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…

Gettin’ down with Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette.

So ever since I did my post on Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette, y’all screamed at me at how much of a loser I was for having not tried the other Naked palettes. And yeah, I kinda agree. What kind of blogger am I? :cry: You all deserve so much more and I just…I’ve failed.

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Yep, my dramaticals are all up in through 2013. Aren’t you excited about it? Ha! But seriously – I’m glad to finally be on the Naked palettes train. Naked 2 is absolutely fantastic and I should have been onboard mooons and moons ago.

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Details about this palette –

Cost: $50
Availability: Currently available.
Where to Buy: Sephora.com, UrbanDecay.com, Ulta.com, Sephora and Ulta stores nationwide.
Palette contains: 12 eye shadows, Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush & 0.11 oz Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked.

And now let’s get some close-up’s and swatches of these shadows.

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(L-R)
Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

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(L-R)
Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

The palette has a nice range of glittery shades, mattes and shimmers. I would have loved to see more mattes but then again, that’s why I am so head over heels in love with Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette. It complements Naked 2 beautifully. If you’re familiar with UD’s shadows, then these won’t disappoint as I found them all to apply with ease with little to no fall-out. But come on…would you expect anything less from this brand? Also with the palette comes a nice and useful dual-ended shadow/crease brush.

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Urban Decay’s brushes are always phenomenal and you may expect this one to be of lesser quality since it’s coming in a palette but no, it’s pretty stellar. And then there’s the mini Lip Junkie.

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It’s a nice sized gloss – perfect for throwing in your purse. It doesn’t carry much pigmentation although it does have a enough sheen to satisfy my obsession of super glossy lippies. And I’m still playing around with looks but I love love loooove how Snakebite looks on the lid.

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So yeah, I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to the Naked 2 palette. I totally get the hype and I’m so glad that I am finally on board. This is the perfect palette to create daytime looks and that Blackout will be dynamic at creating day-to-night looks. I adore colorful eyeshadow, but I like neutrals more so um, yeah…Naked 2 is ruling my life right now.

 

Any Urban Decay Naked lovers in the house? Which one do you like best? The original Naked, Naked 2 or Naked Basics?

Going to IMATS LA? Stop by the BFTE booth!

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If IMATS LA wasn’t a good week before my due date with Bean, I would have so made plans to go. The International Makeup-Artist Trade Show is THEE show of all beauty shows and the brand BFTE Cosmetics will be in the building. I’ve hung out with Crystal of BFTE and aside from being one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met, she puts her name behind an amazing brand of products. If you’re going to attend IMATS LA, be sure to stroll by the BFTE booth. My girl Phyrra will be there too.

Where
Booth #805

City
Los Angeles, California

When
January 19-20, 2013

Mascara Monday: Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool

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Okay, darlings…I don’t mean to deceive you but today’s Mascara Monday isn’t actually a mascara. But it IS a tool intended for the lashes. And since Mascara Mondays are typically always geared around “tools for the lashes”, I figured featuring this baby would be the perfect idea. Plus, believe it or not, even I need a break from reviewing mascaras every now and then. Yeah, I never thought I’d say it but shoot, y’all…reviewing mascaras is such a hard freaking job. *flips hair* Do you hear the violins yet? Teheheeee!

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool 2

Price: $22 at Sephora or Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand):N/A
Overall: 3

What It Claims: “This innovative lash tool lets you become your own lash expert. The triple tip delivers ultra-black liner between lashes to fill spaces between lashes so that the lash line appears thicker, instantly. Fine points make it easy to define along the root of the lash line, for a more dramatic lash look. Three felt tips strategically line eyes with a more steady, smooth line, and all lines use a rich triple black coating to give a full, more even application. It’s great for creating the perfect cat eye.” (source)

The Truth: While it has a bit of a learning curve, this is undoubtly one of the coolest eye products I’ve come across in quite some time.

What I Loved About It: It really does give the appearance of thicker lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not Too Faced’s fault but man, if you don’t have a steady hand, you may struggle with this one.

Overall: This will be a different mascara review because well, it’s not really a mascara. Obviously though, right? Technically this is an eyeliner but I wanted to feature it on Mascara Monday because it also works beautifully at making the lashes look thicker. Which, of course, is such a desirable option for us guys and gals with funky lashes.

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First, let’s talk about the 3 ways that you can use this tool.

Step 1:

Lash Emphasizing Dots: The 3 dots located on the tool are helpful in giving the appearance of thicker lashes. I had a hard time doing this. And even when I did, I didn’t notice much of a difference in the fullness of my lashes.

Step 2:

Tight lining- I had no idea what tight lining was before I began blogging. Apparently makeup artists use this method a lot to make the eyes look darker and more sultry. I actually like the way my eyes look when they are tight lined but getting the liner on my bottom of my upper lid AND then removing it so far too much work for my sensitive eyes.

