Baby Clumps: 32 Weeks + Leave Kate Middleton alone!

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I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done an update. The goal was to update weekly but yeah, that’s impossible  because guess who has returned? FATIGUE!!

Girl yes. It is back and it doesn’t give a darn what plans I have or how long my to do list is either. Fatigue is a thug. At 32 weeks pregnant I can honestly say that well, I FEEL pregnant. I am moving slower, my heart races more and I’m just…sluggish. Here’s what Bean is up to,

“Thanks to their recently matured lungs and a strengthening immune system, over 90% of babies born in their 32nd week survive! So – go ahead and throw a mini-party right now because it’s pretty much a done deal – you’ve got a human-bean that’s going to make it! That’s not to say you actually want your wee womb-squatter to pack their bags and move out now, because they’d still end up in the ICU for a good while, rather than in your arms at home. Babies are best when fully baked!” (source)

She’s becoming such a big girl! I can tell because I can now see my belly shake when she hiccups. And her kicks…OMG, her kicks are so intense and jolting. And when I rub my side and tell her to calm down, she kicks me back. I love this kid.

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Health-wise, I’ll admit it – I’ve been sucking with fresh fruits and veggies. I’m not a junk food eater either but I certainly order what I want when I go out to eat. I eat french fries and carbs. Truthfully, if could be worse but I could be doing better too. I’ll be incorporating green smoothies in my diet again next week.

Oh! And in bad news, my blood pressure is going up a bit. It has been consistent and low throughout my entire pregnancy but my last checkup revealed that it was high. Not good at all. High blood pressure at this point could rule me out of birthing at a birth center or maybe even a natural childbirth. The thought of this made me anxious and terrified and shot my BP through the roof even more. I am working on staying more calm. Walking slower, taking alfalfa, eating better food and just not being so anxious all the time. Easier said than done but please cross your fingers for me, y’all. I don’t have to have the “perfect” labor and delivery but I’ll be in a bit of a depressive funk if I have to go to the hospital. Just bein’ honest…

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And in random celebrity news – The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middelton is expecting and it was reported that she was hospitalized for morning sickness. Soooo many people got on her case about because, you know…WHO gets hospitalized for morning sickness? I mean, it’s just nausea, right? She’s clearly being a royal brat, isn’t she?

Whatever.

I sympathize with you, dear Kate. Granted I wasn’t hospitalized for my morning sickness but do I understand what it’s like to be nauseous and barf over smells EVERYDAY for months? Absolutely. Do I know what’s it like to lose close to 15 lbs because I can’t keep anything down? Yep. People who have never been there don’t get it. Morning sickness doesn’t just affect pregnant women. I’ve also heard that those with chronic conditions or those on serious medications can suffer debilitating morning sickness too. It’s the pits, y’all and it bugged me to see people giving Kate so much heat for something she had no control over. It’s a tough thing to deal with and I so want to send the Duchess a bouquet of flowers and some beauty goodies because I know her pain.

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Baby Stats:

Last Baby Thing Purchased: I still haven’t purchased anything other than a onesie. Thanks to family and friends, Bean officially has EVERYTHING she needs.

Milestones: We chose an amazing pediatrician, Esposo went to Daddy Boot Camp and we’re planning maternity photos.

Total Weight Gain: 7 lbs…

Annoying symptoms: Mild morning sickness, inability to get comfortable, back pain, breathlessness, random heartburn.

Things To Do: Organize the beauty room/nursery, finalize maternity leave dates, get a prenatal massage and pedicure, hang out with as many gal pals as I can and learn how to relax.

Tis all!

Oh snap..it’s the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette!

Many things make me happy. Paydays, surprise visits from friends, sales, Esposo’s good cookin’, glitter…you know things like that. But honey, nothing really gets me all giddy more than a new Urban Decay palette. I mean, honestly… No one makes a bangin’ eyeshadow palette like UD. Nobody. The Vice and Smoked palettes are still sleeping next to me. They’re going to have to scoot over because there’s a new palette in town.

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POW! Do you see that? If you’re hip to beauty news, you have likely already heard about this one. It launched about a week and a half ago and it had us beauty guys and gals in quite the frenzy. Some of us were all like “WTF…who needs another Naked palette?”

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And then there were others who were like, “Crap. I’ve already got both Naked palettes but I must.get.this.one.” And then there’s me. I was just drooling over the images of it online because that’s what I do. Drool over beauty products. Don’t be judgin’ me. Say hiya to the Naked Basics palette.

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She fine, ain’t she? I will not compare her to the other palettes. We will just talk about her awesome features. Fair enough, right?

These shadows are ALL mattes. I freaking loooooove matte eyeshadows. I mean, adore. I got several emails from my brown girls questioning if these mattes were rich enough to pop up on darker skin, and yep…they are!

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Venus is considered a demi-matte. It has very subtle shimmer but still applies just as well as the other shadows. It’s not exactly a white shadow. It leans more on the pearl side to me.

Foxy is a beige/faint almond shade. It is probably the least pigmented of the bunch.

Walk Of Shame is a pale pink. The 3 of these, I’m thinking will best work under the browbone. It seemed to have more chalkiness than any of the other colors.

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Naked2 is taupe. It’s super pigmented so this is the shade that I would likely use on my lid every time I use this palette.

Faint is a rich milk chocolate and it works beautifully in the crease. It is super super pigmented.

Crave is a matte black. And what’s not to love about those?

The last 3 eyeshadows seem to be more pigmented but I’m okay with that as I would only use Venus, Foxy and S.O.S. under my browbone anyway. I prefer not to have super pigmented colors under the brow. A quick look I cranked out… The looks was far more vibrant in person but also note that I had gotten 9-10 hours out of wear time before I snapped this photo.

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OVERALL: Considering I don’t own any of the Naked palettes (I know…how lame), I am really loving this one. This price point is significantly less as it only costs $27. It’s the perfect little palette for quick trips. I love that it doesn’t take up much space yet I’ve got 6 great shades that I can easily work with to crank out a decent work-appropriate look. Would I be THIS excited over this palette if I already owned the first 2 Naked palettes? Yes. Because this palette still contains 6 mattes and I find matte shadows the easiest to work with when I have very little time.

How much and where to get it?: This palette is $27 (original Naked and Naked 2 palettes are $50) and it is currently available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s stores and UrbanDecay.com.

Whatcha think? Are you impressed with Naked Basics? 

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part I

Dang. How is it already the holiday season? Yes. My mind is indeed blown. I’m not complaining though. I am a huge lover of Christmas-EVERYTHING. And I know that’s not everyone’s shtick but I am will totally be that old lady that wears knitted Christmas sweaters. Without shame. Yep. What better way to ring in the season than with some pretty polishes? China Glaze is giving us a ton of beautiful options to bedazzle those nails. Here’s part I of the Holiday Joy collection.

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Excited yet?

Pure Joy

Pure Joy is a fiery red glitter with gold particles and it fooled me at first glance because I totally thought that it was a holographic. But nope, it’s a pretty and shimmery nail polish. I applied 3 coats here so it will wear well by itself but it’s also thin enough to be a layering polish.

Winter Holly

Winter Holly is a gold-flecked dazzling green glitter and it is goooorgeous. I can’t wait to create some looks with this baby. It has a similar finish to Pure Joy and while subtle, the gold holographic shimmer does a great job at coming through the green. I also spy some purple shimmer in this polish as well.

Red Satin

Red Satin is nothing fancy as it is just a silky blue-based red creme. Most brands always toss in a red nail polish in their holiday collections and this one is no different from all of the others.

Blue Bells Ring

Blue Bells Ring is an icy blue shimmer and I love everything about how this polish looks on my nails. It does have some drawbacks though. For one, it stains the nails so a sturdy base coat is a definite when rocking this baby. Also, for whatever reason this polish “smelled” differently than all of the others. As in worse. I’m not sure if the formula is different but it reminded me a lot of how polishes smelled before they were Big 3 Free. I actually had to tie a scarf around my nose to apply this polish. Still though. It’s such a beaut. I don’t think I’ll be wearing it often though because I tend to stay away from polishes that stain my nails. Getting them back to normal just isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Merry Berry

Merry Berry is a luscious rich berry red creme. It isn’t the most exotic polish I’ve seen from China Glaze but it has a great fit in this collection.

Angel Wings

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Angel Wings also fooled me because I so thought this baby was a holographic just from looking at its bottle. China Glaze describes this as a delicate gold dust glitter and it’s a beautiful golden crusted nail polish. The microglitter makes for easier removal and while it goes opaque with 3 coats, it does well with layering with 1 coat.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com. Stay tuned for part II of this collection! See any that you like so far?

Eucerin giveaway – 5 winners!

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It’s about that time again! My Eucerin ambassadorship means another awesome giveaway. This is a super easy entry and 5 of you will snag the following:

-Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion
-Eucerin Smoothing Repair Lotion

With the cooler weather rollin’ around these parts, these fragrance-free and hydrating moisturizers are perfect for all skin types. And speaking of moisturization that skin of yours visit Science of Skin Repair to learn more about the next generation of moisturization technology.

Ready to enter? Fill out the Rafflecopter below. It takes a few seconds to load but if you are experiencing any problems, email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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Shea Moisture for the Holidays

Man. My skin is getting worse and worse. Total TMI? I think not. Y’all know I love sharing the inside happenings of my unappealing skin issues. From my acne, eczema and hyperpigmentation, you gals (and guys) have been there for me. That’s why I love the Clumps family. You guys get it.

My real life friends…they’re all like, “Eww Brit, seriously? Eczema? Grosssss!” Which is so dramatic and unnecessary because SO many people suffer from this chronic disease. I’m just the weirdo that doesn’t mind talking about it publicly. *shrugs* Anywho, so recently I came across this Shea Moisture little gift set and I thought Whoooooa!

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Will you look at that? Words can’t even express how much I love this brand. I mean, their products have NEVER failed me. They aren’t loaded with synthetic ingredients and fragrances, they’re affordable, accessible and they work. This holiday seaason, Shea Moisture has released a few holiday gift sets and this precious Aromatherapy Lavender gift set is one of ‘em.

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Now here’s the thing about lavender, the essential oil – you either love it or you don’t. It took many years for lavender to grow on me (I’m more of a woods girl) but now I’ve found it to be one of my favorite oils, mostly because of its healing and aromatherapy properties. It just rocks, y’all. And this gift set is the perfect treat for you or someone in your life that values high quality body care products. And it’s only $14.99. For that you get…

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bubble Bath

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I take baths as much as I can but I’ve also been using this as a body wash. It works surprisingly well! Like all Shea Moisture products, the fragrance is very subtle and isn’t overpowering. The orchid mellows out the lavender a bit so even if you aren’t much of a floral scent lover, you may actually be able to tolerate this one.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Bath, Body  & Massage Oil

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I love a good oil and this one is wooooonderful. I had Esposo give me a much needed prenatal massage with this stuff. It also didn’t make my eczema flare up but yet it moisturized my skin beautifully. It’s the perfect oil to slather all over the skin after a rough day.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Relaxing Fragrance Oil

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This is the one product I couldn’t use because I don’t use fragrance oils. They’re either all essential or nothin’ when it comes to me. I’m not a fan of the synthetic smell of fragrance oils and so while this doesn’t work for me, it still smells pretty. I think the inclusion of the fragrance will help the product last longer (because essential oils generally don’t last long scent-wise) and I think that’s what most consumers are looking for when it comes to body care products.

Quite the steal for less than $15, uh? I plan on scooping up 2 of these for some beauty gal pals of mine. I can’t say who because someone may be readin’ my blog, ya know?

I’m so in love with this brand. I recently found out that they had baby products and I almost did a cartwheel when I got some of ‘em as a gift.

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Um. Let’s just hope I can refrain from using them until Bean gets here. Unlikely though. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. :cool:

Way to go, Shea Moisture. You win AGAIN! You can scoop this gift set up at Target stores or on Target.com.

Too Faced Top 10 giveaway winner!

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It took me forever to choose a winner for this giveaway because many of the original winners didn’t respond to their emails. Eek! But I finally got a response so congratulations are in order for…

 

Annelise in Indiana

 

This lucky gal is going to snag 10 of my favorite Too Faced products. Thank you so so much for all you that entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways on Clumps of Mascara!

Mascara Monday: NYX Le Frou Frou mascara

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Soooo by now you may be sick of seeing NYX mascara reviews but hey – don’t blame me. They’re the cool kids who decided to release an entire collection of mascaras. And I’m the crazed woman that decided to have a blog alllll about mascaras. So it was inevitable. This is my 2nd to last mascara review of the Boudoir Collection. I had high hopes for this one because I consider it to be my ideal mascara. Volume AND length? Yes please!

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Price: $6 at Ulta and at Ulta.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Volumize and lengthen lashes. Dense dome brush to reach each lash.” (source)

The Truth: Well…it isn’t half bad.

What I Loved About It: The wand is nice and I’m loving the volumizing.

What I Didn’t Like: It doesn’t seem to be as long-lasting as I’d like it to be.

Overall: Of all of the mascaras from the Boudoir collection, this one is the one that I’d tango with the most. And why? It’s an ideal mascara in that it promises to give me both length and volume. I think if you were to poll most mascara wearers, many would say they’d want the same thing. So I wonder if this mascara is the most popular out of all of them. I’m not sure. But still…this baby came with a ton of expectations. And for the most part, she did okay. The wand is pretty good.

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It’s nothing amazing and it’s nothing terrible. Which I’m okay with. Sometimes you just need short and sweet when it comes to wands. The bristles are tight enough to help with elongating the lashes and providing the length. I also found the bristles to be plush enough to help with sweeping from the base of the lashes to the tips to help with volume. It is also thin enough to get into those inner corners pretty well. So yeah…it’s definitely a full functioning mascara wand that will work beautifully for all eyes.

Formula-wise, it’s got a nice in-between formula. NYX’s mascara formulas are always pretty consistent with me. I never have many complaints about them and this one is no different. Application is easy and I found that I got more length than volume. The lengthening was REALLY nice where the volume was just so so. Well, so so for me. Y’all know how much I need to have those super crazy out there lashes. :cool: But, I found what volume it did give a good enough amount for the average mascara wearer. It isn’t by any means the kind of volume that you’d want if you were out on the town, but it’s do-able.

So while the mascara functioned well, I was little thrown off at its longevity. It didn’t seem to want to stick around long enough for me. I’m not the type to keep re-applying mascara throughout the day. I apply it once and expect it to last ALL day. That wasn’t the case with Frou Frou. Midday after wearing it, I’d notice that my lashes weren’t as WOW-y. I found that to be weird because I didn’t have any issues with flaking. After 3 coats of application, I would not have expected it to disappear on me. Oh boo.

Grr!

 

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Do I recommend it?: It’s a great everyday mascara if you aren’t looking for too much drama but if you are a fan of longwear mascaras, this one may not be up your alley.

 

Have any of you NYX lovers tried this mascara yet?


Join me for Beauty in the Bag’s Weekly Twitter Chats!

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I’m a bit of a loser for just NOW letting y’all know about this. My bad! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been co-hosting the very awesome @BeautyInTheBag Twitter chat. It’s a been a whole heap of fun and a nice little break in those mundane work days of mine.

Even if you aren’t much of a Twitter user, you’ll likely get a lot out of these beauty chats. Each week we chose a topic and tweet out questions, answers, suggestions and advice about said topics. Aaaand, at the end of each chat, one lucky participant is selected to win a gift bag of goodies. Woot!

Follow @BeautyInTheBag and the hashtag #BeautyBag. Hope to see you on Tuesday at 1:30 EST! Oh, and if you’re like me and find Twitter parties/chats to be a tad bit overwhelming, I recommend using TweetChat. It’s not foolproof but it’s great at speeding up and slowing down the flow of the chat.