EcoTools Brushes – The Best Makeup Brush Brand Everrrr!

Oh darlings, you’re in for a treat. I’ve partnered with EcoTools to bring you a series of posts that will introduce some of EcoTools latest and most popular items. My budget beauty lovers will be alllllll over this. In the 9 years that Clumps of Mascra has been chugging along (OMG, has it really been THAT long?) there’s been one brand that I have consistently purchased and enjoyed. 

And guess who it is?

EcoTools brushes

Yessssss, girl. I’m not lying when I say if there is ANY brand that that will fulfill your makeup brushes needs with STELLAR brushes, it’s them. And I know it’s not easy out there. There are sooooo many brands working hard to get your attention. I’ve spent a small fortune in the makeup brushes department and was always under the impression that I had to spend all of my coins on quality brushes. Wrong, y’all. So wrong.

And that’s when I met and fell in love with EcoTools.

EcTools makeup brushes

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My First Ever Facial at T-Secret

T-Secret Facial

Here I am having just turned 30, been immersed in the beauty world for almost 8 years and last month was my first time having a facial. How insane is that? I’ve had a slew of fabulous massages and body treatments. I’ve waxed this, colored that, plucked and experienced fabulous manicures and pedicures. So why am I just NOW having a facial? One reason, y’all…

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Can The Wonder Cloth Replace Makeup Remover?

Imagine a world without makeup remover. In this world, you wouldn’t have to deal with buying and re-buying your makeup remover. You wouldn’t have to worry about it accidentally spilling in your luggage during trips. You wouldn’t have to spend countless dollars on cotton swabs, balls and rounds. In this world, a simple piece of cloth would remove every ounce of your makeup saving you time and money. I was graciously sent a sample of this  cloth to test drive.

Say hello to The Wonder Cloth, y’all.

The Wonder Cloth

Probably designed by a makeup junkie like me, The Wonder Cloth claims to be an all natural makeup remover. Not only does it promise to thoroughly remove makeup with water alone, it says it also cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Um, yeah. Okay. Just call me Skeptical Sally.

TWC

Wonder Cloth

The cloth contains 60% Rayon and 40% Cotton and it’s a pretty decent size…

The Wonder Cloth Clumps of Mascara

Clean The Wonder Cloth

It feels incredibly soft too.

I would gladly trade my lint-y pals for this baby here. I figured the best way to test this was to put on a full face of makeup and see if The Wonder Cloth could remove everything. I used the most pigmented lippy that I could find. That’s OCC’s Pretty Boy

The Wonder Cloth before

The Wonder Cloth after removing makeup.

Dirty Wonder Cloth

My findings:
-While it feels soft on the face, I couldn’t use this for exfoliation. It isn’t tough enough.
-It removed foundation and blush easily. But then against, do would a regular washcloth.
-Mascara was tough to remove as was eyeliner. I got a good chunk of it of but still needed to follow up with my regular makeup remover.
-The OCC Lip Tar stained the cloth. Womp.
-This is a one time use product. I would only feel comfortable using this once before tossing it in the washer.

Does it work? I guess. But I found it to be most comparable to an average wash cloth – just a lot smoother. It definitely feels great on the face and it removed some traces of makeup but I wouldn’t trade it for my makeup remover.

Ah well. You can grab this baby at Amazon and even Bed, Bath & Beyond. Mama Clumps said she’s seen it at her local Walgreens as well.

The glorious liquid gold from M.Steves

M.Steve's Boost

It’s been a lil’ minute since I’ve shown y’all what skincare products I am currently using. Of course I’m always testing something but every now and then a product makes its way into my medicine cabinet and just doesn’t leave. I got this wonderful bottle of M.Steve’s Ultra-Nourishing Boost with Rose Hip Seed Oil to review and I’m really wondering where this liquid gold has been all of my life

Random Fact: In the lactating world, breast milk is also called liquid gold. So much so that any woman who has accidentally spilled a bottle of the stuff has been known to have a full out breakdown. Fo reals. But back to the ‘facial’ liquid gold. I really really dig this stuff. And I can’t believe this is my gateway product into the M.Steves brand. Are you familiar with them?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost

The brand was founded by Mally Steves Chakola and each product focuses on tackling aging concerns. I typically don’t review anti-aging products but sometimes  when I find one to be so freaking awesome, I can’t help but ring the alarm about it. What’s so fab about this oil? I mean, it’s an oil. How is it different from the other thousands of oils out there? I’m so glad you asked.

-It’s lightweight (perfect for those hot summer days and nights).
-It can be combined with other beauty stuffs (like your foundation).
-A little goes a long way.
-It’s fragrance-free. Perfect for fragrance haters like yours truly.
-It’s hydrating without being greasy.
-It’s vegan!

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost back

This glorious oil has made its way to the M.Steves line simply because it has been known to firm and smooth fine lines. Okay, I don’t have those yet but honey, I’m all about preventative care. I will be keeping this bottle of lusciousness nearby. It’s not cheap though. It’ll run you a good $64 but hey, you know how I feel about investing in skincare. Some things you can’t put a price on. Ya dig?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost in hand

Check out M.Steves for some of their awesome anti-aging products. I kinda want everything because the packaging is just adorbs!

True Life: I put gel on my face. And I liked it.

My love for NUANCE Salma Hayek products continue. I hosted a party on behalf of the brand a few weeks back (post coming soon) and now I’ve gone from liking the brand to being totally obsessed. I mean, what’s not to love? The products are affordable, easy to find and they are preservative-free. This CVS-exclusive brand has quickly become one of my favorite brands and it’s because their products always feel high-end.

Like this gel cleanser…

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

Man, this stuff is fantastic. I’ve been using it for a month now and it is absolutely wonderful. I spotted this at one of my CVS’s (but haven’t seen it at any others) and I can’t believe I waited so long to try it. Both oily and dry skin lovers can get behind this because it’s hydrating, soothing and cleansing. I know people are suspicious about cleansers that don’t foam up but you really don’t need suds to thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

And yeah, I can be a lover of the suds too but this cleanser is just ridiculously refreshing. Especially on these too hot to think Florida days.

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser promises

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel ingredients

Pro’s

-It feels cooling. If you’ve got sunburned skin, this will feel so good on your skin.
-A little goes a long way.
-The woodsy fragrance is niiiiice. And because of that, men may like this cleanser too.
-It thoroughly cleanses the skin. I checked by using a makeup remover after using the cleanser.
-Great and gentle enough for acne prone skin.

Con’s

-The lack of suds may have you questioning if your skin is really cleansed.
-It is not suitable for cleaning off waterproof makeup. You’ll need a makeup remover for that.
-May not be available at your CVS.
-It’s a tad bit pricey for a drugstore face cleanser.

 

Cost– $9.99
Where To Buy – CVS stores and CVS.com.
Do I recommend it? – Yep, I think it’s fantastic!

 

Have you tried any of the Nuance skincare products yet? Oh! And if you haven’t checked out the cleansing wipes, ooooohmiiiigoodness, you better get on it. Stat!

My obsession with coconut continues with Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Guess who is going out of town for an overnight trip (sans baby) later this month?! Meeeee! Quick overnight trips can be more difficult than longer ones because you’ve got to prep yourself for dealing with airplanes, hotels, ground transportation and meetings all in 2 days. But if I can do that while 9 weeks pregnant and dreadfully ill I know I can do it now. I’m getting a head start on packing my cosmetic bag and I am soooo throwing these Pacifica Wipes up in there. I got these babies for review and I know I’ve featured several cleansing wipes before but I am so lovin’ on these.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes 2

For one, they are vegan! Wooo hoo! I’m no vegan but I tend to only regularly use vegan skincare products. And not just to be cool but because my skin acts crazy with products with a ton of mess in ’em. So yeah, these are great because they are without the yucky ingredients.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes mission

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ingredients

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes rocks

And they’re cheap too. $6 for 20 wipes is a darn good deal for wipes that you plan to keep in your travel bag. The packaging is great too…

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes pacakaging

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes open

The hard plastic lid closes securely enough to keep the cloths moist. WIN! I should really dabble more into Pacifica products. They are my kind of brand!

