Armitron Watch Giveaway!

Wellllllll, it’s a new year and yours truly needed to step her game up in the watch department. I used to be obsessed with watches, y’all. I mean seriously obsessed. But I go through phases with watches. One minute I need to haul every single one that I see and the next I’m all like, “Whatever…I don’t need to wear a watch today.” Armitron has reeled me back into my obsession and I’m glad because watches really do complete a look.

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Esposo is a watch guy so he was all kinds of giddy about getting the opportunity to test drive this baby.

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These pieces are the newest from Armitron’s Spring 2013 collection. We’ll rap on Esposo’s watch first.

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Retailing for only $33, I like this watch because it’s nice enough to dress up and dress down. Because Esposo works in a pretty active field, he prefers watches that are pretty durable and can take a beating and still keep on tickin’. The blue face makes it wearable and the bling gives it a nice added touch of class.

And then there’s this gorgeous rose gold watch

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I’ve had my fair share of watches but I’ve never owned a rose gold one. I’m a silver lovin’ gal and can get pretty stuck in my ways but ZOMG, I think I’m starting to love rose gold.

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A bit on the fancier side, this is the kind of watch that I’d only want to wear for date nights, church, special events or Girl’s Night Out. I find it far too gorgeous to wear every day. It retails for $60 so it’s not too much of a wallet breaker.

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The best thing about Armitron watches is that they are afforable and durable. Both of the watches retail for under $75 which ain’t too shabby if you are looking to step up your watch game. And because I love y’all, I’ve decided to give away a his and her watch set.

One lucky winner will win the following:

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And if you’re lookin’ for more beautiful Armitron watches, check out their store on Amazon. In the meantime, press your luck to win these kids. Oh! And this is an International-friendly giveaway. Woo hooo!!

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More Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes

Yep! I’m back with more super affordable polishes from Wet ‘n Wild. I’ve done formal reviews of these before (check out this post) so I’m just going to show off these pretty babies. Sound good?

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Coool…let’s go!

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2% Milk has the best name ever because it’s SO dead on with the description of the polish. Not that you could ever get me drink milk. *gags* But nail polish wise, this is such a nice and milky jelly. It would be perfect for American manicures. Not that you could get me to wear one of those. :razz: I actually like how this looks solo.

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Haze of Love could best be described as a plum-y cherry. It’s a burgundy that is nothing spectacular but I seriously think cream finishes make everything better.

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Tropicalia is a coral and I had the most difficult time trying to photograph it. It looks hot pink but in real life it’s a coral that leans more on the orange side.

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Private Viewing is a pale pecan cream and it’s another polish that would probably look good with a French or American manicure of some kind.

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On A Trip is a blurple lavender cream. And she’s quite the stunner.

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Sugar Coat is a pale pink cream and like its similar siblings, it’s nothing particular special. I will definitely be using this polish for some jelly sandwiches though.

I used 2 coats for each polishes and the sheer creams (2% Milk, Private Viewing and Sugar Coat) could probably go for 3 to get more of an opaque finish. It’s hard to get them to apply evenly but if you’ve got the time, you’ll love the final look. Like all Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes, these have the wide brushes that people like me love. And by ‘people like me’, I mean those of us with super wide nail beds.

You can grab these at most drugstores for only $2.99 a pop.

Clinique Chubby Wubby Lip Colour Balms

Clinique does it again. They’ve managed to create an amazing lip product that I’m obsessed with. Their Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms have been around for quite some time but now Clinique has some reformulated ones that are more…intense. Yes, girl…yes! Intense color is definitely my preference when it comes to lip products. And um, let’s face it – when have you ever seen a super pigmented lip stick thingy like this? I haven’t!

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Soooo, I mean, what IS this stick of wonderfulness? According to Clinique, these lip balms are a blend between a moisturizing lip balm and a full coverage lip colour. And that definition is pretty dead on to me. I usually always apply a lip balm before applying any a lipgloss or lipstick but with these, I can just put it on and go.

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At $16 a pop, you get a good amount of product.

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And no, love…you don’t have to worry about having a massive sharpener for these. Simply twist that little silver knob at the bottom and you’re good to go.

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There are 5 gorgeous shades of these but I’m highlighting my favorites…

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Curviest Caramel is a soft pink that also leans more on the nude-y side. I didn’t think it would work well with my complexion but it’s pretty darn spectacular. I’ve been able to rock it confidently without a lipliner and all. Woot!

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Plushest Punch is a gentle magenta and this is my favooooorite. I find it to be a great everyday color. It also seems to be a bit more glossy than some of the other shades. Which is a nice little perk. :cool:

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Heftiest Hibiscus looks orange at first glance but but really it’s more of an orange-y coral. It works well for me and it’s such a nice shade to have in the bunch.

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Grandest Grapes almost looks like Plushest Punch but it has more purple in it. It’s darker and richer and I find it to be a gorgeous pop of color on days when I’m not doing too much with the eyes.

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Mighest Maraschino is a red and bay-bee, it is really red. It’s got some blue in it so I think it’ll work well for all complexions. It’s the perfect “intro to red” for those who aren’t ready to wear super glossy red lips.

So let’s see, these are…
-Moisturizing
-Long-lasting (I can get good wear for about 4-5 hours)
-Nicely pigmented
-Easy to find
-In a number of diverse shades

Cost: $16/ea
Where To Buy?: Clinique counters and Clinique.com

Have you gals tried these yet? Pretty impressive, uh?

Mascara Monday: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party mascara

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Confession: I don’t really use many Bobbi Brown products. There’s no real reason other than I find the products to be pretty pricey and nothing really catches my eyes. And you know what? I can save up for pricey cosmetics but said cosmetics need to freaking turn my head with their packaging and performance, ya know? And I never felt that way about good ole’ BB. But it’s high time that I try one of her mascaras. I ordered this one during a Sephora sale and was all kinds of excited about trying it out.

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Price: $24 at Bobbi Brown counters, Sephora and at Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This pliable formula stays flexible even after it dries, so each coat goes on as fresh as the first—immediately or hours later—with zero dragging, clumping, or flaking. The tapered brush grabs even the smallest, hard-to-reach lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Meh. It’s just meh.

What I Loved About It: It’s a long-lasting mascara. Whether you love the outcome or not, you can pretty much guarantee that the mascara itself won’t go anywhere until you’re ready to remove it.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me much of anything.

Overall: Oh man. It kinda sucks that my first experience with a Bobbi Brown mascara is pretty so so. I was expecting fireworks and instead I barely love a flame. Oh boo. The first time I tried this mascara I was WOW’d in the least but I tried it daily for a week and by the end of the week I was just very much underwhelmed. It’s just such a mediocre mascara. And I don’t really blame the wand because even though it isn’t the greatest, it isn’t terrible either.

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Not my ideal choice for a mascara wand but it appears that it would be great for volumizing, right? Even if you’ve got baby lashes, this brush can sweep ‘em out and help elongate and plump the lashes with ease. But alas, I didn’t experience any of that greatness. And maybe it had something to do with the formula.

The formula almost seemed non-existent. I would have actually preferred a thick and obnoxious formula compared to nothing at all. It took a good 2 coats for me to really spot the mascara on my lashes. And even then, my lashes didn’t seem to do much of anything. By the 3rd coat, I gave up on trying to achieve much of anything and just assumed that the mascara wouldn’t be as “extreme” as it claimed. *sigh* I hate when this happens. But this is the mascara game yo. I’m used to it.

The good news is, if you aren’t looking for a super crazy mascara that will give you volume and length but want something long-lasting, this baby is it. I was impressed at how it didn’t flake or smudge throughout the day. Which, of course, is a total perk in my book. So yeah…so not extreme but ride or die? Yeah.

 

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Do I recommend it?: Nope. I plan on trying out more Bobbi Brown mascaras but this one so isn’t worth your $24.

Any Bobbi Brown lovers in the house? What do you think about this mascara?


Baby Clumps is here!

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…I mean, woooooow. I am just as shocked as you are. Elle came 3 weeks early and surprised us all.

By the way, it’s pronounced “El”. Not “El-ly”. Ellie is cute but you wouldn’t believe how many people have pronounced it that way. Which kinda sorta boggles my mind.

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I’m so in love with her. Everything she does amazes me. I’m pretty impressed with myself too. And Esposo. I’ll share her birth story in the coming weeks but there really isn’t much to say. Water broke. Active labor for 5 hours. Pushed for 17 minutes. Birthed a babe on January 7th…5 days after my birthday and in a comfortable birthing center.

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Baby girl was born only weighing 5 lbs so we’re working hard to get her to gain weight. She has to go to the pediatrician every other day or so. I’ve got a dream team of a midwife, doula, pediatrician and lactation consultant. And honestly, having the baby was the easy part. Breastfeeding is a whole ‘nother beast that is challenging but I am so dedicated to get down.

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I am beyond sleep deprived but whatever. Baby Clumps is here and she’s healthy and some kind of awesome. She’s so tiny but so strong. She motivates me. Life is even more amazing.

Posts will be slow around here but for good reason. :cool:

Gorgeous Picks from Le Métier de Beauté

Remember that time I had that crazy awesome Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics makeover? I am still head over heels in love with this higher end brand and as promised, I’ve got some of their newest goodies to show off. Now. Keep in mind, that Le Métier de Beauté is higher-end so their product prices aren’t for everyone. But for my girls who love luxe cosmetics, you’ll love everything about this brand. And y’all know…I don’t discriminate. I love drugstore and higher-end cosmetics equally. :cool: Word.

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Let’s rap on nail polishes first because that’s what most newcomers to the brand love the most. And it’s no surprise because everything from the color selection to the formula is just superb.

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I do have 2 complaints about the polishes though. Their bottles are just so so as far as appearance and the brushes seem to be a bit on the small side. Or maybe I just have huge hands. Could be the latter. But still – I love everything about these 2 shades.

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Made in the Jade is a wonderful dark green that is opaque with only 2 coats. It’s a smooth cream and has a gorgeous shine without a topcoat.

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Cloisin-Navy is just that…a richly pigmented navy nail polish that will have any blue nail polish lover going nutty. And for good reason. It’s just dynamic. And I love that it’s a navy blue that doesn’t look black. These polishes retail for $18 a pop.

On the eyeshadow front, check out how beautiful Fire Lily is…

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Gorgeous, right? This shade reminds me so much of MAC’s Cranberry except it has a tiny bit more shimmer to it. It is fantastic on the lid but I really like shades like this applied to my outer-V. Le Métier de Beauté’s eyeshadows are pretty pricey at $30 but man, this one makes the price tag seem okay.

Aaaaand in the lipstick world, I couldn’t stop bragging about Le Métier de Beauté’s glosses and this Orange Juiced ($32) is just niiiice.

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For one, it doesn’t feel like a typical gloss. It is insanely moisturizing (thanks to the Vitamin E) and doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. At the same time, you get a nice dose of shine and while the gloss is orange in color, it actually looks pretty clear on my lips with just a small bit of orange shimmer. Of course, if I were to wear an orange (or maybe red) lipstick, the orange in the gloss would really pop. It isn’t the glossiest lipgloss that I’ve come across but I would trade added moisture for glossiness any day. Can I get an Amen?

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And I saved the best for last because the packaging of Le Métier de Beauté’s Kaleidoscopes are just goooorgeous.

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Priced at $95, these are definitely the kind of product that you have to LOOOOOOVE to even consider buying. Admittedly so, I’ve never been a fan of lip color palettes and kits. I think they are best suited for makeup artsits and traveling but for everyday use, I much prefer using lipsticks and glosses. There is something insanely wonderful about the lip colors in this Lip Kit though. Each shade is nice and pigmented and all have nice wear time. They end up being about $25 each so yeah, I do think the price point is a bit hefty – even for a luxe brand.

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The shades:

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Cinema: a velvety, ultra-rich true red.
Existential: sparkling mauve with rose effervescence.
Beau: deep berry crimson with matte finish.
Celluloid: a glimmering, creamy flushed red.

Celluloid is stunning. I’m not into having to use a lip brush every time I want to apply a lip color (I know…I’m lazy) but I loooove this one.

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So yeah, I am loving me some Le Métier de Beauté. If you’re going to spend a good amount of money on a brand, you should want to be woo-ed and Le Métier de Beauté does that. You can scoop up their products at select Nordstrom counters and Nordstrom.com.

 

Any Le Métier de Beauté lovers in the house? How beautiful is that Kaleidoscope?

China Glaze Tranzitions nail polish collection

Well noooooow, this is quite the surprise. Good ole’ China Glaze is always on the up and up when it comes to knowing the latest and greatest in the nail polish world. They know that many of us have fallen victim to the nail art addiction and so they’ve released some polishes that can help make nail art…well, easier.

According to China Glaze, it goes like this: “This revolutionary new color-changing nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied”. Reacts in what way, you ask? With a stroke of clear top coat, the original polish color transforms into another nail polish groovy. Pretty groovy concept, uh? It’s easy to identify what color you’ll start with and what color a top coat will transform that color to because China Glaze have given us little labels on each of the Tranzitions bottles.

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China Glaze isn’t the first to do this but a mainstream brand hasn’t done this in a while so they do get some props in my book. I’ll show off the swatches first and then go into detail about how these polishes work and if they are worth your pennies.

Duplicityy is a mint green that shifts to vibrant teal. I actually really like this color without the top coat. Duplicityy seemed to dry better than most of the other polishes. The teal that arrives after the top coat is gorgeous too and almost has a bit of watercolor effect.

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Duplicityy with a bit of top coat…

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Duplicityy with top coat all over…

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Shape Shifter is a smokey violet that shifts to dark purple. That dark violet is very very subtle and actually looks more like a chrome-y navy blue on the nails. It’s a shade I’d wear solo but I love its transformed color (that vibrant purple) a lot more.

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Shape Shifter with a bit of top coat…

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Shape Shifter with top coat all over…

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Modify Me is a periwinkle blue that shifts to indigo blue. That perwinkle is some kind of awesome and don’t laugh at me, but I got a bit ambitious with my wanna-be nail art when it came to using the top coat. It is insanely tricky but you can use a dotting tool to make the other color pop up. I’m just not that good at it…yet.

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Modify Me with a bit of top coat…

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Modify Me with top coat all over…

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Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvery grey that shifts to bluish-charcoal grey and the truth about this shade is that it doesn’t LOOK all that differently when you apply a top coat over it. I’m not even kidding.

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Metallic Metamorphosis with a bit of top coat…

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Metallic Metamorphosis with top coat all over…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity is a dusty pink that shifts to fuchsia and it’s a good shade to have in the bunch considering all of the other polishes don’t have any pink/red  variations to them. The cotton candy pink is nice and girly and I dig the fuchsia it turns into – although it does have application problems a la Modify Me.

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with a bit of top coat…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with top coat all over…

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Altered Reality is a teal blue that shifts to turquoise and ohmiiiiigoodness, my camera sucked at trying to capture this color. While it looks gray, it really is more of a chrome-y teal. It’s not my favorite of the bunch though.

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Altered Reality with a bit of top coat…

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Pro’s

-Interesting concept to those who like nail art.
-I managed to get an opaque finish with each polish after only applying 1 coat.
-You really do get 2 polishes in 1 but for the price of 1 polish.
-Fun way to quickly change nail polish colors on a whim.
-All brands of top coat work effectively.

Con’s

-It’s hard to tell when the polish is “ready” for the top coat because even when they feel dry, applying a top coat can result in a streaky finish.
-The nail polish formula, while opaque, has such a weird consistency. It’s streaky and it’s tough to get it to apply evenly.
-Some of the polishes didn’t have much of a noticeable shift in color.

OVERALL:

Are these gimmicky? Well…yes. But nail polish fans may like them for the fun factor alone. Using them will take some trial and error but they aren’t impossible. Plus, I’m all for something “new” in the nail polish world so even though these aren’t perfect, I’m not exactly hating on them.

 

Purchase Information

Cost: 3.99/ea
Availability: Available in January 2013.
Where To Buy: Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and on e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Whatcha think, nail polish lovers? Are these the coolest polishes you’ve ever seen or a bit…strange?

Makeup Wars: 5 Beauty Resolutions

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Well y’all…it’s time to hold my self accountable. And doing a blog post about beauty resolutions is the BEST way to do it. And when I screw up, I want you guys to let me know, mkay. That’s what beauty friends are for. Okay. Sooooo…here we go.

 

Clean my makeup brushes regularly.

I’m not even going to tell you how often I DON’T clean my brushes. You’ll judge me. And it would be okay because I’d judge me too. So yeah, I vow to rinse those brushes off more often.

Create a better makeup storage situation.

My makeup storage is all over the place. I’ve got my everyday products that I have in a crate in my bathroom and then I’ve got more stuff allllll over the place in my beauty room. My nail polishes are housed beautifully but everything else is all kinds of messed up. This is why I need The Container Store to hurry up and open here in Orlando. Fo reals.

Learn how to maintain my brows.

It’s a well known fact that I’m a low maintenance brow gal. Unapologetically so. I have no desire to invest 5-10 minutes drawing, filling in and sculpting my brows. I like them naturally crazy and bushy. BUT – let’s not pretend that great brows can transform a look. I need to find products that will help my brows look more polished while making sure they don’t look too drawn-on and stenciled.

Teach at least 3 beauty classes for pre-teens and teens.

…and not a “This is how you put on makeup class.” but I want to share with them the importance of taking care of their skin and how they really DON’T need makeup. And if they do want to wear makeup, I’ll suggest age-appropriate products and shades. I didn’t teach any beauty classes last year but did so quite frequently in 2011. Plus, I loooove community outreach.

Read more international beauty blogs and websites.

Beauty is universal and as an editor, I want to stay up on the latest and greatest worldwide. I read a few beauty blogs outside of the U.S., but I want to read and connect with more bloggers. And then I want to feature them on Clumps and be featured on their sites. It’s like beauty penpal-ing!

 

I could add a dozen more to the list but I do so much better with small monthly and quarterly goals, ya know? Do you have any beauty resolutions for the New Year? Buy more? Buy less? Tell meeeee! Oh, and in the meantime, check out the beauty resolutions of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters…