Stila Barbie Smudge Pots

Y’all know I’m a Stila girl. It’s no surprise really. I enjoy many of their products and have hailed the Lip glaze as one of my favorite glosses on the market. Which says a lot considering there are A LOT of glosses on the market.

And my crazy self feels as if I need to review them all. HA!

But I digress.

I had my eyes on these smudge pots since I first got the press release about them. The colors just called my name. I don’t have many gel liners despite my affinity for them. I love Lancome‘s and MAC’s Fluidlines have always been a staple for me. L’Oreal HIP’s are a bit dry and Clinique’s are too smudge-y.

I find that Stila’s smudge pots work great not only as bases but as liners are well. And look how beautiful the Barbies collection ones are!

Stila’s smudge pots are hot stuff. I tweeted a photo of them when I was in Miami.

(l-r)
Little Black Dress (it has pink sparkles in it!)
Cobalt Clutch
Purple Pumps

Purple Pumps is the greatest thing since….I don’t know, it’s just great! I’ve been wearing it almost every day I’ve had it. I have never seen such a beautiful purple cream liner.

I even wore it at Blogalicious ’09 this past weekend.

I cut out my homie Luvvie of that photo but
I’ll re-post it with her fabulous self in it. :)

I’m in love the smudge pots. I’ll be back showing you how fabulous Cobalt Clutch looks. In the meantime, check them out here. You can snag them from Sephora, Sephora.com or Stila.com for $20/each.

A fan of Stila smudge pots? Have these? Want these?

50 million pound challenge: Eat This, Not THAT!


Time to check in, sisters! So far the Mascara Mamas team has 9 members! I’m so excited. Thanks for joining. You too can join and be a part.

When it comes to managing weight, I find that it is best if I am realistic. I tailor dietary ideas to fit my lifestyle. Hence why these books are my best friends.

Yes, I have ALL three of them and I love them. Especially when traveling. When I can’t make a green smoothie 0r bake kale chips, I am flipping through one of these books to see what I can eat on the go that won’t kill me. Loves it! I’ll do a formal review on these babies in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out these books. I find that they are a great little addition to a weight loss plan.

Anyone read these?

See you at next week’s check-in!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Truth Collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Your resident Zoya girl has returned with another review. This time I’m reviewing the Truth from the Truth and Dare Fall 2009 collection. It’s a 2 part collection 12 polishes….and I’m tellin’ you…there is somethin’ for everyone.

Seeeee….


Ohhhh, how pretty are these babies? I must warn you…my pictures do not do them any justice. I tried photographing them in the light. And I tried photographing them with my camera’s flash. They still come out pretty funky. In fact the most accurate the colors are in the photos above.

Ready? Let’s go!

Penny is described as a golden metallic shimmer. This is one color I didn’t think I would like when I first saw it. I’ve never been a fan of gold nail polishes on warmer skin tones. But Penny works well for me. In fact, I REALLY like her.


Kalmia is described as a red and gold shimmer. Not bad! Quite an interesting color.

Anaka is described as a shimmery hot pink. Of course I love it. This color is awesome!!! She is pretty dupe-able so I don’t consider her a must have but the nail polish addict in me can never have too many colors like this.



Isla is described as blackened red shimmer have always. I LOVE this color. Isla will definitely be one of my Holiday ’09 colors. Simply stunning.


I am missing Drew and Salma. Would you believe these chicks could not be located in time for the personal photoshoots? They were ready to go for the group picture but disappeared soon after. *sigh*

I like this collection. It isn’t my FAVORITE from Zoya but it’s one of those collections that will appeal to everyone. I think Isla is a total must have. Anaka too. Her hot pink shimmer is fabulous!

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems. I mean….do I ever with Zoya? I used Zoya’s Anchor base coat but I did not use any top coats.

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com.

What do you think? Own any of these? Want ‘em or not so much?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash

Veteran Clumps readers know that I love me some Dove. Not too long ago and sang praises to the Visibly Smooth deodorant. Now it’s time to shout like mad for their newest body wash. Am I exaggerating or is it really the bomb diggity? Check the review…


Dove Nutrium Body Wash

Price: 5 out of 5 (12 oz for $4.99-$7.99)
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:

“• Repairs and maintains skin’s protective layer during cleansing
• Unlike moisturizers in other body washes, Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish and nourish

• Clinically proven to significantly reduce dryness and improve moisturization” (source)

The truth:
Well, it’s from Dove so you already know it’s a wonderfully smooth and smells oh so clean.

What I loved about it: It feels soooo smooth!


What I didn’t like: Not much to NOT like. Affordable? Effective? Easy to find? That makes me one happy and clean lady!

Overall: Most of us are all too familiar with Dove, the brand. If you haven’t tried their body washes, then you’ve probably tried their soaps, hair products or deodorants. I don’t know many people who have bad experiences with Dove. Aside from keeping moisture one of their top priorities when it comes to skin care, they are also very conscious about taking care of the sensitive skin peeps of the world. Gotta love that.

The idea behind this new body wash is the introduction of NutriumMoisture technology. You can read more about it here but basically it allows moisture to get deep down in the skin instead of just sitting on top. Kinda like this…..
Pretty friggin ‘awesome, right? I’ve been looking forward to this luscious stuff after every work-out.
The nozzle….
Ohhh, creamy baybeeee….
And it still stays creamy after hittin’ water.
Love iiiiit. It comes in Deep Moisture, Gentle Exfoliating and Sensitive Skin.
You can find these anywhere Dove products are sold.
Are you a Dove lover? Tried this yet? Whatcha think?

Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

I will PayPal 50 cents to the first person who can pronounce L’Occitane correctly. Skype me now! LOL, I’m kidding really but I won’t even tell y’all what I first called this glorious brand of soaps when I first saw a store in Orlando’s Mall of Millenium. Just so there is no confusion, it is pronounced….
Locks-a-ton

I am right, aren’t I? HA! Anyway—I HAVE to share with you the wonderfulness (is that a word?) that is this oil. I bet you’ll be double clicking your mouse like mad trying to order it online after reading my review. Words really can’t do it justice but *deep breath* I’m going to try!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 3 out of 5 (2.5 oz for $8 and 8.4 oz for $22)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Transforms into a lavish, softening foam–original and unique in texture–that leaves a satin-like softness all over the body. Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids. Cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume. Keep handy in bath or shower as an extra-pampering alternative to Shea Butter Soap and our fragrance Soap. Suitable for men and women.” (source)

The truth:
What in the….how does oil foam up? It’s magic, I tell ya!!

What I loved about it: The foaming action, the smell, the packaging, wooooow.

What I didn’t like:
Now y’all know I’m going to complain about the price. That’s just my nature. I’m a budget-conscious mama so I can’t help it. The price is a little “wowsers” but I can’t even shower without this stuff now so I have to save up to keep repurchasing it.

Overall: L’Occitane is one of those brands that you may not know much about unless you know someone who uses the products an loves french soaps. L’Occitane is French-based company with a dynamic story. Most importantly, they understand the importance of natural and organic infusions in beauty; namely skincare. I could preach all day about this company but you can get your learn on by reading up about them here.

So with this being my first L’Occitane product I can proudly say, I can not WAIT to dabble around with some of their other products. This almond shower oil is amazing! How can something so light an weightless bring so much joy in the shower?
I’ll show you….
The nozzle of the oil looks like this:


It distrbutes the right amount of oil in the palm of your hand. When it first pours out, it looks like your average oil. It has the consistency of extra virgin olive oil.
It is golden yellow in color and decadent in smell. I love that it isn’t TOO strong. I like to use this after a body wash and the two scents never clash.
Spread the oil around a bit and it gets a little thick. It gives you that same feeling you would get if you, say….applied too much body wash to your skin. See!
A bit more rubbing around and what do you get? Foaming homie goodness!



Yeah, don’t ask me how that happens but it feels absolutely amazing on the skin. Oils already feel great when you apply them but on warm and wet skin in the shower? Giiiiirl, it gives me life, I tell ya! And when you rinse it off, your skin is left smooth and feels revived. This is the next best thing to a trip to the spa.

Until you step out of the shower and realize you’re late for work. HA!
I.Love.It. Immensely, that is. L’Occitane=french soap heaven and I can’t wait to play around with more of their soaps.
Have you tried this oil? Or anything else from L’Occitane?
Whatcha think?

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!

Mascara Monday: Lancome Oscillation

The Mascara Bin has been a tad bit incomplete. How can I neglect reviewing one of THEE most innovative mascaras out on the market right now? Lancome’s Oscillation is the first vibrating mascara to go mainstream. Is it really worth the $35 price tag? Hmmm…check out the review!
Lancome Oscillation mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (around $34.00 )

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

What it claims: ” Press the button and experience a breakthrough sensation in application. In one easy new gesture, let the vibrating brush combined with an exquisitely smooth formula wrap every lash up to 360 degrees.” (source)

The truth:
I see why this mascara is so expensive. You really do get what you pay for. The wand is great too. Small enough to get those little corners and perfect for my smaller lashes sisters.


