My newest obsession: Josie Maran Argan products

It takes a lot for a skincare brand to woo me. I am so beyond picky that it’s not even funny. I’m serious. Between all of my chronic conditions and issues (you know, like not being able to handle strong fragrances), I’m like the worst person in the world to please when it comes to skincare. But Josie Maran? ZOMG!

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First of all, why haven’t I heard of this brand? It has been sold at Sephora forever and a day and yet I’ve never made attempts to dabble into. This is more of a introduction to the brand. I’ll be back with formal reviews. I’m just so overwhelmingly excited to have come across Josie that I just, I just…I could seriously name my first child Josie.

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Okay, I’m kidding. Not really though because Josie is actually an adorable name. So anyway, a while back Sephora was selling a Josie Maran Moroccan Bazaar Argan Skin & Hair Bestsellers kit. It’s not at Sephora anymore, but you can get it from Amazon through Josie Maran. Quick tidbits about the brand:

-Cruelty-free
-Paraben-free
-Free of synthetic dyes
-Quality packaging…most are housed in glass bottles
-Higher-end brand with a conscience

Let’s just do a quick run through of what came inside…

Whipped Argan Oil in Vanilla Apricot

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Sweet, decadent, gently fragranced and moisturizing. This stuff is such a pleasure to use.

100% Pure Argan Oil

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The star of the show. I’ve been known to use this oil everywhere; for face, body, hair and nails. It’s such a great oil because it isn’t super greasy but still settles into the skin nicely.

Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer SPF 40

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It’s my current moisturizer and it’s wonderful. It doesn’t leave a white cast over my skin and doesn’t feel heavy either.

Argan Oil Hair Serum

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I can’t believe I actually fell for this. I choose my hair products wisely and would have never looked at this (because I would assume that it wasn’t made for my hair type) but this serum has all natural fragrances and sinks into my locs nicely.

Argan Cleansing Oil

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Haven’t actually given this a spin yet so only time will tell how great it is. I’ve got high hopes!

Argan Balm

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A fragrance-free and solid version of the oil. What’s to hate about this. It feels just as great as the oil and I’ve been loving it on my lips.

The dream team…

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You can get this set here for $69.99 but stay tuned, I’ll be back with a closer look of some of these products. All I know is Josie Maran = LOVE. I have seen the light, y’all.

Amor de Lacquer: Diosa nail polishes

A few months ago, I was asked to be a be a featured Diosa. What’s a Diosa? She’s a woman in her 20’s or 30’s who inspires her peers and the girls in their lives who are in need of positive role models. The vision comes from Diana, a New York City native who wanted to create a brand of nail polishes that could also tell a story. You can learn more about Diana here. She’s pretty awesome. I wanted to show off some of the pretty Diosa polishes. If you love supporting indie nail polish brands, I think you’ll love this one.

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See what I mean?

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Puff Pastry is a super sheer jelly that would probably work best on an American manicure. I like it by itself though. Because it’s so sheer, it’ll take a good 3 coats to achieve some kind of opaque finish.

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Dawn Over Provence is a pale lavender. It’s got a dusty finish and while it looks great on solo, it’ll really shine with some kind of sparkle or glitter on top.

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Dime Piece is a grey. Can’t go wrong with grey nail polishes!

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Bali Blaze is a super bright red that leans more on the orange side. It’s goooorgeous.

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Somethin’ Extra is a holographic glitter. It’s a stunner!

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Fuchsia Plans photographs funky but this is a gorgeous fuchsia. It dries down to a semi-matte finish. Of course a top coat will make it glossy but I actually really like the semi-matte finish.

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I Sea You is a bright blue that reminds me a lot of Nubar’s Blueberry nail polish. Which happens to be my favorite blue nail polish evahhhh! I Sea You is a close second. And as beautiful as it is, I love that it doesn’t stain the nails. Woot!

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Purple Reign is a dark purple polish that actually LOOKS purple on the nails instead of black. I love when this happens!

Diosa nail polishes apply beautifully. Some of the shades were a bit on the watery side (namely Puff Pastry and Dime Piece) so thin and even coats are the best way to apply these polishes. I’m lovin’ these inaugural shades. Diosa nails officially launched in July 2012 and I think this is a great intro to the nail polish world. You can buy these babies for $8 online.

Oh! And check out my Diosa feature here.

Merry Christmas 2012!

