Mascara Monday: Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara

Here’s a mascara that was requested ages ago! Now I’ve heard of volume mascaras. And colored mascaras. And waterproof mascaras. But GLOSSY mascaras? I mean shouldn’t “gloss” only be used when talking about lippies? I don’t knowww…let’s see how this train rolls.

Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara


Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.00)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Gel-based formula defines lashes naturally. Lengthens, glosses, enhances. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats.” (source)

The truth: Well, what do ya know? It really is glossy!

What I loved about it: I gave me a good amount of length.

What I didn’t like: But I would have loved more volume.

Overall: When someone first told me that I should try a glossy mascara, I thought they were trying to be funny. I mean, honestly…what does that mean? A mascara with gloss? Uh? Wha? It sounds funny in speech but honestly…..this is a pretty cool mascara.

But you’d have to ask yourself…”When would I ever need to use a glossy mascara?” I couldn’t answer that question. From far away, you really can’t tell the difference between a glossy mascara and an un-glossy one. The silky effect is pretty cool but I guess I don’t see its point.

But who cares? There are a lot of “Uh?” products in the beauty world that I love! Application of this mascara was just so so. The wand was just…well….no me gusta.

It’s just….well, I guess its intentions are to coat and not separate and that’s fine but, hmmm but it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I had to really press the wand up against my lashes to get a good amount of mascara on them.

BUT–after that ordeal, all else was easy as pie. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumpiness. It’s a light weight mascara so it doesn’t make you feel like you have 3 lb weights on your lashes. Cool!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Ummm…not for anyone in particular. I mean, if you happen to grab it, I think you’ll like it. But it’s not a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara?

And when would you ever be in the mood for glosssy lashes? Hmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,


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Because the sun doesn’t discriminate…

See this?

This is brown skin. It is melanin-enriched. Many of us brown girls think that just because our skin is darker that it creates some kind of barrier against the sun. And in a sense, it does. So I guess us brown girls don’t even need to wear sunscreen.

“Girl, please.”

The sun does not discriminate. Brown girls have to protect their skin just as much as the lighter girls. And for some reason, most of us did not grow up thinking this. We couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone of ALL shades needs to protect their skin. From the fair ladies to the ebony mamas….protecting the skin is a MUST.

Each summer I experiment with different sunscreens for the face.

Meet the trio!

First up….

Olay Complete All Day moisture lotion SPF 15
($7.29-drugstores nationwide)


Olay Complete is no stranger to Clumps of Mascara. I’ve raved about this moisturizer before. And I won’t stop. My skin absolutely adores Olay Complete. For reasons unknown my skin has been acne-prone beyond belief within the past year or so. This moisturizer does not irritate my skin, clog my pores or leave me with that white film that most lotions with SPF have. Aaaand, it’s okay to wear every single day–which I do! When rubbed in, it looks like this…

Perfecto! This baby will always be a staple in my skin care routine.

Next uuuup

Rx for Brown Skin Protect and Defend
moisturizing sunscreen

($20-click here for more info/purchase)



I am quite the Rx for Brown Skin fan. Products made specifically for skin like mine is right up my alley! When my skin goes through its dry spells, I use this! It is thicker than Olay Complete so I’m not sure how well it would work for oily skin. The good news is, it absorbs well so you aren’t left with a sticky or greasy feeling. I wish it didn’t smell SO sunscreen-y. It is a little overpowering for everyday use but this is something I’m willing to get over to protect my skin. It goes on pretty thick….


But after a good rubbing in session…


…..I am good to go! That white residue from sunscreen drives me up a wall! Don’t have that problem here.

And lastly…

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream
($17.50-Clinique.com–click here for deets)

Oh yes….when I’m going to be taking in a LOT of sun, I have to bring out the yellow tube with higher SPF. Clinique’s Sun Protection products are a must have if you are a Clinique skincare fan. Which, of course, I am…. This smells extremely sunscreen-y but it’s a smell that doesn’t bother me anymore–simply because I know I HAVE to wear it. Now….this baby is going to take a ton of rubbing in to get rid of the white residue.


And even after it’s gone, it leaves me a little greasy.


But honestly? It doesn’t bother me because it stays put, doesn’t run in my eyes when I swim and my skin doesn’t have any bad reactions to it. So heyyyy!! No complaining from me.

Brown girls….where ya’ll at? Please oh please tell me you are rocking sunscreen EVERYDAY. And if you’re not….do you feel the burn from my cyber side-eye?

I want to hear from everyone rocking sunscreen…what’s your favorite?

Brown Skin Protector,

ETA: ….but is your sunscreen SAFE for you? Thanks to reader Rachel for sharing this link. It investigates sunscreens and tells you what’s safe….and what’s not. I will be making some changes!

Skin Break-out Regimen

It’s that time again…..break-out season!

My skin and I have a love-hate relationship. Meaning I ALWAYS love it but it seems to hate me every now and then. For as long as I can remember I have always had break-outs. They are sporadic and usually….bad. I can go a few months without a breakout but when they come, they are AWFUL.

Lately I have been dealing with one of the worst. I’m talkin‘ oily T-zone and pimples galore on my cheeks and chin. Pimples alone are a hassle to deal with. If I’m not trying to prevent them, I am tackling them. If I’m not tackling them, I am dealing with the after effects…..those ugly dark post-pimple marks.

*sigh*

It’s a chore to say the least but if there is one thing I am dedicated to it is clear and healthy skin.

So what’s my break-out bustin‘ regimen? Glad you asked, kids!

First up is my beloved tea tree oil.