Step 3:

Eyelining – But of course. If you struggle with applying eyeliner on the lower lashline, this tool is awesome because the dots are a great guide to help you get a straight line.

I should note that while I found the tool effective at all 3 functions, they ALL take quite some time to achieve if you’re a newb like me. I’ve always struggled with lining on or near my eyes. My hands are shaky and I just have a hard time making precise movements. So, yes there is a quite a learning curve but the results are worth it if you can push through.

 

Bare Lashes

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Lashes after tight lining

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The eye on the left has been tight lined but I don’t notice much of a difference. Do you?

 

Eyeliner on lower lashline

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Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a new versatile tool, I think it’s worth a try. I didn’t notice too much of a difference in my lashes after tight lining and using the 3 dots but I think a lot of that can be attributed to my sensitive eyes. It works beautifully as a regular liquid eyeliner though.

 

Whatcha think? Is this a tool that you’d use for your lashes and eyes?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 73

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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!

Vampy Varnish – Is in love with the new Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm! Check out why!

we heart this – the beauty cruise director, Stef, choose the top 12 beauty products of 2012 that most floated her boat.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get the scoop on the latest from Urban Decay…check out the review & swatches for the new NAKED Nail Kit!

Clumps of Mascara – actually gave a mascara a 5 out of 5. This hardly ever happens! Check out which mascara made her go gaga.

EauMG – Do you have any perfume New Year’s Resolutions?

Lipglossiping – hides all the Christmas chocolates and resolves to jump back on the weight-watching wagon, anyone else being the ultimate New Year cliche?

Gouldylox Reviews – Ever want your own before and after experience? Join the beauty bootcamp and make it happen in 2013.

Nouveau Cheap – For my birthday, I told myself that I was going to treat myself to some fun bath products and not even think about testing or reviewing them. But man, these body washes are so delightful that I just couldn’t stop myself from reviewing them afterall.

Pink Sith – is giving away an Argan Oil Infused Hair Care Set from DermOrganics. Enter today!

Prime Beauty – is having fun creating a plethora of nail looks with Le Metier de Beaute’s Holiday Nail Lacquers. The Deck the Nails duo are shimmering overlays and Bright as Night are deep jewel tones including the new Pantone color for 2013-Emerald! See what combinations she created!

Phyrra – shares her first impressions of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – I chose Chalkboard Nails and her amazing black spotted and neon abstract nails as my guest post this week because I think she’s amazingly talented, and this is a super cool look!

Question of the Week:

What’s your least expensive yet most effective beauty tip/product?

B says, “You don’t need to spend a ton of money on makeup brushes. Brands like EcoTools and Real Techniques have amaziiiiing brushes for both beauty beginners and professionals. And they are super affordable too!”

What about you? Got any tips to share?

 

Coming soon – awesome beauty goodies from CVS Beauty!

Ohmigoodness gals (and the 3 guys that read Clumps)! I am beyoooond excited about the cool things coming soon to CVS Beauty aisles. 2013 is going to bring so many awesome beauty products and CVS Beauty gave me a sneak peek of that with this box…

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Brace yourself for this, y’all. Many of these products won’t hit drugstore shelves until early 2013. But hey, if you’ve managed to already catch ‘em at your stores, then you are one lucky ducky.

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Looks like L’Oreal will be giving us a new mascara. You know I can’t wait to test that baby out.

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I’m not familiar with this brand or Hair Chalk in general, but it sounds interesting…

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COVERGIRL has their version of jumbo lightweight lip pencils. Weeeee!

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In the skincare department, Neutrogena Naturals has a new scrub specifically for acne and the awesomeness is that is Salma Hayek has a new hand cream.

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I think I’ve tried Organix once or twice and even though I’m a hair product snob, I think these products may actually work for my hair type. Plus, they’re sulfate-free!

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Revlon has pretty new pigmented lip balms.

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And speaking of lip balms, I have been looooving Maybelline’s Color Whisper lipsticks.

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Pretty, right? They are most like Revlon’s Lip Butters. And speaking of Maybelline, they have a new mascara…

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Of course I’ll be reviewing that baby soon.

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We’re going to see some goodies in the nail world…

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…we’re going to see more in the anti-aging skincare department.

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…as well as more BB creams.

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And Olay has a cool “Powered Contour Cleansing System”.

So yeah. That’s just a liiiiiittle peek at what we can expect to see from some of our favorite drugstore brands. I am always super excited when it comes to the new year because I know brands are really going to try and WOW us. Stay tuned for reviews of some of these goodies.

 

Have you seen any of these products in stores yet? What are you most looking forward to?

 

Baby Clumps has a cosmetics case!

Yes y’all. My child already has a cosmetic bag. And don’t go judging me. It’s not like I  will have her wearing lipgloss just yet. In fact, I’m  pretty old fashioned so even though her mommy is big into cosmetics, Baby Clumps probably won’t be allowed to wear anything until she’s in middle school. Maybe high school.

Except a lil’ nail polish here or there. :cool:

I’m in the process of packing my labor bag and Bean’s birthing center bag and just wanted to show off a bit of the goodies in her bag.

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As much as I don’t like the color, I’ve learned that I just can’t avoid pink when it comes to baby girl stuff. I’m dealing with it though because everything is so much cuter when it’s itty bitty. Since I’ll be giving birth at a birthing center, we have to bring all of the comforts of home. For baby skincare products, I’m obsessed with Shea Moisture Baby and Earth Mama Angel Baby. These will likely be the first two items that hit Bean’s skin shortly after her birth.

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Her little comb and brush…

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…although she may be a baldy. Which is adorable. And I’m not sure how soon I can go around brushing her tender scalp so we may not even use these.

Her nail clippers and filer…

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Because I hear that some newborns have super long nails. I don’t want Bean to accidentally scratching herself so we’re going to make sure those nails are cut low.

And that’s it! I’ll show off her coming home outfit soon. It’s getting soooo close, y’all. Eeeek!

Newest Stuff from LUSH

It’s been a quick minute since I’ve dabbled in some LUSH stuff so why not start the year off featuring one of my favorite brands? This go ’round I am highlighting some of their super cool Emotional Brilliance cosmetics, a chunk of smell-good soap and one of their new lip scrubs.

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Let’s start with the soap first. His name is Mr. Punch…

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A cute little sucker, isn’t he? Let’s run the stats on him…

Price:$6.95 for 3.5 oz
Availability: In LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: When you turn it upside-down, this soap looks like a delicious bowl of punch with fruit floating in it. We were inspired to make a fruity, tropical, boozy punch scent for this soap, and we did so with juniper berry oil, blackcurrant absolute, lime oil and a splash of gin. That’ll cheer you up on dark winter mornings! (source)

Now we all know that I’m not a fan of super fragrant soaps and I was so glad to know that this one is subtle. It’s got a nice and fruity smell but is indeed quite reminiscent of punch. I can smell every bit of the lime and blackcurrant. The smell dissipates quickly after lathering up but it’s just so adorable to look at. I’ve got it in my guest bathroom just because it’s THAT cute and I love how it seems to double as an air freshener.

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Next up is the yummy Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Price: $8.95 for 0.8 oz
Availability: LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: Mmm! A simply scrumptious sugar and salt lip scrub for the holidays. We haven’t been able to keep our hands off this one. Lips can get particularly dry and flakey in winter weather, so it’s especially important to exfoliate. Use this one and keep your lips sweet, smooth and tasty all season long. The sweet and slightly salty popcorn flavor will make you want to lick this scrub right off your lips; but that’s okay, we do it too! (source)

I’ve featured LUSH’s lip scrubs before (here and here) but I so didn’t know that they had a popcorn version of this awesome scrub. And seriously, y’all…it really does taste like popcorn. Like all of LUSH’s lip scrubs, this one is total edible. It’s salty and feels so divine on the lips. Honestly, I could stash a ton of these and still never get enough. I think this is limited edition so better snag it before they run out!

And then there are LUSH’s new kids on the block, their Emotional Brillance Liquid Lipsticks…

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Price: $18.95/ea
Availability: LUSH stores and online.
What LUSH says: Grab some Glamorous or prepare for a Passionate smooch with LUSH’s patent pending liquid lip formula. Super softening Ultrabalm is the base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. Lips will be brilliantly coloured and left soft, smooth and deeply moisturized. (per press release)

These are interesting. For one, while the packaging is unique and flows with the LUSH concept, I’m not sure how practical they are as the applicator only allows you to go straight down in the bottle.

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Consistency-wise, they were a bit on the grainy side, have nice pigmentation and provide more moisture than the average lip product. Your best bet is to exfoliate those lippies before use though, because these tend to amplify cracks, splits and lines in lips. Each shade is actually an “emotion”.

Glamorous is a bubblegum pink.

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Strong is a blood orange.

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Confident is a deep plum.

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These wear well and I found Confident to be the most suitable for me.

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So I don’t know – I’m still on the fence about thgese. I think they are darling but a bit overpriced. They are  fun and LUSH has a ton of shades that I think will suit both tame color lovers and the adventurous alike.

 

Whatcha think? Have you tried any of the Emotional Brillance cosmetics? And how awesome is that edible popcorn scrub?