LORAC’s Pro Palette is perfect for us newbies too!

I’ve been doin’ some serious eyeshadow palette lovin’ all season. First there was Too Faced’s Return of the Sexy Eyeshadow Palette  and now LORAC’s Pro Palette. Where in the WORLD have I been? Have y’all seen this palette? The palette that single handily had me putting on eyeshadow?!

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Do you see that? That’s me! That’s me wearing eyeshadow. Weeee! But okay, first things first. Say hi to the palette.

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Details about the palette…

This PRO artistry palette is packed with eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the red carpet. LORAC’S velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes, just like a pro.

This set contains:
– Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– PRO Eye Shadow Palette

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

(source)

I never scooped up either one of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes so I was so excited to see this one. After all, it seemed to embody a lot of what the Naked palettes had: pretty neutrals of various textures. I’m more likely to dive into shades like these instead of vibrant colors anyway. The palette includes 8 mattes and shimmers. The mattes reside on the top with the top with the shimmers residing on the bottom.

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And yeah…usually when I get new products that I plan on showing off on the blog, I wait until I photograph them before I showcase ‘em. That so wasn’t the case with this palette. Hence the random smudges. I couldn’t help it, y’all! It was just too beautiful to not touch.

Time for some swatches!

First up, the mattes:

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TOP: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink
BOTTOM: Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black

And then the shimmers…

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TOP: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze
BOTTOM: Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

Impressive, uh? Both the mattes and shimmers apply absolutely beautifully. The mattes provide rich color and appear creamy on the skin. The shimmers are stunning with a nice and subtle sparkle. Of course I’m a matte lover so those were the ones I found the most use out of. I would have liked to see either the White Cream or Taupe removed and a burgundy in its place. I find that burgundy eyeshadows are spectacular for neutral looks. I could have also done without the 3 similar shads Nude, Champagne and Lt. Bronze. Of course they LOOK different but they are also alike enough to where we could have gotten another shade in the mix. Like a shimmery gray, maybe?

Either way, I think this is a fantastic palette for professional makeup artists, makeup enthusiasts and beauty newbies a like. I managed to crank out several looks using both the mattes and shimmers and I just love how easily the shadows applied. The only downfall would be that applying the shadows can mess up the palette a bit.

Examples…

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Yeah, the fall out is intense. But not so much when applying so I’m okay with that. In fact, I think these shadows will do even better when used wet. I’m not bold enough to try that though. Ha!

Overall, it’s a stellar palette that runs for $42. You can scoop it up at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Butter LONDON Autumn/Winter collection

While some brands like to grace us with nail polish collections 5-10 times a year, we only get just a few from Butter LONDON. And it’s not really all that fair because I adore Butter LONDON and I’d love to get more polishes from there each year. But on a good note, them not coming out with collections every 5 seconds gives me enough time to snag up the polishes that I don’t already have from them. Yeah. I’m THAT obsessed with BL.

Anywhoovers, let’s play with their newest collex! It’s not your traditional Fall/Winter collection, but I can appreciate that. Sometimes the expected vampies and darker shades are just way too…expected.

Dodgy Barnett is a silver holographic that’s pretty groovy. It isn’t as holographic-y as many nail polish lovers would like but if you’re new to holographics, this may impress you. I found that 3 coats really made the holographic effect pop. The pop isn’t as prominent as many holographic grays but it’s still a nice surprise.

Trustafarian is another holographic. It’s just as bit on the sage/pistachio side and it’s just as captivating as Dodgy B. I actually found that Trustafarian gave more holographic spark than Dodgy.

Shag is a high-shine metallic in a warm orange-burgundy hue. This baby screams fall and it makes me want to roll into a pile of leaves and then head out to pick a pumpkin. Butter London usually knocks my feet off with the uniqueness of their shades but this one is just okay. It’s not my favorite but it’s still pretty.

Lovely Jubbly is a vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue and gold micro-particles. It’s a prettyful glitter that reaches an opaque finish with only two coats. On a good note, if you wanted to layer this over another polish, you could do so easily. It’s one versatile glittah with a lot of sparkle.

Gobsmacked only got 2 coats from me but a closer look reveals that I probably should have given that kid another coat. This charcoal grey glitter is quite reminiscent of several other grey glitters that I’ve seen around the way. I love how fine the glitte specks are as they make application smooth. Like buttah. :cool:

Overall: Most butter LONDON collections have me hyperventilating and stunned by their beauty. I didn’t get that reaction with this collection. There are some fantastic hits and I can appreciate the variety of formulas from glitters to holographics and shimmers. Most of the polishes in this collection are dupe-able and that’s so unlike Butter LONDON as many of their polishes are strikingly unique.

I still love my Butter LONDON and will continue to hoard their polishes. You can grab this collection at Ulta stores, Ulta.com and at ButterLONDON.com. Each bottle is $14 a pop.

Guess who is on a Wet ‘n Wild beauty ambassador display in Walgreens?

I am!

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I couldn’t make it up if I wanted to. I’ve known about this for months but forgot about it until yesterday. That’s just how forgetful I am, y’all. If I’m sworn to secrecy about something and can’t talk about it for months, chances are I’ll forget. Bananas. Anyway….I’ve been a Wet ‘n Wild ambassador since last year and the brand had a nifty way of showcasing their ambassadors on a display. I am honored to be placed alongside other fabulous girls in the beauty space. How cool is this?

Emily of BeautyBroadcast.net.

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 Celly of MakeupByCelly and Becky of EverydayMakeupBlog.com.

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My beauty sister, Kelly of VampyVarnish.com and moi.

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My other beauty sister, Gianna of Nouveau Cheap.

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Moi again.

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Jacqueline of a ABrilliantBrunette.com.

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I have yet to see this display in person but one if you manage to go looking for it, it looks a lil’ somethin’ like this.

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If you manage to spy it, post a pic on the Clumps of Mascara Facebook page. This is bringing back memories from my Target display this past Spring so I am all kinds of giddy. I love when brands show bloggers love. Woo hooo!

Stretch Marks: Attempt to beat ‘em or ignore ‘em?

Stretch marks. For some, they are like the WORST thing that can happen to your body. And for me…they’re just a a part of life. They come around if you’ve lost some weight or gained some weight. Or you could be one of those lucky ladies who have amazing genetics and don’t get stretch marks at all. In which case, I don’t like you.

Hahaaaa! I’m kidding. I’ve got two different brands of oils here that have a ton of claims but they both claim to help fade stretch marks over time. And well uh, with my growing belly, I figured why not give these bad boys a whirl? Say hello to the ever so popular Bio and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil.

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This review won’t be comparing the two (because I’ve only got 1 body to test drive ‘em on. Ha!) but rather give a brief intro into their claims, if they rock and if they perform well enough to motivate a consumer to use time and time again.

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Let’s start with Bio Oil.

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Price: $19.99
Where To Purchase: Ulta stores and at Ulta.com
Size: 4.2 oz and 2 oz ($11.99)

I didn’t know it before, but pregnant women everywhere swear by this stuff. I’m not even kidding. Visit a pregnancy forums or store and chances are, you’ll see people bragging about this oil. In fact, just check out Ulta’s review section of this oil and you’ll see a ton of testimonies from users everywhere. This stuff is popular for a reason, uh?

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Like any kind of oil, it has a greasy consistency but I found it to sink into the skin nicely.

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It has a pretty prominent floral smell. If I had to guess I’d say roses? It’s a bit too much for me (y’all know how I feel about fragrances) but after a few days of wearing it daily, I actually got used to it. I used this oil on my belly but it can also be used as a makeup remover, hair oil and alllll over the body. I’ll likely only use it on the belly though.

Then there’s Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil.

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Price: $10.99
Where to Purchase: Most drugstores
Size: 5.1 oz

Everyone knows about good ole’ Palmer’s and their Cocoa Butter Formula products and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they will donate 15 percent of the sales (with a minimum donation of $100,000) of specially-marked bottles of the following classic Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cool stuff!

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Like Bio Oil, this is a, you guessed it, oil. Performance is similar in that it’s greasy going on but smooths out once you rub it in.

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Fragrance-wise, if you love the smell of cocoa butter, you’ll love the smell of this stuff. I also dig the pump dispenser.

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It makes distribution easier. It’s an oil that you could easily use all over if you wanted to. Like the Bio Oil, I’ve been using this just on my tummy

I’m going to keep going back and forth with both products to see if overtime my stretch marks will fade. Can I be honest though? I’m a bit skeptical and I don’t think anything can make ‘em disappear. And I’m okay with that. But I’m a beauty blogger who loves beauty stuffs so I’ll keep slathering to see if I get any results. I’m cray-zay like that. :cool:

Are you a stickler about trying to beat stretch marks?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Cat Eyes mascara

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Yuuuuuuup! You guessed it. Maybelline has another mascara for us and it’s in the ‘Volum Express family. Okay, even if you have no intentions in trying out this mascara, you can’t deny how adorable that packaging is. Ca-ute, right?

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

What It Claims: “Maybelline colossal volume gets a feline edge. Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Cat Eyes Washable Mascara’s collagen formula and claw brush plump and spike out lashes at the corners for a wild cat-eye look. Colossal volume with cat-like corners” (source)

The Truth: The truth is that as much as I love Maybelline (and I loooove Maybelline), I’m a bit over the Volum’ Express bit.

What I Loved About It: That wand is dynamic, yo.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a great lengthening mascara but if you’re looking for volume, keep a lookin’, sista.

Overall: For once I’ll keep my mouth shut about how annoyed I am that I keep seeing 23,000 different versions of ‘Volum Express. Please realize that this whole “not complaining” thing is so tough for me because I really do get annoyed at…okay, wait. Look at me. I’m complaining. Eek! Let’s move on.

The wand. Yes! The wand!

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The wand is something special. I love everything about this wand. I could do without its curvy nature but I love how nice and stiff the bristles are. This is the perfect mascara wand for people like me. My lashes go alllll over the place and this wand is great for helping to straighten them out. Wands like these are also perfect for those with super itty bitty lashes. You can coat lashes easily and don’t have to worry about poking yourself in the eye because of the huge wand. WIN!

Now, let’s get to the nitty gritty, if I was super over-ambitious, I would try to compare this mascara with some of the other recent ‘Volum Express mascaras. But quite honestly, y’all…I don’t own any of ‘em anymore and I’m too lazy to even think of doing something like that. But hey – at least I’m honest, right? The best thing for mascara reviews is to just review them as if other mascaras didn’t exist. And so for now, we’ll forget about the other 98,000 ‘Volum Express babies out there, okay?

Formula-wise, Cat Eyes impressed me. It’s got a nice and workable formula but after a few strokes on the lashes, I realized that its goal was to lengthen my lashes and not bring about volume. Okay. No biggie. The claims on the packaging are a bit confusing so we’re not really sure WHAT this mascara is supposed to do but yeah, I’m pretty sure its main goal is to help elongate the lashes. Which is does so beautifully. Between the formula not clumping up on me and the stiff bristles of the wand, bringing those lashes out there was easy. And impressive! 1 coat was okay but 2 coats of this mascara really brought my lashes out there and helped to achieve that “wild cat-eye look”. Whatever that means. So yeah, it’s not a bad lengthening mascara. Keep in mind that it ISN’T a waterproof mascara so it does have some issues with lasting for a while. Especially if you have allergies.

And stick with just 2 coats. I found that the formula thickened up a bit too much and brought on some clumping when I attempted a 3rd coat.

 

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Do I recommend it?: The Falsies ‘Volum Express is hands down my favorite because it’s an intense volume mascara but if you’re looking for something lengthening (or a really cute mascara), I don’t think Cat Eyes will disappoint.

 

Okay y’all…who has tried this mascara? Whatcha think?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 64

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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!

Question of the Week: – What beauty product would you immediately hoard if you found out that it was going to be discontinued?

we heart this – took a tour of Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood with MAC’s Gregory Arlt. Now, we’re sharing insider’s info about the collection (like, which Mad Men star inspired Love Goddess lipstick) and Marilyn’s beauty regime (ever wonder why she always looked so glowy? The answer will surprise you!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – I have a feeling there are a few shades in the new ZOYA Ornate Collection for holiday 2012, that you would be really bummed about if you missed!

Clumps of Mascara – loves everything about Tarte Cosmetics. But their Glamzon Pure Performance Lipsticks? Whoooooa! They are absolutely heavenly.

Lipglossiping – gets hot under the collar for the new BB Cream from french skincare maestro’s La Roche-Posay.

Gouldylox Reviews – What do you think of the idea of a CC cream? I’m not making it up, it’s a thing. Find out more here!

Nouveau Cheap – gives you swatches, swatches and more swatches to help you determine if you need the new limited edition Shimmer The Night Away palette from Wet n Wild.

Pink Sith – experienced the new Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai mask set and not only did she not turn into Red Skull she managed to turn a Frugalista into a High End Diva!

Prime Beauty – embraces the Oxblood nail trend with 6 deep red polishes!

Phyrra – shows you how to get the Perfect Night Out Look!

Vampy Varnish – is trying her hand at some simple Halloween nail art using NARS Andy Warhol Nail Polish.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – The British Beauty Blogger shared a post filled with fab advice about How to be a Beauty Writer. Whether you just want to improve your own blog, or are trying to get a job that pays you for the obsessing you already do, it’s a good read!

Question of the Week:

What beauty product would you immediately hoard if
you found out that it was going to be discontinued?

 

B says, “Ummmm, Zoya’s Remove+ nail polish remover. I can’t live without that stuff!”

What about you?

 

See you next week!

 

Baby Clumps: 25 Weeks + Being A Stay At Home Mom. Yay or nay?

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Oh man. What a week. For both Baby Clumps and I. I’ve spent a great deal of this pregnancy being emotionally cool and calm but this past week I opened up a friggin’ Tears Factory. I am sooooooo emotional. And this isn’t like me. I’m a reformed crybaby who has become so thugged out that crying rarely happens with me. But this week? Whoa. I’ve been a hot crying mess.

Things That Have Made Me Cry:
-Dropping a banana in the mud.
-Missing out on the great weather because I work inside.
-Loving pomegranates but consistently and unintentionally buying rotten ones.
-Insane migraines.
-Being too cold. Or being too hot.
-Everything.

Insane, right? I’m so weepy during the day and have to excuse myself several times at work to walk it out and get my thoughts together.

Bean’s weekly stats:

“Your little grower’s physical proportions are pretty much birth-ready and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and a ton of nervous system development.
The good news is: if your child were to be born premature, they’d likely survive without much trauma as their lungs started producing “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day.” (source)

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So Bean is growing up and her little kicks are becoming stronger. And some are getting painful! I try not to complain because they are little reminders that she’s doing okay. Esposo can actually feel her kicks now and he spends time singing to her and OMG, it’s the sweetest thing ever. Esposo’s voice already brings tears to my eyes but knowing that Bean can hear him? Oh wow. I cry every time.

When it comes to nutrition and fitness, I am SO damn proud of myself. For one, I’ve kinda sorta cut out my insane consumption of bread. Which is no easy feat, y’all. I get in a lot of fruit and veggies and do healthy snacking. I’m open to idea of chicken again but only in moderation; which is like once or twice a week. I drink at least 80 ounces of water a day and I’ve been walking 1.5 miles each day which doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s something! I want to crank it up to 2 miles by next week. I get in daily stretches too.

Pain-wise, I had 2 migraines last week that left me for dead. I refuse to take any medication (not that they’d help my migraines anyway) and suffered in silence. Sleeping sucks and I have to sleep upright otherwise I wake up with the worst back pain evaaaaaa. I was coming down with a cold few days ago but got rid of that by swallowing garlic, downing raw honey, up’ing my Vitamin C and drinking echinacea tea. Works every time!

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You’ve probably seen me in this yellow cardigan/red belt get-up before. I’ll probably repeat it a dozen times again. I can make it work with everything! Plus I ain’t above rockin’ the same look once or twice. Nope. :cool:

Okay, so quick discussion about the whole being a stay at home mom thing. Prior to getting pregnant, I never even considered being a stay at home mom. In fact, excuse my ignorance, but it seemed…boring. How could I be in the house all day doing chores and tending to a baby? Granted sitting around an office all day isn’t all that exciting but at least I’d have adult interaction and could help provide for my family financially. At least I wouldn’t be playing into that typical role of “Mom stays home with the kids while Dad goes out to work.” At least I’d have a job with goals and would have a sense of purpose outside of raising my children. Plus, daycares are great. Bean would get plenty of infant interaction which will result in her being where she needs to be developmentally. I mean, I’m not a childcare professional. Surely the people at daycare know more about how to educate and care for my child than me. Right?! Right????

I don’t know, y’all. Bean will be here very soon and it just hit me…I don’t want to have to hand her over to someone else and head back to work after she’s only be on this Earth for 12 short weeks. I don’t want to have to pump 4-5 times a day at work when I could be breastfeeding her around the clock. I don’t want to have to worry about her and question if the daycare staff are being clean enough, attentive enough and caring enough. I never WANTED to be a stay at home mom because I thought giving up my career for a life of parenting at home would be hard. But it’s not just about ME anymore. And I’m starting to see that. And I’m feeling super regretful that I didn’t think about this earlier. Chances are I’ll never be a STAY at home mom. Work from home? Absolutely because 90% of what I do for Clumps can be done at home and can provide some financial gain. But can our family financially make it without my full time job right now? I don’t know. We planned for me to go straight back to work and now I’m not sure I can do it. *gulp*

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Quick Bean stats!

Weight Gain: ZERO. Still haven’t gained anything. I’m starting to realize that this is okay.

Weird Symptom: I’ll have this raging appetite and make attempts to stuff my face and then get full after just a few bites.

Fears:Life post-pregnancy. I really don’t want to go back to working a 9-5 and be stuck with leaving my baby at a daycare.

Cravings: None. Although I do want fries at least once a week. And I give myself that as long as I get my daily walks in.

Things I Miss: Ceviche and working out at the gym like a mad woman. I also miss sitting comfortably in the car and sleeping throughout the night.

 

 

Any stay at home moms in the house? Or what about you gals who plan to have kids one day…what route do you think you will take? I don’t know many stay at home moms so this is a topic that I know very little about.