What I loved about it: I got super long lashes. I mean I was impressed!

What I didn’t like: The price is a bit steep for a mascara. Even if it works well. And especially if you have to toss it every three months.


Overall: Finally!! I am so delayed on reviewing this mascara. It has been out for months and I am JUST now getting to it. I’ll be honest—I had a bit of an attitude with Lady Oscillation simply because she was so expensive. I haven’t been into make-up THAT long but in all of my years, I never heard of a mascara being more than $20. Granted, I am bit of drugstore diva. But still.

Simply put, Oscillation is amazing! There is hype for this $34 mascara for a reason. My lashes have never looked so long before! I’m serious. Your lashes are coated evenly which give you a good amount of volume. And the wand is ideal for separation. I love that it is water-resistant and um, clumps? Nope….I didn’t experience any. The only compliant that I can think of that people may have with Oscillation is that it is a little heavy on the lashes. This wasn’t a problem for me, but I can see how it can be an issue for others.
Another thing about Oscillation is that one coat does the trick. In the photos below I only used one coat. I find that vibrating mascaras work best with only one coat. Two and three are a little TOO much, in my opinion. That and you risk running into clumps. Oscillation’s vibrating wand has 7,000 oscillations a minute and you feel every bit of it. If your eyes tend to water easily, you may endure some watering with small strokes of Oscillation.
And I’m sure you’re wondering how Oscillation compares to Maybelline’s Pulse Perfection; the drugstore vibrating mascara. I compared the two a bit in my video but will do a formal review soon. Stay tuned for that!
The button that starts the action!





Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)





Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


My shocked face!

This bad boy even comes with directions…..

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!


–let me know what you think about that video. I’m using iMovie for the first time and am still trying to get the hang of it.
So what do you think? You want it? Got it? Love it? Hate? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

NYC Siting: Inglot Cosmetics

I am still all over the place with getting together posts from NYC. I am so behind but please hang in there with me.

Before I go into the fabulousness that was the Beauty Blogging event in NYC, I HAVE to tell you about this incredible line of cosmetics that my girl Adina introduced me too.


Inglot Cosmetics is rocking my world in more than one ways. Would you believe I visited this store three times in only two days? Oh yes…Inglot had my heart at the very beginning.

I desperately want to call the brand “Inglowwww” but it is pronounced “Inglot”.

Okay so the name isn’t as attractive as the brand but I promise you…walking in here is like walking in a cosmetic world of wonderfulness.


They have over 20 matte polishes!


Rows and rows of eye shadow colors stared at me.


They had a decent selection of foundations–some even being brown girl friendly!


The saleslady told me that this Poland-based brand actually has more products. They were not all out on the floor because—there wasn’t any space! You, see….Inglot is very new to the United States. 3 weeks old, to be exact.

Already a baby and I have a feeling that they are going to take the cosmetics world by storm. Not because the colors just look “pretty” but because they are uber unique! Check out my mini haul…


I can’t remember the prices but the palette was around $25 and the polish was $10. The gel liner and lippies were somewhere in between. Not bad, uh? And watch!! The palette does tricks!


It is magnetic and stackable, mama! How cool is that? The colors are not only highly pigmented but the palettes are customizeable. You can get trios, quads, quints (haha, is that the word?) and a palette of 10. You pick the colors, they pop them in the palettes. What fun!

*drools* I’m in love with the polishes. Mattes are so in right now and Inglot has a ton of them! I controlled myself and only purchased two. For now…


A rainbow gloss…


…layered on top of a purple lipstick….


Equals the best lip combo EVER! Photos of that coming soon.

I could go on and on about Inglot. And if I’ve got you wanting to snag some of these goodies, cool your jets, sister.

Inglot doesn’t have a formal website just yet. And they only have ONE store in the U.S. and that is in NYC’s Time Square. Bummer for those of us that don’t live there. I can’t wait to see how this brand grows and what surprises they have in store for us.

UK ladies, are you familiar with Inglot? Like it? Love it? Hate it?

Does Inglot catch your attention the way it caught mine?

Check out my video inside of NYC’s Inglot: