

Zoya Thandie

Thandie is a citrus orange. I’ll never get sick of orange nail polishes. Especially ones that remind me of orange sherbet. Yumzzzzz.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a serene blue. I think Zoya has done quite a bit of these so Rocky is pretty but she isn’t anything spectacular.

Zoya Micky

Micky is a gorgeous coral and I’m finally 100% really into corals these days. So I LOVE Micky. I really think corals like amazing on everyone.

Zoya Josie

Josie is a grassy green cream. She’s a pretty mint green. Not insanely unique but how can you really dislike a dusty green?

Zoya Darcy

Darcy is a sunny yellow and really has more of a richer and butter-y yellow hue to her. If that makes any sense. Like all yellows, she was tough to apply but stunning nonetheless.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $8/bottle or $48 for the collection
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Yana, Thandie, Micky 
 
 

I love this collection. But of course! I’m a lover of creme nail polishes. I found that 3 coats worked for these as 2 coats made them a bit streaky. They are stunning nonetheless and perfect for summer.

Beauty Reads: The Beauty Detox Foods

Beauty Detox Foods

A true beauty lover doesn’t just play in makeup and beauty products. She reads about them too, darlings. And not just in magazines either. The oh so popular Kimberly Synder (celebrity nutritionist and author) is back with another book to follow up her The Beauty Detox Solution book. Check it out…

I received a copy of this book to check out and while I thought it would be a bit gimmicky and full of obvious stuff, I am so happy to see practical suggestions and recipes in this book. No, seriously. The recommendations are totally up my alley.

Beauty Detox Foods Book

The overwhelming theme behind the book is simple: eat better foods and your skin and body will thank you. Bam. That’s it. And while that seems obvious when you think about it, Kimberly points out what the good foods do for you and why adding them to your diet is beneficial.

She also talks about the not so good additions in our diets – mostly meats, dairy and wheat. To each his or her own and while not everyone wants to lead a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free life, Kimberly has recipes that omit meat, dairy and wheat and incorporating those once in one’s diet from time to time doesn’t seem too bad.

The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Synder

Although, I am totally down with the dairy-free thing. I’ve been dairy-free for almost 5 months now and while I soooo miss cheese, my tummy and I both now I am better without it.

My favorite part of the book? Reading about Kim’s love of green smoothies.

The Beauty Detox Foods

I’ve been talking about green smoothies for years now. I had the biggest aversion to them while pregnant but I am so making up for lost time. Between the recipes and insight on how helpful different fruits and veggies can be on your skin and overall heath, I’ve been lovin’ Kimberly’s newest book. It has a nice spot in my beauty resources section.

Have you folx checked out this book? Whatcha think?

Laura Geller Signature Superstar Collection giveaway!

Laura Geller Signature Superstars Collection

This is a giveaway sponsored by Beauty Stat. Woo hoo!! Bigger IS better when it comes to Laura Geller Beauty!

The Signature Superstars SUPERSIZED collection features the best in Baked, plus the award-winning Spackle Under Make-Up Primer—all enclosed in a beautiful, limited edition gift box. You’ll love the skin-pampering ingredients of these Signature Superstars that deliver big, beautiful results.

Laura Geller Beauty truly is the Baked Authority. Made by Italian artisans, their Baked Collection starts as a cream baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles and is then hand finished into silky domes of powder. The result: makeup that flatters all skin types, with unparalleled coverage, blendability and superior color-correcting benefits.

  • Bronze-n-Brighten Supersized Baked Color Correcting Bronzer is the very first product that launched Laura Geller Beauty’s celebrated Baked collection! Bronze-n-Brighten features swirls of color-correcting pigments that combine to deliver even, sun-kissed color. It is infused with skin-loving antioxidants Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts.
  • Baked Highlighter in Duo Supersized in French Vanilla/NEW Golden Rose features two luminous highlighter shades to put the spotlight on your best features, giving you a gorgeous, lit-from-within glow.
  • Spackle Supersized Under Make-Up Primer is formulated with botanicals and powerful antioxidants. Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts to enhance skin texture. Prime your skin to a soft, smooth canvas so make-up glides on with truer color and stays on for extended wear. 

 

With this collection, you’ll be able to bronze and highlight—creating the perfect, light summer look that is so on-trend right now!

Signature Superstars Collection includes:

• Spackle Supersized Under Make-Up Primer –. 4 oz./113 g/118 ml
• Bronze-n-Brighten Supersized Baked Color Correcting Bronzer (Fair or Medium) – 0.85
oz./24 g
• Baked Highlighter Duo Supersized in French Vanilla/Golden Rose – 0.26 oz./7.5 g
• Large Kabuki Retractable Brush in Black
• Double-Ended Highlighter Brush in Black

 

Can’t wait to try this SUPERSIZED collection from Laura Geller? Well, you’re in luck! I’m giving away 1 complete set of Laura Geller’s New Signature Superstar Collection to 1 lucky winner!

To be eligible to win leave a comment down below letting me know why you need this cosmetic collection for summer. Also, make sure to let me know which Bronze-n-Brighten Supersized Baked Color Correcting Bronzer shade you prefer: Fair or Medium.

Also, to qualify, make sure to use hashtag #SupersizedStars on Twitter [@ClumpsOfMascara], letting me know you’ve commented below! (US only, ages 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one total entry per person)

Good luck to all those who enter!

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