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Season’s Greetings and a very Merry Christmas to my Clumps of Mascara family.

I was a bit down most of this holiday season (preggo hormones, I tell ya) but with Mama Clumps coming over and putting up that darling 2-foot Christmas tree, Esposo whipping up his world famous macaroni and cheese and recognizing that in a month’s time we will have started a new year, I would have turned a new age and I will be thisclose to bringing my first child in the world, well…do I really have anything to be down about? Nope. I am swimming in a pool of blessings.

And I hope you realize that too. We live in a world of wants but I think sheer happiness lives in YOUR world of haves.

Love y’all mucho.

Mascara Monday: Laura Mercier Faux Lashes mascara

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Man oh man…there are only a few people I need to meet in this world. Queen Latifah and RuPaul top the list but beyond them, I’d love to meet a few great makeup artists. Add Laura Mercier to that list. I love everything about the brand. But then, I would right? It was Laura Mercier’s foundation that brought me out of my “I hate foundation” funk. I guess what I REALLY appreciate about the brand is how they understand that foundations don’t have to come in just 5 shades. Oh. And their mascaras are pretty darn good too.

Price: $24 at Sephora or Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand):
3
Overall:
4

What It Claims: “A luxurious, long-wearing mascara created specifically to give eyes the look of false lashes. Formulated with a blend of waxes, not fibers, it delivers an even, glossy finish with buildable volume that lasts for up to 10 hours. This formula is non-drying, non-irritating, fragrance-, transfer- and smudge-free” (source)

The Truth: Wow! This mascara has a nice and rich formula.

What I Loved About It: It really darkened my lashes with only 2 coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit on the large side.

Overall: Faux lashes, uh? Welp. I am of the belief that NO mascara can give you the illusion of false lashes. Unless of course you already have insanely long and thick lashes to begin with. But for the rest of us people with smaller or shorter lashes, finding a mascara that can really volumize AND lengthen to the point that our lashes actually look “faux” is virtually impossible. At least for me. But then again, I tend to take these mascara claims pretty darn literal which makes either makes me seriously naive or a crazed mascara reviewer. And I’ll take that latter. :cool:

Anywho, at first glance, this mascara’s wand scared me a bit. I don’t know why I freak out over these larger wands. I should be used to it, right? The good news is, while the wand is on the larger side, the bristles are stiff and spread out enough to really help you sweep through the lashes.

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I am always more forgiving of a mascara’s huge wand when the bristles are close to perfection. And that was the case with this kid. So yeah, even if you’ve got smaller lashes, this and will still be able to help you sweep through your lashes with ease.

Formula-wise, this mascara has a nice one. The opening of the tube is a bit on the large side so you may have to endure wiping off extra mascara.

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I always hate doing this but it seems to be trend with mascaras with larger wands. I’ve learned to stop complaining about it and just rollllll ‘wit it. Application is easy and I found it to be decent volumizing mascara. I didn’t get much length but I was blown away by the mascara’s richness. More than anything, my lashes just appeared darker and more lush. And that was with just one coat. In fact, I didn’t even feel the need to add more than 2 coats of this mascara because I was just so satisfied with what I saw. The 2 coats I applied didn’t clump and the formula felt lightweight. If you’re a fan of having wispy lashes over hard lashes, you’ll love this mascara. However, the problem with mascaras that don’t harden up is that they tend to dissipate after awhile. Not the case with this baby. Hours later, my mascara’d lashes held up pretty well with no flaking. Win! Can I attest to the glossy like finish? Not so much but that’s okay because glossy lashes freak me out a bit. I am definitely a lover of matte lashes. But overall, it’s a darn good mascara.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! If larger wands don’t scare you, this mascara will certainly yield beautiful results.

Anyone else obsessed with Laura Mercier cosmetics the way I am?

It Smells Like…The Holidays!

Seriously B? You’re doing a post on a room air freshener on your beauty blog?

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Yes, I am! And you better not be judging me for it either. :cool: Okay, fine…judge me but if I could somehow emit this scent as you read these words, you’d understand WHY I’m writing about this Febreze Noticeables. First of all, it smells freaking phenomenal. But yeah, that’s a given. It is also getting me a bit more in the holiday spirit. And with  a few days left before Christmas gets here, I kinda need that.

You see, I don’t even have a Christmas tree set up. No decorations. Nothing. And this is sooooo not like me. Baby Clumps’ impending birth + chronic fatigue has me out of the holiday spirit so far the fragrance from this little decorative fragrance wall plug has been one of the only things to get me to feel…jolly.

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And this means a lot because I am totally one of those people who like to go all out for the holidays. But whatever, if the most I can get this year is pleasant vibes from this Cranberry & Frost scent, then I’ll take it. Proctor & Gamble gifted me with this sample and I just felt so inclined to share my love for these things. I can’t wait until they go on sale so I can scoop up more. I mean, they last forever so it’ll be well into February before we need to re-up from this one.

Cost: $5.99 or less
Where to buy ‘em from: Any drugstore, Target, Walmart, select grocery stores

‘Excuse me while I go back in the living room and catch a whiff. Don’t worry. I’m not doing any hardcore sniffin’ of it. :wink:

Elessa Jade’s Cupcake Approved Makeup Brushes!

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My girl Elessa Jade of Pursebuzz is such a show stopper. She is seriously one of the hardest working women I know. Not only does she have a hugely successful YouTube channel, but she is also a makeup artist, travels around the world to speak at events and she has also developed her own brand of makeup goodies, jewelry and accessories. She is one ball of sparkly awesomeness and I am so glad to have crossed paths with her so many times.

We both sat on the same panel for the inaugural The Makeup Show Orlando and right after we finished, I ran straight to her booth where these gorgeous brushes greeted me…

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Okay, okay…pick your mouth up off the floor. These cruelty-free brushes are just perfect for makeup newbies and professionals alike. And they not only feel insanely soft but look…

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Do you see that cupcake? ZOMGGGG! Adorbs, right? Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from Elessa.

12 Piece Sweet Temptations Professional Brush Set has enough brushes to crank out an entire look and then some. See look…

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The brushes are super soft, cruelty-free and I love everything about how they feel in the hands. I’m so proud of Elessa Jade for launching such a quality and affordable set of brushes. They were insanely popular at The Makeup Show Orlando and it looks like they are still doing fantastic but they are currently sold out online. I know…I hate featuring products that you can’t get right away but I wanted to put these on your radar when they do come back in stock. Because sure enough, I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly again. The entire set goes for $69.99 but you can also buy some of the brushes individually.

And don’t even get me started on some of the other awesome jewelry pieces. I ended up buying THREE at the show. Check out her store and if you make a purchase, tell her B sent you.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 71

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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!

Prime Beauty – Prime Beauty wants you to look your gorgeous best at those festive holiday parties so she’s sharing her 4 Easy Steps for long, full, flirty lashes!

Phyrra – shares the makeup artist’s best kept secret, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturizer. Find out why it’s a cult favorite!

Vampy Varnish – The prettiest packaging this holiday season goes to…MAC Making Pretty

we heart this – finds out that the fabulous Anastasia Want you to Want me palette won’t leave you looking like a cheap trick!

Beauty Junkies Unite – I know you’re busy prepping for Christmas, but I hope you’ll stop by and take a sec to enter our fantastic bareMinerals 4th Day of Christmas Giveaway! Four winners will receive a ‘Simply Irresistible’ Collection! (ends 12/27)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with these super glossy lipglosses from Tarte. And beauty lovers could never have too many glosses, right?

EauMG – Victoria reviews a vintage inspired perfume that reminds of her of 3 generations of women and love.

Lipglossiping – offers you the chance to win a set of limited edition crystallised Face Lace eye laces. Step into 2013 with some serious sparkle!

Gouldylox Reviews – I’m testing foundations! Check out this before and after (and inbetween) from Cover FX!

Nouveau Cheap – Does the newest foundation and powder line from Revlon, Nearly Naked, really leave you with nearly naked skin? Check out these before and after pics.

Pink Sith – Thinks that her December ipsy bag is just fab! See what she received and if she will keep her subscription!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – You’ve got to check out The Beauty Girl. This girl has worked inside the beauty industry, a la The Devil Wears Prada! She delivers the scoop with a hip entertaining voice. From hot products, tips and trends to great giveaways and celeb beauty secrets, The Beauty Girl brings it because “Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Bitch.”

Question of the Week:

Do you have beauty products that you reserve
“for holidays only”? If so, what are they?

B says, “I really only wear super red sparkly nail polish during the holidays.”

What about you? See you next week!