Urban Decay’s Vice palette – my new beauty BFF

Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again.

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This is like 2 weeks in a row. I’m so proud of myself. I’m just sayin’… When you go from being too lazy and not doing anything more than mascara and liner to actually doing full-blown eyeshadow looks, you have to kinda pat yourself on the back. And don’t think I didn’t. :cool: Today’s look is brought to you by Urban Decay’s Vice palette.

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Yep yep. Have you gals seen this palette in person yet? O.M.G…online pictures hardly do it. If you’re near a Sephora, do yourself a favor and check out this palette. You’ll likely be shelling out the $60 for this baby.

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Yeah, I know. It’s not the world’s most affordable palette but me thinks Sephora’s Friends & Family sale is coming around soon and this palette should definitely be on top of your list. First, let’s see what Sephora says about this palette,

“This decadent collection of shades has a mix of mattes, satins, shimmers, neutrals, and brights, offering a lot of something for everyone. This sleek purple case is beautifully minimal and classic. Press to open and the dampened hinge slowly treats you to a glimpse of the booty inside. The palette also includes a large mirror and double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.” (source)

So wait…20 eyeshadows of various textures AND a double-ended brush? Makes that price seem a little bit better, uh? After all, this isn’t just any kind of palette. This is an Urban Decay palette. Which means the shadows are going to perform impeccably. Yup. Let’s work our way from the outside in.

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The box that the palette comes in showcases the shadows on the back which is extremely helpful. And shout-out to Urban Decay for naming their shadows. Many brands don’t feel the need to name the eyeshadows in their palettes and I find it to be crazy frustrating. And this is one sturdy palette, homies. I can’t but my finger on the material that it’s made out of it but it’s solid and long-lasting. It feels like a rubberized finish and I love how it’s smudge-proof too.

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It’s definitely one of the most durable palettes I’ve ever come across. And then when you pop it open, well, it’s just pretty mind blowing. I can’t even begin to put my finger on some of the best shades in this baby. Okay, I lied. I can. There’s Chaos…

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And Noise…

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The lovely Vice.

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And Penny Lane…

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I love a palette with the perfect mix of bold and neutral shades and the Vice palette does this beautiful. Time for some swatches!

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(L-R)
Desperation, Mused, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

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Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

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Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

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Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

Beautiful shades, uh? Am I in love with everyone? Nopers, but how many times have you loved EVERY shadow in a palette? The bright blue matte called Chaos is gorgeous and all but it’s tough to pack on the skin. Of course a base will help it really pop. The jet black stain that is Black Market is a STUNNING black. I love sheerer colors too. Anonymous works as a stunning browbone color for me. I find that most of the shades are workable. And for this look…

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I only used 3 eye shadows.

LID – Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish)
CREASE – Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish)
BROWBONE – Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish)

Not too shabby, uh? That blue eye took me all of 5 minutes to do. Yessir. I’m lovin’ the Vice palette. There are a tooooon of looks you can create with it. It’s currently available on Sephora.com and if the $60 price tag has you a bit queasy, the holidays are rollin’ around. :wink: Know what I mean?

Any lovers of this palette? How awesome is that electric turquoise?

Giveaway! butter LONDON goodies + a sweet Friends & Family deal.

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Um, do I really have anything else to say about this? Not really. I’m too busy trying to decide what butter LONDON polishes I should add to my stash. My obsession of this brand knows no ends so I’m prettyyyy sure I’ll find something. Oh! And the polish Black Knight? You pretty much need that one in your life. I’m not even kidding. The deal starts tonight at midnight tonight so keep your eyes peeled and  get your shop on here.

If you’re already scouting out what polishes you want and ALSO want to press your luck, boyyyyy do I have one heck of a giveaway for the butter LONDON lovers. In honor of bL’s Friends and Family deal, I’ve got an awesome easy-to-enter giveaway for my U.S. readers. Here’s what you’ll have a chance of winning…

-Lips & Tips gift set
-Holiday Lippy Trio gift set
-Holiday Lacquer Trio gift set
-Tops and Tails set

That’s over $140 in butter LONDON goodies! Just enter the Rafflecopter and be eligible to win. Giveaway closes Wednesday, November 7th. Good luuuuuck!

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OPI Germany nail polish collection (part 2)

Woo hoo! The first half of OPI’s Germany collection featured some of the lighter shades. This go ’round I’m showing off the darker shades; the purples, vampies, and a strikingly beautiful red. Let’s get it started!

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Aren’t these fierce?

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Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! is a cute name but man, it’s TOO long. I know OPI prides themselves on creative names but lately some of the names in their collections are like mini-paragraphs. Ha! Okay, now that I’ve complained about the name long enough. This shade is described as a bodacious black olive and it is murky and wonderful. This was the first shade I rocked when I first spotted this collection.

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Unfor-greta-bly Blue is described as a super shiny blue and that’s about as accurate as I can get. Okay, yes, there are several super bright blues with shimmer like this but I can’t find any in my collection. This baby is gorgeous.

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Every Month is Oktoberfest is a shimmery plum and it is GORGEOUS! I know, I know…it looks like a typical vampy burgundy with shimmer but it’s fantastic. It goes from deep purple with laces of red and back. Love love love.

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Danke-Shiny Red is a ravishing ruby. It’s very rare that you’ll come across an OPI collection that doesn’t include a red. It has become the expectation. But at least this red is shimmery perfection.

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German-icure by OPI is another name that annoys me but other than that it’s a burgundy shimmer that almost looks like Every Month is Oktoberfest. The biggest difference is that GBO has more red in it. It’s pretty but if I had to choose between the two, I’d definitely go with Every Month is Oktoberfest.

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Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs is an amazing bright purple. I mean, this baby is HOT. Yep, there is probably a dupe somewhere but if you can’t find it, you should definitely tote this baby home.

 

Must Haves:
-Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! As much as the name annoys me it’s a really pretty murky shade.
-Every Month is Oktoberfest. I am so in love with this vampy polish
-Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs. For purple lovers everywhere!

 

This collection has been out for quite some time so I’m pretty sure you can snag it at Ulta, JC Penny salons and anywhere OPI products are sold. I actually had a dream about visiting Germany the other night (so random) so I don’t know…maybe I’ll be heading there sooner rather than later. :cool:

My favorite Asian beauty product comes to the States!

I adore cosmetics from other countries. Especially Asian cosmetics. I follow a ton of beauty bloggers who live in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong and I am forever going gaga over the the cosmetics and tools that seem to only be in their neck of the woods. And for the longest, you just couldn’t find sheet masks in the U.S. Until now!

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I know. I look all creep-tastic like I’m Michael Myer’s OTHER sister but I am beyond excited that these are finally accessible. Not quite drugstore accessible but hey, I can settle with ordering them online. I’ve done beauty swaps with some of my Asian beauty bloggers and the gals aways included these awesome sheet masks. Trust me, y’all. If you haven’t tried ‘em yet, they are definitely worth a try.

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Say “hi” to the brand MaskerAide. MaskerAide has a nice line of sheet masks that not only cover a wide range of needs but they are also vegan! Aaaand fragrance-free! I know, I know! These were so made for me.

Packaging-wise, I find these to be adorable. I’m a little annoyed at how the blonde chick is on EVERY sheet though. Why couldn’t there have been a little more diversity on the various sheets? Y’all know how I get. Lack of diversity annoys me, even in beauty products.

But anyway – there are 6 different kinds of masks for various conditions…

Detoxing

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One that helps with aging skin

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A mask for skin that has been beaten up by the weather

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A mask for brightening and energizing

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A pre-nighttime mask

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One that helps with awakening and refreshing skin

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I think these descriptions are cutesy and just to see if they were really different, I took a peep at the ingredients from all of the packagings and they are all different. For example, the detoxing mask includes aloe vera gel whereas some of the others do not. Okay, fair enough.

While I like think these are nice, I woud have loved to see masks targeted to dry skin, oily skin and acne sufferers. Those make sense to me whereas do I really understand the use of a Beauty Restore mask? Meh. Not so much. But aside from that, the lack of preservatives and the performance of these masks are really impressive. Each masks comes with instructions…

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And added information about the ingredients.

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Very impressive, uh? Especially the fragrance free part. Y’all know I’m a fragrance hater but I think anyone would be if they’d have to wear a facial sheet on their face for a good 10-20 minutes, ya know?

I test drove 2 of these masks. My favorite between Detox Diva and Beauty Restore is definitely Detox Diva. This is one hydrating mask! Application is simple too. Simply rip ‘er up…

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…when removing the mask from the packaging, you’ll have to be careful as the mask is super moist and may drip all over.

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Which I guess is a good thing. At least you get enough product. You’ve got to be careful about peeling open the mask as if you do so too roughly, you may tear apart some pieces.

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And then you apply it on your face. It really is that simple and these sheet masks feel great! Unlike most masks, they feel cool the entire time you wear them. And it feels goooood. I can’t say for sure if the mask changed my skin’s condition greatly as I only used 2 in a span of 2 weeks but who knows? Maybe overtime and with regularly use they’d do some good. The relaxing nature of these sheet masks are reason enough for why I’d like to make an effort to wear one at least once a week.

You can get these from MaskerAide sheet masks from MaskerAide.com at $4.99. Here’s to hopin’ we’ll see these in stores soon. Woo hooo!

Any sheet masks lovers in the house?

Not an industry-professional and want to go to The Makeup Show Orlando? Here’s how…

I’m doing this giveaway alongside some of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida sisters. The Makeup Show Orlando is this weekend and I am beyond excited! I get to check out some of my favorite brands and sit on a panel talking about what I do best…beauty blogging. Yes y’all. I am geeked up!

While The Makeup Show is an industry-exclusive event (meaning it is open to makeup artists, estheticians, photographers, brands, etc), this giveaway is unique in that you can be a regular ‘ole beauty lover to be eligible to win. Yep! Here’s what ya gotta do…

 

1. Purchase your ticket here. They are $35 for a one-day ticket.
2. At the bottom of the registration form, in the question “HOW DID YOU HERE ABOUT THIS EVENT?” click “OTHER” and write Clumps of Mascara.
3. Come back to the Clumps of Mascara and enter the Rafflecopter.

 

It’s that simple! You’ll not only score a ticket to one of the hottest beauty events in Florida but you’ll also get put in a raffle to win a Makeup Show Bag & a selective set from The Makeup Show limited edition brush line. Excited yet? Hop to it! Ticket sales stop on November 1st so you only have few days to purchase your ticket. Not planning to be in the Orlando area? Pass this along to your favorite beauty guy or girl. Good luuuuck!

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Mascara Monday: Too Faced Lashgasm mascara

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Sometimes I go a bit overboard with my photo editing. If I could I would give every picture the 70’s effect. You know…because I’m old skool like that. But I won’t do it to y’all. But anywho – I can’t remember the last time I reviewed a Too Faced mascara. It’s been forev! I’m still in love with that gorgeous palette of theirs and I was super excited to play around with a mascara that has been around for quite some time. Except I’m late to the game on it. Which sucks considering I SHOULD be up on the new mascaras game, right? Ah well.

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Price: $21 at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A voluptuous, fluffing mascara that conditions as it thickens to create dramatically long lashes with intense color.” (source)

The Truth: Dang, this wand is awesome!!

What I Loved About It: Usually wands like these means you’ll get more lengthening than volume but it turns out that this wand + the formula makes for fantastic volumizing!

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a bit on the flaky side.

Overall: Hi Too Faced Lashgasm! I think I love you. And I know we just met and all but dang, you’re some kind of awesome. And as for youuuuuu Clumps readers, why didn’t y’all beg me to review this mascara earlier? How am I just now discovering its awesome? I mean, what rock have I been living under? Better late than never I suppose but man. I hate sleeping on fantastic mascara. Especially when I’ve been reviewing so many medicore ones as of late.

Let’s rap about the wand..

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First of all, it’s pretty freaking awesome. Do you see that? Do you see how stiff and long those bristles are? They make for great separation and lengthening. And usually I see wands like this and I’m immediately like “Oh, it’ll be great for lengthening but it’ll probably be just so so in the volumizing department.” WRONG! This mascara surprised me in that it did spectacular with both lengthening and volumizing. Niiiiice.

I guess it’s the formula that makes it so fantastic. There’s nothing groundbreaking about it at first glance but when it is applied to the lashes, it instantly starts thickening up. Which, okay, a lot of mascaras do this, right? Lashgasm not only gives you the nice thick volume but then you’ve got that great brush that helps with separating the lashes.

It’s like a match made in mascara heaven. This is the perfect mascara for many types of folx. If you’ve got long lashes and just want to plump them up a bit, this will be fantatic. If your lashes are practically invisible and you need length AND volume, bam…you got it, boo. But of course, with the good comes the bad. While the mascara does a fantastic job at lasting throughout the day, you may notice some flaking. Not enough to write it off as insanely flaky but it is definitely something to note.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure do! Especially if you’re a Too Faced fan. In which case you have probably already checked it out.

 

Where are my Too Faced fans? Have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 65

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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!

Congratulations to Clumps of Mascara, Vampy Varnish and Nouveau Cheap for being featured on the new Wet n Wild Cosmetics “Beauty Ambassador Favorites” display, coming soon to a Walgreens near you! (Click the links above for pics of the display.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I’m pretty sure you’ll like this set of mini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in tarte’s new ‘Fantastic Foursome’ Blush Enthusiast Set for the holidays as much as I do!

Clumps of Mascara – is battling stretch marks with her growing baby bump. Is it a waste of time or will these products actually help combat them?

Lipglossiping – is definitely feeling the pull when it comes to Illamasqua’s lipstick in Magnetism!

Gouldylox Reviews – Have you started planning your gift lists already? Check out these lust-worthy gift ideas and stock up before they are gone!

Nouveau Cheap – Do you remember the brand Styli-Style, famous for their long-wear eyeliners? Well they’re back and under new ownership with lots of fun new products, as well as some old favorites.

Pink Sith – Confesses her love for a blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at two highly giftable must-haves from  Tarte’s Holiday Baby It’s Bold Outside.

Phyrra – shows you how to get that perfect glow with Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo.

Vampy Varnish – thinks you are going to love at least half of the new OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012.

we heart this – We’ve deemed this the best long-wearing lip product we have EVER used. Find out what it is!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite – Gel manicures are a little pricey—but my fave fashionista, Sydne Summer of Sydne Style shows you two cute ways you can extend the life of your costly mani, DIY-style!

Question of the Week:

Can you remember your first lipstick love?

 

B says, “Nope. I can’t. I stayed away from lipsticks forever because I thought they were for “old folx”. I know. I’m so lame.”

What about you? What lipstick rocked your world?

 

See you next week!

 

An experience at The Spa

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to test drive a spa service at a spa in the Orlando area. FACT: I’m a spa snob. And I have no problem admitting this. I don’t even regularly go for manicures and pedicures because I’m paranoid about if the utensils have been sterilized well enough. I’ve never liked facials (they’ve always been so painful) and when it comes to massages, I make a lot of demands and ask A LOT of questions. And why shouldn’t I? If someone is going to be feelin’ all up on your body, shouldn’t you be comfortable enough to ask them some questions. Um…yeah.

The Spa had a blogger event and invited me and some of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida sisters out. Like I do with everything, I checked Yelp to check out some of the spa’s reviews. I recommend doing this any time you visit a spa or salon. The reviews were average at best. I didn’t see anything that terrified me and that’s always a good sign. Price-wise, I was happy to see that The Spa’s menu was comparable to other spas in the area. Like most spas, they have a “Club” that offers discounts when you join. Club members also get discounts on products, priority parking space (a huge perk since parking is limited), free hour long service during your birth month, half-off all services, free polish changes, etc. The perks go on and on and at $49 each quarter, I find it to be a better deal than other clubs.

Inside, The Spa is a trendy little joint with sweet and professional staff. I had a tour of the place and loved how serene the Relaxation Room was. The mani/pedi section had a slew of seats and tables and the massage rooms were spacious, comfortable and relaxing. They also have an outdoor jacuzzi out on a lanai which I reckon would be perfect for a group of friends and couples.

Service-wise, I had a prenatal massage from heaven. I’m not exaggerating, y’all. My massage therapist not only asked questions but made sure that I felt comfortable each time she moved around. She asked if the pressure was okay and modified it if it wasn’t. I’ve had a full body massages before but they never tackled my hands and feet. My massage therapist did so and it was absolutely glorious. An hour flew by before I knew it and I groggily made my way to the Relaxation Room to gather my thoughts before leaving. I ended up just sitting and chit-chatting for a good 30 minutes before leaving. I felt THAT relaxed. The staff walked by and offered beverages and constantly made sure that we were okay.

I ended up tipping my massage lady handsomely because she was just THAT good. I’ll be requesting her the next time I go. And I do plan to go again. As members of the press, we were offered 2 complimentary quarters in the Half-Off Club. I plan to go at least 2-3 more times and I definitely want to tote a girlfriend and Mama Clumps for some pampering.

I can confidently say that I’d recommend The Spa to others searching for some pampering. I had a great experience. The Spa sits in the College Park area, not too far from I-4 and I find it to be a decent locals and visitors who are venturing outside of the touristy areas.

 

 

*I was invited as a member of the press to a complimentary massage. I was not paid to write this post and I am only doing so because I had a great experience. Images sent to me courtesy of The Spa.