I can’t say enough about this essential oil. It truly is a pimple poppin‘ machine. A dab of this on my pimples at night and they are dried up by morn. No joke. It doesn’t smell pretty but this natural antiseptic will always be in my medicine cabinet. You can find out more about tea tree oil HERE.

[NOTE: Tea tree oil should NOT be used all over the face. A simple dab on a pimple should be enough. This is some powerful stuff, kids so if you do want to use it all over, use it with a carrier oil.]

So I’ve zapped the pimples but to keep my skin under control, I need a cleanser that gives me a squeaky clean. Ta da!


I absolutely ADORE Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soap in the liquid form. This castille soap in peppermint gives me a deep cleanse and the peppermint soothes my skin and gives me an extra tingle that I can feel in my pores. I also love that it is an all natural product that contains nothing but wonderful additivies. See….


Did I mention that I also use this AND tea tree oil for my hair? Multi-purpose all natural products? I love it!

So I’ve popped the pimples and am preventing future ones but how do I get rid of those nasty dark spots?


Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone corrector ($39.50…read more about it HERE). I actually just started using this product. I am reviewing it for Clinique’s Insider Club and am excited to see the results. Of course I will update the Clumps of Mascara family but I am already impressed at how smooth it leaves my skin. Getting rid of those dark spots during and shortly after a break-out will always be a part of my skin regime.

These products combined will help get my skin back on track and I will be back to sporting concealer and blush in no time.

How do you combat the break-outs?

…and if you say you don’t have any—I don’t like you.

LOL, yall know I’m kidding. But really, is your skin usually on its best behavior or does it stay on the trips like mine?

Tell me!

Clear skin to all and to all a good day,

Come back later today to see the latest contest winner. It could be YOU!

This Day in Black History:

1926-Carter G. Woddson started Negro History Week.
This week would later become Black History Month.

FOTD Friday: Clinique’s Holiday GWP


I’ve always been a Clinique skincare girl. But since getting into make-up (like a year ago, ha!) I never really looked twice at them for pretty lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes. I managed to scoop up a few of their eye pencils and maybe even a gloss here or there but I never had any crazy indulgences. It wasn’t until I heard about Nordstrom’s Trina Turk gift with purchase that made me want to scratch that Clinique itch a little more. I literally fleewww to Nordie’s here in Orlando.

Spend $25 and look at all of the fabulousness you get:

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1.7 oz.)
Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift Firming Cream (0.5 oz.)
Lash Doubling Mascara (0.14 oz.)
Long Last Lipstick in Blush Coral
Bamboo Pink glosswear
Color Surge eye shadow/duo
silver lipstick case

…..how I ended up with that extra lipstick, I don’t know. But you don’t hear me complaining!

What did I purchase to snag those goodies?

Quickliner for Eyes in Navy ($14.50)
Long Last glosswear in Mystic ($14.50)

The best lipgloss in the market, in my opinion? Clinique’s glosswear! Not lyin’. This is actually my third one and I LOVE the staying power of these babies here.

I know that many women of color may think that Clinique’s shadows and blushes are not brown girl friendly. I, too, thought the same thing for awhile so I thought I’d do a FOTD using all Clinique products to convince some of you, pretty people otherwise.

I decided to do a look using these shadows and blush.

I also used some of my other favorite Clinique products:

EYES:

Colour Surge eye shadow (lid)
Almost Peach eye shadow (as a highlight. My FAVORITE highlight of all time!)
Bewitched eye shadow (to deepen crease)
Brush-On Cream liner in Black
Quick Liner pencil in Navy
Lash Doubling mascara (this is a niiiice mascara, I approve!)

LIPS:
Clinique Twilight Nude lipstick
Clinique Mystic long last glosswear


…I went a little heavy on the blush so that it would show up on the camera. I am loooving this smooth matte pink.

Serious


Silly

…I was trying to hide my bra strap from the camera but got it on the other side. I am a mess, people.

So that’s that….I found that Clinique’s shadows were extremely workable. Were they pigmented? Absolutely! Especially that frosty gold. I think it works well on the brown skin. What say you, beautiful people?

If there has ever been a time that you wanted to play around with Clinique’s…now is the time! Head on over to your nearest Nordstrom’s stat!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara Review

Happy Monday, beauties! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. It’s another Mascara Monday. You all know by now the purpose of Mascara Mondays. To fiiiind….

THE BEST MASCARA EVER

(echoes)

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Yessss, it is that serious. This time around I reviewed Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara. Was it as powerful as it proclaimed to be?

You ready to find out?

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear. One stroke and these pretty lashes last through rain, sweat, humidity, tears. Yet the formula removes easily with warm water. Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest lashes. Ophthalmologist tested, too.


The truth: Well….it ain’t lyin’.


What I loved about it: Ummm, okay, so it really does last! I’m impressed. It was a bit flaky, so I’m thinkin’ I shouldn’t put it on so heavy. And I absolutely adore the brush. This is my ideal mascara brush. It is thin to where it can get alll of my lashes, top and bottom.

What I didn’t like: Well, it doesn’t provide volume or much length, but it looks great when applied on top of my current HG mascara.

Overall: This is one mascara that actually does what it says it is going to do. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t give me sooooome volume. But then again, it didn’t say that it would. I got minimal curl but not enough to make me want to wear it by itself. Somehow I’ve developed allergies at the age of 23 (crazy, uh?) and this mascara was able to withstand the constant eye rub. But it really does stand strong all day and comes off easily with warm water. Fab! So if you are the type of lady that runs around all day and needs something that can keep up with you…this is right up your alley.

What do you think about this mascara? And help your girl out…what other mascaras should I review? I’m open to reviewing drugstore and high-end brands. Send your requests to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

[photo courtesy: Clinique.com]