 

PROS’s

-You don’t need water for these. Just pull from the package and wipe face.
-They do a great job at removing makeup too! Especially eyeliner and face powders.
-Affordable! $6? C’mon, that’s nothing!
-Skin feels great after use, not too try and they don’t leave an oily residue either.
-Easy to find! You can get these from Target or PacificaPerfume.com.

CON’S

-The packaging says that “all natural” fragrance is used but that seems ridiculously vague.
-They are a bit lint-y. So while they do great at removing eyeliner, I’d rather use my own makeup remover with lint-free pads.
-The coconut fragrance is nice and dissipates quickly but it may be a bit too strong for some.

 

Yeeppp, I’m lovin’ these! Can’t wait to try more products from Pacifica!

A Bead-y Bead-y Radiant Glow Face Powder!

Some products are just too pretty to touch. They have no business being in the hands of clumsy folx like me. Take this Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder for example. I got it for review some time ago.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder up close

Pretty, huh? These aren’t innovative. They’ve been around for quite some time but this is my first time owning and using a bead-y powder type deal. Can I be honest? I think I enjoy looking at these more than I like using them. Craziness, I know. These little bits of magic bring me so much joy just by looking at them.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder in hand

I really don’t even need to apply them to my face to be happy. And you’re probably like, “What the heck is this for anyway, B?”. Welp. Good question… Think of it as an add-on AFTER you’ve applied your makeup. If your foundation is set, blush is in place and the lips are all glossed up, this baby will take your cheeks to the next level. Of course it’s not necessary but a little extra glow ain’t never hurt nobody.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder macro

Nope. I found the glow to be far too fair for my complexion. Instead of a glow, I got a bit of an ashy wash of color. Oh boo. Can’t win ’em all, B. Can’t win ’em all. I know. All cosmetics aren’t made for all complexions and so I don’t think this one suits me best. I don’t care though. I still love looking in the tin and rolling it around my hand. I’m weird like that. Don’t judge me. I dare you to NOT stare at these beads.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder packaging

Beauty Stats

Price: $32
Where To Buy: TooFaced.com
Is it worth it?: It definitely isn’t an necessity in your daily makeup routine. Is it fun to have? Sure! My darker sisters may struggle with getting glow though.

Soooo is anyone else a sucker for packaging?

3 More Reasons To Love Urban Decay…their brushes!

First of all, why am I just now discovering that Urban Decay has amazing brushes? I feel like it’s a little known secret. Do people know how great these brushes are? I mean, my goodness…I feel like shouting it from the rooftops! But I’ll settle for shouting it on my blog instead. 😎 I got these for review and can’t stop rolling them over my face.

Urban Decay brushes

They are just so wooooonderful and soft and just…I mean, whoa! What’s to review? Why can’t I just say: “These are awesome. Buy them.”? And leave it at that?

Urban Decay Good Karma brushes in hand

I guess I COULD do that. But y’all would hate me for it, uh? Welp. Okay then…let’s do a quick review of each brush. And let’s start with that Good Karma Blush Brush.

Urban Decay Good Karma blush brush

Cost: $32 from Urban Decay.com.
Intended uses: To be used for applying blush, powders, bronzers and highlighters.
Is it effective?: Absolutely! What a wonderful brush to use daily. It feels incredibly soft and allows for great distribution right up under or on those cheekbones. And did I mention that she feels realllllly soft?

Good Karma Shading Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma shading brush

Cost: $26 at UrbanDecay.com.
Intended Uses: To assist with contouring and applying eyeshadow on the crease.
Is it effective?: This is the perfect brush to use for really blending out that crease. Even if you don’t have much of a crease or have to fake one. Ahem, like I do. I love that the brush is stiff enough to really GET in the crease but it’s soft enough to eyeshadow a nice airbrushed look.

Good Karma Shadow Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow brush

Cost: $26 at UrbanDecay.com
Intended Uses: To apply eyeshadow of course, silly!
Is it effective?: Yep! But I like this more for applying powder/loose eyeshadows. This brush dipped in whatever you use to make your loose shadows creamy and then applied to the lid is glorious. It’s a stiffer brush so I didn’t find it as useful when applying pan eyeshadows.

Reasons #493, #494 and #495 to love Urban Decay. That is all.

Have you tried any UD brushes?