Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m so grateful for so many things. And I usually don’t need a day to think about ‘em. I make it my business to give thanks every day for my life, health, strength, family members, friends, employment, hobbies and then random things like blue skies, green grass, freedom of speech, blogging, Hello Kitty, glitter and charities.

Yep.

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. family and those everywhere else in the world who celebrates giving thanks. Oh! And what relevance do those bubbles have? None. I just really like ‘em. :cool:

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part I

Soooo, OPI recently launched a James Bond holiday collection. Bond 007 officially turned 50 this year and so what better way to celebrate than with a collection? I’m pretty lame for not knowing much about the flicks but when I told Esposo about this collection, he got all interested. Mind you, my husband has NEVER been interested about any of my beauty stuffs so that says a lot. Anywho, the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall, came out on November 9th and so this collection has come at the perfect time. It’s a huge collection of 12 polishes so I’m breaking ‘em up in 2 posts.

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Skyfall is described as a magnificent maroon and I can dig it. I love dusty burgundy shades like these. It’s not terribly unique but it is ideal for fall and makes a great base for topping off with glitter.

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Casino Royale is a pretty plum and ZOMG, I am in love with this baby. I’m struggling to think of any dupes for this one so um, yeah…if you don’t get any other shades in this collection, this is definitely one that I’d consider.

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You Only Live Twice is a rich high-shimmer magenta that we’ve seen before. It’s perfect and pretty and has enough shimmer to appeal to the glitter junkies of the world.

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Die Another Day is a hot and lively red. OPI is good at always including reds in their collection. This one is just okay to me. I do like how there is a bit of orange to it though.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is an intense purple but really it’s much more than that. And my camera can hardly capture its epic-ness. It shifts from a blueberry blue to a bright purple and back with the blink of an eye. It’s stunning.

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The Spy Who Loved Me is another red that looks a lot like You Only Live Twice. The main difference between the two? TSWLM has more red in it than orange.

Must Have
-Skyfall: Especially if you need a really nice maroon in your stash.
-Casino Royale: Because just look at the bottle. ‘Nuff said, right?
-Tomorrow Never Dies: If you’re a nail polish lover, it’s unlikely that you have one THIS captivating.

Not bad for the first 6, uh? Stay tuned for the other 6. This collection is currently available at Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

Too Faced Giveaway! Win over $200 in beauty goodies!

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There’s been giveaway after giveaway on Clumps lately, uh? Well, what can I say… I work with some awesome brands and I love when they give me the opportunity to spread the love to the Clumps fam. This is definitely a special giveaway because it’s giving YOU the opportunity to win TEN of my favorite Too Faced products.

Ain’t that awesooooome? Here’s what you could win…

  • Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzer ($29)
  • Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Strip Tease ($19)
  • Cat Eye Kit ($12)
  • Lashgasm mascara ($21)
  • Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Purple ($18)
  • Matte Eye Shadow collection ($36)
  • Retractable Petite Pouf Powder Brush ($15)
  • Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer ($18)
  • La Cream Lip Cream in Fuchsia Shock ($21)
  • Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-Feathering Lip Primer ($19)

Why is Too Faced being so generous? They recently reached 100,000 likes on their Facebook page and they wanted to celebrate by doing a few giveaways with beauty editors like me. Exciting, uh? And the best thing about this giveaway? It’s International-friendly! That’s right…it doesn’t matter if you’re in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Nigeria, Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia, France, the Philippines, India, Singapore or Brazil, you have a chance of snagging these goodies.

Enter the Rafflecopter below and be sure to read through the Terms & Conditions. Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Go ‘head and enter. Good luuuuck!

 

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VIDEO REVIEW: CoverGirl’s LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara

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Soooooo, I have officially gone looney. But I’m okay with that because I feel like y’all won’t judge me. And I’m sorry but when a brand says that after 30 coats a mascara STILL won’t clump, I feel like I have to actually test those claims. Can you blame me? This is what I do. Some people cook. Others paint. I test mascaras.

I was born this way.

And so I did it. I applied 30 costs of CoverGirl’s LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara. Oh yes, I did. And I have the video to prove it.

But don’t worry. I totally sped up the application of the 30 coats so don’t have to sit through 43 minutes of me applying mascara. In case you missed it, the actual review is here.

Enjoy!

Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting mascara

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve reviewed something from Physicians Formula. I think the last thing I featured was their amaziiiiiing and super cool lipgloss that lights up. And I am still using it. I’m serious. It is currently taking up residency in my makeup bag. I know how to be a faithful makeup user. Hmm mmmm. Anywho, they’ve got a a new mascara on the scene and I’ve had my up’s and down’s with PF’s mascara’s. Let’s see where this one stands…

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Price: $9.95 at drugstores and at PhysiciansFormula.com
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per packaging…

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The Truth: It kinda sucks. I know, I know. I hate to say it but y’all want me to be honest, don’t you?

What I Loved About It: I also adore PF’s packaging. Especially their mascaras. So cute, right?

What I Didn’t Like: It’s like a lot of PF mascaras in that a few hours after you apply it, it just disappears. Freaky.

Overall: Oh boy. Let’s go ahead and get this over with. Reviewing this mascara will be like quickly ripping a band-aid off. I just want it to be quick. First, let’s talk about about some of the awesome qualities and claims about this mascara. Ready? According to PhysiciansFormula.com, this mascara rocks because of the following reasons:

-Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Ophthalmologist approved. Gluten Free.
-100% of the Total Ingredients are from Natural Origin.
-44% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming.
-100% saw enhanced lashes INSTANLY!
-1st Ever 100% Natural Lash Boosting formula enhances the appearance of lash length, thickness and volume for dramatic lashes instantly and long-term.

100% out of how many? These are the questions I have when I see percentages. But anyway…those are some serious claims, uh? I’ve got to give it up to Physicians Formula because when it comes to omitting a ton of yucky stuff from their products, they’re good at that. If, of course, you care about that sort of thing. But when it comes to performance this mascara sucks and that makes me sad. I can blame part of the suck-age on the wand.

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No, it’s not horrible and yes, I’ve seen worse and it’s not its size that bothers me. It’s those super itty bitty teeny tiny bristles. They are SO small. Ridiculously small. Even if you’ve got super long lashes, getting this wand to the base of your lashes will be quite the challenge. And it’s a time-consuming challenge that many of us who like to spend no more than 10 minutes on their makeup have no time for. If you can manage to coat those lashes with mascara, you’re left with a wee of thickness to the lashes. And just a wee bit. Lengthening was meh and I saw a little more volumizing. Enough volumizing to make me nod me head and say, “Hmm. Not bad.”

Hours later, though, I’d glance in the mirror and notice that I didn’t have no any mascara. None. The mascara simply did a disappearing act. This doesn’t surprise me. It has happened before with many natural mascaras. They aren’t always the best with longevity. I’m not sure what ingredient(s) it is that helps mascaras stay around longer but without it, wearing a mascara is almost point-less. I’ve experienced natural mascaras that actually stick around longer than a few hours without flaking or smudging away but I can’t say the same about this baby.

It’s a shame too because gosh…ain’t it cute?

 

Bare Lashes

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Nope. It simply won’t stick around. And I’m pretty sure it would do worse in super hot and sticky environments.

 

Any natural mascara lovers in the house? Have you ever experienced this before?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 68

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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!

Lipglossiping – injects some fun into her beauty routine with Urban Decay’s latest mini-palette!

Gouldylox Reviews – This curling iron is part magic and part mystery. I don’t know why the curls last for DAYS, but they do. Check out the pictures for proof!

Pink Sith – wants to know if you see the same thing that she sees when she looks at the Lise Watier Glamour Rose Illuminating Face & Body Powder.

Prime Beauty – got into a little skirmish recently with her fellow bloggers. See what she chose as her mascara warrior in Makeup Wars-Battle of the Best Mascara.

Phyrra – tells you how she thinks mascara should be advertised!

Vampy Varnish – really likes the new Buxom Time to Shine Lip Collection for the holidays!

we heart thisDo you want to win a Clarisonic? (I’ll help, the answer is YES!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – See Amber’s 6 recent product picks for total complexion perfection!

Clumps of Mascara – tried CoverGirl Lashblast Clump Crusher mascara and whoa…it shocked her!

EauMG It’s that time again. Gift guide time! Here’s EauMG’s Holiday 2012 Gift Guide for Vintage Beauties.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – Cafe Makeup ensures that Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Platine secures itself a place on my Christmas wishlist!

Question of the Week:

What beauty item(s) are you most happy to have
purchased before it was discontinued?

 

B says, MAC’s All Of My Purple Life from the Bloggers’ Obsession collection. Loooooove this gloss and I was so happy to snag it before it went away. “

What about you ? Are you obsessed with getting products before they get discontinued?

 

See you next week!

 

Baby Clumps: 29 Weeks + Baby Shower Pics

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Looks like Baby Clumps and I are well into third trimester and things are looking really really good. I seriously don’t have ANY complaints. Which is crazy because last update all I did was complain. I’m starting to discover that I’m having a pretty smooth pregnancy. Well, you know, AFTER I got through the hell that was 1st trimester. The first 4 months was absolutely miserable but now? It’s not so bad. More than anything, I’m starting to look a bit pregnant and my body is just sore. All the time.

But, of course it depends on the day. I’m starting to understand that maybe I just won’t be that pregnant woman with the ginormous belly. And maybe that ginormous belly will pop up in the next month or so. *shrugs* Either way, I ain’t stressin’ it. Especially since my midwife keeps confirming that Bean is growing beautifully.

What Bean is up to,

“If you’ve been feeling weird little fluttering butterflies in your belly, it’s not just your run-of-the-mill pre-birth performance anxiety. Actually, it’s your amazing baby with a case of the hiccups: a fairly common occurrence at this point, due to them practicing breathing for their big birthday. In addition to getting a round of butterfly-like hiccups, your little swimmer has arduously managed to accumulate enough baby fat to account for nearly 3.5% of their overall body weight.” (source)

I’ve felt those hiccups and it’s just the cutest thing in the world to me. I’ve also felt Bean’s monstrous kicks. Those kicks used to be adorable and now they have become so jarring that at any given moment I am left yelping and sinking into my seat. They aren’t painful. Just uncomfortable. I’ve learned her movements though. She’s most active between the hours of 9-11am and then again between 7-9pm. I’ll feel tiny kicks throughout the day but those are the hours she likes to go nuts.

Physically, I am a lot better than I was a few weeks ago. The chiropractor’s fix has me sleeping without much trouble and my neck and back are still A-OK. My legs hurt though so I stopped the walking a mile a day thing and now I’m down to just half a mile a day which sucks. I get insane leg cramps in the middle of the night which wake me up regularly but I’ve discovered that as long as I drink like 90 oz of water a day (which I do without fail), the cramps don’t bug me. I also passed my glucose test with flying colors!

Baby shower pics! These are unedited but I still wanted to share with the Clumps fam. I had about 30+ guests and family members there and it was so so beautiful. Sally Hansen and JOHNSON’S Baby sponsored shower gifts and prizes. The shower had a fall-inspired thing and I was okay with any kind of decoration that wasn’t doused in pink. We had a brunch shower at CRAVE, a restaurant I’ve featured before on Clumps. I hosted a beauty blogger event there before and I love love LOVE their food and service.

Yummy sweet treats…

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Table settings…

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Some friends just know me too well. Look at that Hello Kitty bow!

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Brunch is served!

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Game time! But just 2. I didn’t want to have that “traditional” cheesy games-type shower.

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Mama Clumps moved me to tears when she gifted me a box full of my old baby clothes and sentimental toys. I literally couldn’t talk for a few minutes because I was so choked up.

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A few of my beautiful guests…

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P.S. – Most of the men that arrived were family. And they eventually left and went to the restaurant’s bar (including my Dad and Esposo). Ha! That’s proof that most men really don’t want to be at baby showers. It’s true, ladies. I think most only go because their women drag ‘em along.

My sisters.

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Esposo and I.

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It was a beautiful shower and I was so so glad to see so many friends and family members. I wanted a fun “not so baby shower-y” shower and I think it worked out beautifully.

 

Quick Bean Stats!

Weight Gain: 2 lbs.

Energy?: For the most part, I’m okay but still like to be in bed or prepping for bed by 10pm every night. Then again, that was me pre-pregnancy. Ha!

Fears: I’m feeling pretty fearless these days.

Cravings: Still none.

Things To Be Excited About: Maternity pics and the holidays!!