10 Things You Should Get From Sephora’s Friends & Family sale

 

You know what time it is! It’s time for Sephora’s Friends & Family online sale. Wooo hoooo! Beauty junkies everywhere wait all year for this sale. In fact, cheap guys and gals like me don’t make large purchases UNTIL this sale arrives. And to be quite honest, you should be that way about everything. Seriously.

If you don’t have a coupon for an item, don’t even get it. Like…fo reals.

Sephora’s F&F is working a little differently this year in that you have to go to this Sephora link and enter your email addy to get your unique sale code. After submitting my email, I got my code within minutes. This code is for online purchases only. Keep in mind that this is a 1-time use code and only valid in the U.S.

That last part sucks majorly, I know. If you’re stuck on what to get, I am here to help. Check out 10 of my favorite Sephora products.

1. Clarisonic Mia. Um, yahhhh. I purchased my Mia during a sale and while it was a bit pricey, this is one purchase that I do NOT regret making. If you’ve got the money and want to hook your skin up with something nice, get the Mia. Check out my complete review of it here. And ohmigoodness, that Jaguar Mia is the coolest looking one yet. Of course, I want it.

2. Fairy Drops ScandalQueen mascara. I absolutely LOVED this mascara and consider it to be one of my favorites. I gave it high marks for a good reason. 8)

3. Graffiti Hello Kitty brush set. I’ve been coveting that thing for quite some time now. And not only can get it for the low low with the discount, but it is now $25. Woo hooo!

4. Boscia’s Clarifying Detox mask has been a staple in my beauty routine for weeks now. If your skin needs some boosting in, get this mask. Fast.

5. Make Up For Ever’s #92 eyeshadow. You can’t call yourself an eyeshadow lover if you don’t own (and absolutely obsess over) this kid. Known as one of the most fantastical eyeshadows ever in the history of makeup, #92 should be an absoute staple in your collection.

6.  Nails, Inc.’s magnetic polishes. Yes, they are super expensive regularly priced, but this discount can make purchasing a lot less painless. I plan on scooping some up myself. Want to know what magnetic nail polish looks like? Check this out.

7.Fresh’s lip balm.  Remember the post I did on how much I looooove them. Not only can you save on that but they have darling gift sets that retails for less than $30. Ooooh yeah!

8. Lancome Bi-facil makeup remover? What in the world would I do without it? I made the mistake of trying a similar product and my eyes burned for days. Maybe not days, but put it this way…I will never stop using Bi-facil. That said, while it’s pricey, get it for the low low with the discount!

9.  Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary Mint Clarifying Sulfate-Free Shampoo. I know I save all of my hair talk for Loc Rocker, but if you’re in need of a wonderful and purifying shampoo, check out  this baby. Aside from loving the combination, this is one fantastic shampoo for us dry hair’d folx. Oh, and Carol’s Daughter’s packaging changes? Loves it!

10. Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer. Dang. I just LOVE saying “Noir”. It sound all fancy ‘n ish. So yeah. I haven’t reviewed this yet but beat me to it. This top coat for lashes is effing amazing. And I’ll save the rest of my thoughts for the formal review.

Got your eyes on anything at Sephora?

Carol’s Daughter: Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter

How my family knows what products to get me as gifts is such a mystery to me. I don’t live with any of them so how do they know that I DON’T have this and have never tried that? It’s amazing, I tell ya! I got Carol’s Daughter Ecstacy Gel and Body Butter for Christmas ’09 and um, wow…

Is that a WOW-good or WOW-bad? Hit the jump to read on.

Ecstasy Shea Souflee

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“This luxurious formula is light and fluffy like a soufflé, but moisturizes skin with the intensity of a butter. It’s packed with natural butters and oils to effectively nourish and hydrate dry, parched skin for a soft and velvety appearance.

The perfect blend of succulent nectars shines throughout this fruit medley. Accented with Egyptian musk, precious amber, as vanilla bourbon completes this captivating fragrance.” (source)

The truth:
This stuff smells soooo sweet!

What I loved about it: I love the consistency. It is perfect for the winter time.

What I didn’t like:
The packaging isn’t too hot. When you have used up at least half of the souflee, you literally have to do a 3-finger reeeeach to get to the bottom of the pot.

Overall: I love love love it. The sweet smell is rather addicting. The souflee consistency does a great job at moisturizing even the driest skin. And the scent lasts all day. Loves it!

Next up….

Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel

 


Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.50 from CarolsDaughter.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A natural soap blend, derived from coconut, olive and jojoba oils combined with exotic aromas for a gentle rich lather that leaves skin fresh, clean, rejuvenated and moisturized. Perfect shower or bath. ” (source)

The truth:
Just as good as the souflee!

What I loved about it:  Hmmm…the smell! It smells like a baked apple pie drizzled with honey. Hmmm…

What I didn’t like:
N/A

Overall: By the time you will have read this review, I will be on my second bottle of this gel. First of all…it comes out of the bottle like honey. It isn’t sticky but looks like sweet nectar goodness. The gel consistency lathers well and rinses off easily leaving you with silky smooth skin.

I love love love this line. And so does every one else in the world because it seems to be sold out quite often on the Carol’s Daughter website. Anyone try anything from Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy line?

 Other Carol’s Daughter reviews
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Giveaway! Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog gift set

Remember when I did a post about meeting the lovely Lisa Price at the Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog event? I forgot that I snagged one of those darling gift set to give away to one lucky Clumps of Mascara reader!

These Magical Beauty Gift sets are currently sold out online.  What comes in the set?

* Shampoo “The Beauty Within” – 8 fl. oz.
* Conditioner “Inner Shine” – 8 fl. oz.
* Bubble Bath “Sharing Means Caring” – 8 fl. oz.
* Loofah


How cute! I was actually going to save it for my goddaughter but uh…she won’t be born until mid-February. HA! So perhaps your daughter, granddaughter, niece, goddaughter, little sister, BFF’s daughter, mentee, student or favorite youngin will love this.

This giveaway is for subscribed readers only. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so by clicking this button..

Be sure that your email address has been verified and viola! To let me know you are interested in this giveaway, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Title your email with “For the princess!” and let me know who you plan on giving it to. This contest is open to International readers and ends on Saturday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST. Around this time I will be hosting my BFF’s baby shower! <—a penny to anyone who can give me any baby shower tips. I’m scurred!

Good luck!

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Carol’s Daughter, Princess and the Frog event

This post is oh so late. Please excuse me, darlings.

Back in November of 2009 (like that was eons ago, ha!) I had the pleasure of attending a Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog event in Atlanta. I LOVE me some Atlanta so it was nothing for me to take a little road trip up North.

If you didn’t know, Carol’s Daughter came out with limited edition products featuring Disney’s Princess and the Frog. See!


I know…sooooo cute, right? The set (retails for $30.50) includes a shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath for the little princess in your life.

I made it to Lenox Square Mall that cold and rainy November day just in time to see Lisa Price, the creator of Carol’s Daughter, mix up a little somethin-somethin right before our eyes.

Using salt, an essential oil blend (jojoba, rosemary, clary sage, etc), peppermint and tapioca pearls, Lisa made an amazing body scrub. We were all able to take some home and of course after I used all of mine, I made some of my own.

Loves it!

I was able to score a few seconds with Lisa in which we talked about the difficulties of transitioning from permed hair to natural hair.


She spoke about the importance of using the right products for your hair while going through that transition. Unfortunately our time was cut short and I SO didn’t get through my list of questions and to be around such an esteemed womanpreneur in her own stomping grounds was quite the honor. And I saw many ladies with beautiful locs, afros, twists and curls! Special love to Tamera who noticed me from Clumps of Mascara.

Don’t forget to grab that Princess and the Frog ‘Magical Beauty Gift Set’ before it sells out.

And have you seen the Princess and the Frog yet? Y’all know I did. It was only THE best Disney movie of all time for me. Well, it’s actually neck in neck with The Lion King but yeah….it was GREAT!

More Carol’s Daughter reviews:
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter

Well look at that! A product specifically for me. My hair is not only natural but it is loc’d as well. I fit in a pretty small group so I was elated to see a product just for me!

But does it work?

 

Loc Butter

Price: 4 out of 5 ($15.50 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims:
“In order to lock hair, one does not need sticky pomades. It is the motion of the palm roll or twist in conjunction with clean, properly moisturized hair that aids in the locking process. This Carol’s Daughter favorite, offers superior grooming with citrus oils that provide a light scent and ylang-ylang that nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair.” (source)

The truth:
What the….I knowwww there isn’t any beeswax in this!

What I loved about it: I like the idea behind it. Very rarely will you see a loc butter on the market sold by a major brand. So that’s exciting. It shows that there is a demand of products for ladies who are loc their hair. And since I’m one, I think that’s great!

What I didn’t like:
What the duck? There is beeswax in it?

Overall: It’s been a year since I’ve been loc’ing my hair. I couldn’t be happier. Loc’ing your hair is truly a journey and it’s important to use products that are nourishing to the scalp and locs. From when I FIRST started, I was told to NEVER put beeswax in my locs. Beeswax will assist your hair in loc’ing but it will also attract lint. And lint attracts dirt. Gross.

I was all excited about Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter until I saw the ingredients.

See the beeswax? That’s so wrong. Other than that, the product itself looks and smells wonderful. I find that it is far too greasy to use on my locs but perhaps it would work better for folx who have more mature locs.


I wouldn’t recommend it though. Beeswax is a total no no.

This is how the loc’ies looked after using this stuff…


Not bad. But I’m not using it again anyway. Beeswax scares me.

I did a video that talks about my Locs at 1 Year.


I have been getting SO many questions from ladies non-Black ladies who are curious about Black hair and what being “natural” means. I love answering these questions. Aaaand, you can follow my hair blog at LocRocker.com

Stay beautiful!

More Carol’s Daughter reviews:
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Lisa Hair Elixir

Are you sick of the Carol’s Daughter product reviews yet?

I hope not! I know that these reviews will more than likely help future Clumps readers in case they are interested about the brand and products.

And like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Carol’s Daughter hair products can be used on ALL hair textures. However, you know your hair best so if you generally do NOT put oils in your hair, I wouldn’t assume that the ones I am reviewing will work wonders for you. Hmmkay?

On to the reviews!!

Lisa’s Hair Elixir


Price: 3 out of 5 ($19 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“A hair oil for dry hair and scalp designed to moisturize and nourish hair. It adds shine and combat dry scalp, this rich, yet lightweight treatment oil helps prevent hair breakage and promotes healthy hair growth.” (source)

The truth:
This was my FIRST Carol’s Daughter product and I am still using it so that should tell you something.

What I loved about it: Ohmiwords, the smelllll!

What I didn’t like:
The price for this oil is a little steep. Especially if your hair is like mine and seems to ALWAYS be thirsty.

Overall: I recently ran out of this oil–hence the website photo! I smelled this product before owning it. Seriously! I had a professor in undergrad who wore Sisterlocks. I would always go and chit-chat with her after class and could always smell her hair. It reminded me of my African dance instructor; she too wore a fragrance similar to that. After finding out that she moisturized her scalp and locs with Lisa’s Hair Elixir, I ran to Sephora and purchased it. I haven’t looked back. I.LOVE.THIS.STUFF. It has a strong “wood-sy” smell….very organic and outdoorsy. This scent isn’t for everyone. My Mother can’t stand it. But Lisa’s Hair Elixir will always be a staple in my hair drawer.


More Carol’s Daughter reviews:

Tried this? Love it? Can’t stand it? How do you feel about Carol’s Daughter in general? Tell me!

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Tui Hair Smoothie

I have more Carol’s Daughter products to share with you!

I received an email after the last Carol’s Daughter review that I thought I would answer in this post.

Q: Are Carol’s Daughter’s products just for women with natural hair?

A: Absolutely not! Anyone with any hair type can use these products. My hair is natural AND loc’d. My opinion of these products will probably only benefit other ladies with hair like mine. But I love to review them anyway….just in case something I say peaks your interest enough to make some purchases yourself.

And with that, let’s bring it on!

Hair Milk



Price: 4 out of 5 ($12 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“This lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion for the hair is made with essential oil of lemongrass to stimulate natural oil production and hydrate strands. Infused with a splash of lily of the valley fragrance in a rich base of oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamins E and C, Hair Milk is ideal for defining natural curls and giving hair loads of shine and bounce.” (source)

The truth:
Hmmm, it isn’t the best on my locs but I could see how it works well for ladies with curly hair.

What I loved about it: The consistency is great. It isn’t at all sticky.

What I didn’t like:
I’m not the biggest fan on the smell. I love lemongrass in my food but not so much when it is the primary ingredient (scent). But it’s a personal thang. I have friends who love the smell!

Overall: I think this product would be divine for ladies with curly hair. My girl Wes over at Honey Brown Sugar comes to mind. It doesn’t work so well with my locs simply because they soak it up so quickly. It is as if I never put anything in my hair. HA! The consistency rocks though.

It isn’t meant to go on the scalp but I used on mine anyway. And it feels good!

Next up….

Tui Hair Smoothie



Price: 3 out of 5 ($19 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Tui Hair Smoothie is an intense conditioning treatment for normal to dry hair made from a super-rich emulsion of shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil. Calming chamomile aids in taming of frizzy, unmanageable hair, while the fragrant Tui blend of guava, mango, and passion fruit tantalize the senses.” (source)

The truth:
Wow, this stuff smells delicious….and my hair adores it!

What I loved about it: I love love loooove the smell. Think of a sweet mango mixed with honey and raspberries. Random, I know but this stuff is delicious.

What I didn’t like:
It is a little on the pricey side.

Overall: Wowsers. My hair loves this Intense Conditioning Treatment. Like…..a lot. After shampooing my hair I apply a generous amount of the Tui Hair Smoothie all over and let it sit in a shower cap. Because I have super dry hair, I usually have to apply some olive oil as well. After rinsing out, my hair is soft. And it smells divine!


I wish this you could get this scent in a lotion. Now that would be dope!

Stay tuned for more Carol’s Daughter reviews. This review will also appear on my hair blog: LocRocker.com.

Tried this? Love ‘em? Want ‘em?

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Scrub & Lotion

Hello beautiful people!

If there is one brand of products that I get the most requests for review, it is Carol’s Daughter. Please oh please forgive me for just now getting to that.

But better late than never. In the next few weeks, you will see Carol’s Daughter reviews pop up quite frequently on Clumps of Mascara. I can just feel your enthusiasm. LOL!

Check out the reviews:

Almond Cookie Sea Salt
Body Scrub



Price: 4 out of 5 ($18 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Smooth your skin with pure sea salt blended with almond, vanilla, and sandalwood for a warm, sweet scent that gets you glowing. This glorious scrub makes layering this delicious scent, pure pleasure.” (source)

The truth:
What a yummy and delicious scrub!

What I loved about it: I love that there isn’t any mineral oil or petroleum in it. I mean…this is great! Mineral oil clogs the pores and petroleum leaves that oily residue that makes for a serious slip and fall in the shower.

What I didn’t like:
I wish the packaging wasn’t so bulky. It doesn’t fit comfortably in the shower and if you don’t latch the top all the way….mess galore!

Overall: At first glance, you may get turned off by the oils sitting on top of the scrub.


But don’t! Sink your hands beyond the essential oils and you will hit the decadent scrub!


I love it. It really really realllly exfoliates well for me. I’m not sure if I would recommend this for sensitive skin gals as it was a bit abrasive but it worked beautifully for me. I love that the smell isn’t too overpowering. It leaves your skin silky smooth with just a faint smell of almond cookies. I have never really been a fan of smelling like food but even I can deal with this! I do think the price is a little hefty but scrubs last for a while so it’s a good investment. And the packaging makes for great storing after the scrub is done!

Next up….

Almond Cookie Body Butter

Price: 3 out of 5 ($28 from Sephora.com-online only!)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims:
“A rich, luxurious moisturizer for very dry skin, with a delicious scent of sweet almonds, vanilla, and sandalwood. ” (source)

The truth:
Not a bad follow-up to the Almond Cookie scrub! If you can take the super strong smell.

What I loved about it: It isn’t overly greasy! A great deal of body butters are. It’s like, “Yeah….I know I have dry skin but that doesn’t mean I want to be all oil slick-ish.” I love that I don’t get that feeling.

What I didn’t like:
Ohmigoodness….it is strong! I mean, it smells good but the smell is just TOO strong.

Overall: What’s not to love about a beautiful little body butter that has an almond sitting on top of it?



I mean, how cute is that? I almost wanted to eat it. I know, “Eww Brit,” is right. LOL! The body butter feels excellent on the skin. I mean, luscious!

With it being summertime, I probably wouldn’t wear it during the day but it is perfect for pampering at night. And it is exceptional on those dry areas…you know, elbows, knees and feet. It’s great! But as mentioned, the smell is just a little too much for me.

I think both the scrub and body butter are pretty good but if you had to get just one, I would go with the scrub. It is truly an “experience”.

I wish Carol’s Daughter products weren’t so expensive. A great deal of us love the idea of all-natural skincare products but don’t like the pretty penny behind them.

Have you tried any of these products? Snag ‘em now at Sephora!

Oh….I did a quick video 4-minute video review too. Please disregard when I say “Apple”. LOL, so random!

 


Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie goodies! from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

 

ETA:

CAROL’S DAUGHTER TAKES NEW ORLEANS BY STORM

OPENING THEIR POP-UP STORE IN THE HEART OF THE FRENCH QUARTER

 

Just in time for the Fourth of July Music Festival, Carol’s Daughter will be opening its fifth annual Pop-Up Store in New Orleans. From July 1st to July 5th, Carol’s Daughter fans will be able to shop their favorite store in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

 

Designed to replicate existing Carol’s Daughter boutiques, the temporary location will feature an array of celebrity appearances, in-store specials and events, product giveaways and more. Founder Lisa Price will also be at the store, where consumers will have the opportunity to hear her story and learn about how her love of fragrances helped lead her to where she is today.

I soooo want to go!! If you have the opportunity to visit, please let me know how it was!

 

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