Baby Clumps: 34 Weeks

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Yep. I’m still pregnant. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and yet people keep telling me I still have such a looooong way to go. Which just annoys me. Basically I’m cranky pretty much ALL the time.

But I try not to look it. In fact, I try to leave the house looking as fly and gorgeous as I can. Just because I feel like crap doesn’t mean I should look like it, darling. Mama Clumps taught me this and it’s a rule that I think everyone should follow. Unless you’ve got a migraine. It’s okay to look like hell if you have a migraine. Yep.

Here’s what Bean is up to,

“Your amazing baby is on the move! Until now, your wee womb-squatter’s been living fairly high up in your poor stretched-out womb – blithely compressing your poor lungs and internal organs. This week your baby’s going to pack their tiny bags and make the epic shifting move to your pelvis – commonly referred to as the time when baby “drops”. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift indicating your baby is most likely out of breech position with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In developing internal-organ news: although not quite fully formed, your little poop-factory’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste.” (source)

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I’m pretty sure she has dropped. I can’t tell by looking at my belly but I am peeing a lot more and I just feel “heavy” down there. Fatigue is constant yet my workload continues to pile up so I can’t get much sleep. I’ve become incredibly lazy after work and have a hard time doing chores. I’ve had a few bouts of sadness and yeah, I’m putting it out there because pregnancy isn’t all sprinkles and longer hair and nails. I’m not even in the Christmas spirit (soooo unlike me) mainly because I’m too tired and lazy to decorate. Esposo’s work schedule has been crazy so we’re both always coming and going.

I’ve finally realized that I kinda sorta look pregnant (took long enough) and can’t do everything but then I feel bad when I can’t. Ah well.

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Health-wise, my blood pressure is down! Woo hoooo. I’m still drinking my 90oz of water. I’m not eating super healthy but whatev. My fitness is practically non-existent because walking for too long hurts. I suppose I could be doing some prenatal yoga and stretching though. I had all of these plans for what I wanted to do while pregnant and at this point, just getting up and going to work each day seems like a challenge so I’m doing the best that I can.

The nursery/beauty room is still a hot mess…

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And I’m all like…

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…because I literally have no idea where to start. And you know it’s sad when your own mom has to send you a To Do List of things to do before baby arrives. I know. I’m a mess. A stressed mess in a dress. Eeek!

 

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs

Symptoms: Morning sickness, fatigue, irritability, stuffy nose, nightly leg cramps, insomnia, back pain.

Bean’s Activity: She’s crazy active. Some days she moves for hourssssss at a time.

Food Cravings: None. But don’t ask me to go to the grocery store. I’ll only come back with cookies, candy and ice cream. :cool:

Last Day of Work: Don’t have one. I plan to work up until I go into labor. Crazy but hey, maternity leave in the U.S. sucks. Gotta get what you can while you can.

Christmas shopping?: I haven’t done any. None. At all. Like…none.

Baby Name?: Yep! Bean officially has a first and middle name. It won’t be revealed until after she’s born though. Only close friends and family members know.

 

Is it crazy that I don’t have much done and this baby could arrive in the next month? Got any tips for me? Oh…and as far as that cloth diapering thing – yeah, no. I’m going to go with disposables for now. Maybe I’ll do some part-time cloth diapering but as a working mom, I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle that.

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Beautiful Red Lips from the Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse collection

Have y’all seen Laura Mercer’s Art Deco collection? O.M.GGahhhhh. I’m not even exaggerating when I say this one spectacular makeup collection. And this is coming from a gal who doesn’t get excited about many collections. I know, I know. That’s a horrible thing for a beauty editor to say but a brand has to really impress me for me to get all giddy over a collection. I’m just sayin’. But let’s face it…I’m halfway there when a beautiful red lippie is the mix.

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Giiiiirl. I know, right? I KNOW! Lemme tell you something, if you have an affinity, obsession or even slight liking to red lippies, you’ll never stop getting excited over them. I mean, never. Trust me. I’ve tried. This is one of the 2 lippies that debuted in the Laura Mercier Art Deco collection and I’m running circles around them both. Say hello to the Lip Lacquer in Lacquer Rouge ($24).

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Laura Mercier’s version of lipgloss is like an experience. I have never used such a pigmented and moisturizing gloss EVER. And it lasts for hours on end between eating and drinking. Very impressive! I find it works beautifully with my warm complexion. This is the kind of red lipgloss that I live for.

And then there’s the other red lippie in the collection, Deco Rouge.

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It has more orange in it and I always feel like orange-based red lipsticks aren’t the best for me, but somehow Deco Rouge ($26) works. Plus, I never mind warming up orange-based red lippies with a plum or wine lipliner. But I think I can actually rock Deco Rouge solo, yo.

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Both red lippies from this collection are phenomenal. In fact, the entire collection is. Laura Mercier wins.

That is all.

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Pretty Polishes: nails inc. The After Party trio

Soooo, once again I suck. I’ve been eyeing the brand Nails Inc. for many moons now and this my first time actually featuring some of their products on Clumps of Mascara. See how much I suck? Yeah. Badly. But hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see how awesome this After Party collection is.

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See what I mean? Look at all of that glittery, shimmery and holographic wonderness.

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I just sneezed glitter. I mean yasssss. This is what I’m talking about. And this little trio is only $25 which ain’t shabby for 3 gorgeous nail polishes. Let’s get a closer look at them, shall we?

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Disco Lane is a black holographic shimmer and I can’t say much else because the description is right on. I love everything about this polish. I applied 3 coats of it to the nails and it looks a bit gritty solo but it shines beautifully with a top coat. I didn’t apply one here as I wanted to show the polish in its true form. I don’t have many black holographic polishes and it’s rare to find them THIS holographic-y. So yeah. I love Disco Lane. I love discos too. They should really bring ‘em back.

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Soho Street is a chunky rainbow glitter and it’s not terribly unique as it looks like many glitter polishes on the market now. The good thing about this one though? It works beautifully for layering and it reaches an opaque finish at 3 coats. Not too shabby, uh?

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Covent Garden Market is a red full coverage glitter and I fell in love with it at first glance. But applying this baby wasn’t easy. You can get away with 2 coats but I pushed it to 3 and when I did that, it started to drag on me a bit. But at the same time I felt like 2 coats weren’t enough. I’ve gotta tweak this one a bit because it’s such a beautiful red. I’ve GOT to make it work.

What a beautiful trio. And yeah. Only $25. You can grab it Sephora and Sephora.com. It’ll make the perfeeeect stocking stuffer for your favorite nail polish lovin’ lady or lad.

 

 

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Preggo Products: Clarins Beauty Beginnings Pregnancy Kit

Ooooh, the joys of pregnancy. You know, the one or two. I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy (compared to what most women go through) but after 8.5 months of carrying Bean, I’m just anxious and ready to see her little face. I’m all achey and bloat-y, sleepy and everything in between. But life must move on and I love how beauty brands are showing mommies love. Check out this Beautiful Beginnings Pregnancy Kit from Clarins.

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My friends that are already mommies tell me I’m crazy but I intend to continue to pamper myself throughout motherhood. I know life is gonna be crazy with a newborn but does that mean I’m going to let my skin, hair and nails go to hell? Um no. I’ve been makin’ it my business to pamper myself throughout this pregnancy and this kit has been niiiiice. You unzip the cute lil’ tote and the first thing you’ll see is a Preggo Chick book.

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This was totally up my alley and all beauty lovin’ mamas would love the little tips and tricks this booklet provides. I read it in one sitting. Which is easy to do because it isn’t THAT long. My skin has been going through crazy changes and the guide gave some insight as to what’s going on and how to help. There were also some helpful breathing techniques and exercise suggestions. Good stuff. As far the products inside…

There’s the Huile Tonic Body Oil Treatment (3.4 oz)

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I adore how this smells. It smells like a bunch of woodsy essential oils (rosewood and rosemary. Mmmm….) and it’s definitely up my alley. You know, since I’m all sensitive to fragrances and all. It contains plant extracts and regular use of it is supposed to help the skin’s firmness. And it isn’t super oily which is also a good thing.

Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin (1oz)

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If you’ve met one body scrub, you’ve met them all. This one has a nice consistency and the floral scent seems to dissipate after use.

Stretch Mark Control (1oz)

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I still don’t think you can fight stretch marks (I believe they are genetic) but I’m a sucker and don’t mind using products that say that’ll help them fade or diminish over time. This fragrance-free moisturizer isn’t greasy and moisturizes nicely.

Beauty Flash Balm (0.5oz)

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This was the one product where I found the scent to be a tad bit overpowering. The balm is super powder-y and floral but it feels niiiice on the skin. It seems to be just as hydrating as the Stretch Mark Control cream. This facial balm is supposed to help brighten and tighten over time.

Also in the tote is a soft baby blanket.

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Such a nice little kit, uh? As a first time pregnant gal, I’m lovin’ it. Sure I likely won’t use all of the products but the trial sizes are nice sized enough to make me happy. The Tonic Body Oil Treatment is the true star here. It normally retails for $54 so the $60 price tag on this kit seems about right. Especially for a higher-end skincare brand like Clarins.

If you know a pregnant beauty gal, consider scooping this up for her. You can get it from Clarins counters and at ClarinsUSA.com.

 

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Tarte’s Girl Meets Gloss Collector’s Set

Welp. Tarte does it again. Like they alwaysssss do it. They always know how to make me swoon. Look at these glosses…

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Don’t they look all juicy-fied? I’m hoping they aren’t a holiday-exclusive thing because honestly, I’m going to need to have access to these year-round. All 5 shades are perfect for all complexions. They are sheer enough to wear solo but you can also layer them for some extra moisturization and shine to your lippies.

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One day moisturization will be a word but until then I’m going to keep rockin’ it regularly. M’kay? :cool:

Like all Tarte products, these are preservative-free so they are free from sulfates, phthalates and parabens so if you’ve got crazy sensitive skin issues, these should be okay. Tarte has been on this maracuja oil kick (not that I’m complaining) so the glosses all have a dose of the magical oil in them. Tarte also says that the inclusion of the oil is supposed to help plump the lips but honestly…my lippies are already pretty grande so it’s hard to tell. Ha!

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The family….

Curious is a sheer petal

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Bubbly is a sheer rose.

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Chic is a watermelon berry

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Preppy is a bubble-gum pink

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Sparks is a cotton candy

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Cost: The set goes for $35

Where To Get It From: Sephora and Sephora.com

Get yo gloss on, girl.

 

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Mascara Monday: Pixi Large Lash mascara

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Yay for me reviewing Pixi for the very first time ever on Clumps of Mascara. I’ve seen this brand several times in Target stores and while I’ve always bee captivated by their pretty packaging, I never really gave the products much of a chance because they were a bit of on the expensive side. Even for a budget-friendly place like Target. But alas, here we are with Pixi Beauty!

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Price: $18 at Target stores and at Target.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Specialized, buildable formula along with oversized brush delivers extreme volume & intense colour in one sweep. Separates, lengthens, and plumps each lash for a false lash look without clumping. Smudge-proof. Water-resistant.” (source)

The Truth: I wouldn’t call it Large Lash mascara.

What I Loved About It: It’s a very natural mascara. Meaning if you prefer wispy and not so dramatic lashes, it’s a great steal.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me enough volume.

Overall: From packaging and what little research I’ve done, I like the Pixi brand. I do, however, think their prices are just a tad bit steep for the Target market and I would love to see more versatility in their foundations as they only seem to carry 3 shades. But, the brand fits the au naturale market and I ain’t mad at that. Most, if not all, of their products are cruelty-free and paraben-free and so I know that’s a big perk among many consumers. Large Lash mascara is their most recent mascara and it totes some pretty hefty claims. And a hefty wand too.

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If you know me, you already know how I feel about this wand. But I had a feeling it would be this large. After all, the tube is big AND the name of the mascara was a bit of a giveaway. I’m not a fan of the big fluffy wands unless the formula of the mascara is on the thicker side. Mascaras with thick formulas can handle these bad boys. Mascaras that aren’t as thick generally don’t help the mascara. And that was the case with this baby.

The formula was just so so. It wasn’t thick and it wasn’t thin but it wasn’t thick enough to really sit on that mascara wand. Because of that, I was unable to pick up enough of the mascara. And what I did pick up really didn’t provide much to my already short and stubby lashes. This mascara would likely be a better fit for someone who already has long lashes and just wants a tiny bit of poof to ‘em. But for ladies and gents like me who love those drag queen lashes? Yeah no. It just doesn’t make the cut.

I would have loved to see more length as well. It gave me just a little but I expected more after 3 coats. More than anything, I just saw more defined lashes which is great but it was just a subtle definition. But on a good note, despite how lightweight the mascara is, at least it held around for more than a few hours. I always feel like lightweight mascaras seep away off of my lashes for awhile but at least this one stuck around. I admire the Pixi brand and what this mascara is trying to do but it just wasn’t the best fit for my lashes.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure. It didn’t work for me but I know many mascara lovers can appreciate lighter mascaras like this one. It doesn’t suit my fancy but good thing for options, uh?

Have you tried any Pixi Beauty products before?

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