Makeup Wars: Our Holiday Metallics

I’ve been asked to join another blog group and I’m all giddy about it because blogging is one thing but being a part of a community is something else. It just wouldn’t be as fun. I am the newest blogger on the Makeup Wars group, a band of bloggers who rally together to do showcase their opinions, recs and pics on a particular topic. It’s fun stuff because within MY post, you can click on over to another blogger’s post. It’s mad cool, yo.

This week we’re rappin’ about holiday metallics and while I’m not much of a metallic-wearin’ gal, I came across some goodies in my beauty stash. I’m going to tryyyyy to incorporate these bad boys throughout the weeks. Maybe I’ll grow to love them. Kinda like corals. OMG, remember how much I hated coral nail polish? Hmm mmm…

MoonRaker from OPI’s Skyfall collection is a fabulous metallic gray.

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And when it comes to metallic shadows on the lids, I am loooooving Urban Decay’s Smoked palette.

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I mean, check out that bottom row of awesomeness. Loaded is my favorite and it is a gorgeouuuus deep emerald shimmer with a metallic base. And when it comes to lips? Y’all know I looooove red. It’s hard to find a fantastic red metallic lipstick (although I think Hourglass Siren is close) so a few years ago, I faked a metallic lip by dapping a bit of hot pink glitter over red lipstick.

Sounds crazy, but I promise you it works. Especially if you’re pairing it with a shimmery metallic gold eyeshadow. POW! That red lip is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb and I don’t even know if they have it anymore. It was hands down one of my favooooorite red lipsticks EVER!

Laugh at me if you want, but I promise it works. I’ve got plans to dabble in more metallic cosmetics so stay tuned for my findings.

Any metallic cosmetics lovers in the house?

CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.

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We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? :razz:

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Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.

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Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.

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Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ‘em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ‘em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.

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Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….

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…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.

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I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!

 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks

Come with meeeee and you’ll be…in a world of pure imagination! Guess that song and I’ll love you forever. And if you don’t know that song, click here and I guarantee that you’ll love me forever. Those lyrics slammed into my forehead the minute I saw these beautiful lipsticks.

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And should I really even call them lipsticks? I’m not sure because they are so insanely smooth that they almost feel like a balm. Their drugstore sister could be Revlon’s Lip Butters except these are creamier and are housed in prettier packaging. No shade to those Revvie  Lip Butters though because they are some kind of awesome. But these, m’dear. These decadent wonders called La Crème Lipsticks are just, well…they’re the bomb diggity. No doubt, baby.

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So what does Sephora have to say about these kids?

“Indulge lips with luxurious color and super moisturizers including white lotus flower and power peptides. This rich formula comes in abundant shades in four essential color ranges: nudes, spices, pinks, and reds. Edited to only the most fashionable shades, it’s impossible to pick just one.” (source)

These lippies are vegan-friendly, paraben-free and creamier than my favorite flavor of gelato. Which, by the way, is pistachio. Too Faced totes 16 various shades of these. Most are on the sheer side but still provide some kind of opaque finish. These are really like nice little treats for the lips because they aren’t only super moisturizing but feel amazing. I’ve got 5 of the shades to show off. But first, tell me how much you love the tube!

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Pretty royalty-licious, uh? They are slimmer than the size of a traditional lipstick so they’ll make for perfect makeup bag toting. Now as far the shades that I’ve got…

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Wowers. They are spectacular.

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Fuchsia Shock,  Honey Bear, Naughty Nude, Razzle Dazzle, Spice Spice Baby

You know my favorite one, right? Fuchsia Shock, of course. Yes, it’s the brightest of the bunch but I found it to be the most wearable for me.

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And I love how it doesn’t require any lipliner. I can just apply and go. It’s such a beautiful raspberry. I dig the other neutral shades too but I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards Spice Spice Baby.

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It’s the perfect nude for me. And a good dude nude is so hard find. :cool:

These retail for $21 a pop so they aren’t your cheapest creamy lipsticks but they are worth every penny. The shade selection is nice, the packaging is impeccable, they are moisturizing and long-lasting AND they’re vegan. I need to go and haul the other 11. Please excuse me, y’all… Oh! You can snag these at Sephora, Sephora.com and TooFaced.com.

 

Stila Harvest Lip Glaze Set. And they’re cheap!

Stila Stila bo bee-laaaaa! I’m so immature, y’all. But you already knew this, right? I don’t know who came up with the idea of being all mature and “appropriate” once you become an adult. Yeah no. Definitely not my philosophy. I’m going to be a kid forever. Weeeee! I’m also going to love Stila’s lip glazes forever too. These things will never stop being awesome to me.

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I’ve actually hailed their lip glazes as one of the BEST lipglosses on the market. Yeah, I know. Pretty epic claim for a beauty blogger who has tried dozens and dozens of lipglosses. But lip glazes rock. And if you haven’t tried ‘em yet, this $12 set may peak your interest.

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Ah haaa…do I have your attention now?  What Stila’s website says about these babies…

“Inspired by the change of seasons and vibrant autumn colors, each Lip Glaze Trio contains an assortment of Stila’s most popular lip gloss in three gorgeous hues that will add a splash of color and glossy shine to lips. The Harvest Set features three exclusive shades to keep your lips glossy and polished with one click of Stila’s iconic pen.” (source)

If you’re going to wear a gloss, it needs to be one that lasts for more than an hour, ya dig? Stila’s lip glazes don’t disappoint as I find them to be pretty long-lasting. And don’t let the lip brush intimidate you.

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For a while I wasn’t a fan of lip brushes because I found them to mess up lip looks that involve lipsticks and lipliners. The trick is to turn the knob at the bottom…

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…get an ample amount and just blot the lips together. I don’t like using the brushes all over the lips. Instead, I put just a dollop in the middle of my lips and blot out the rest. If needed, I’ll use the brushes on the edges. The only time I’ll glide it all over my lips is when I’m wearing ONLY gloss. Pretty technical, uh?

Scent-wise, these are pleasant and subtle for fragrance haters like me. And when it comes to actual performance, well, I mean…it IS a Stila lip glaze.

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Which means it’s all that and then some. These are some glossy babies and I love that the set has 3 different formulas.

Vanilla is a bit of a honey glitter bomb. It’s super glittery when worn alone so it’s probably best to wear it layered over any color lipstick.

Orchard is pink frost and I’ve never been a fan of how frost glosses look on me. They don’t always apply evenly and this shade isn’t so flattering on me.

Spice is my favorite because although it’s super sheer, it has a nice brown sugar hue to it. The shimmer is subtle and long-lasting.

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Not bad for a set of glosses that round up to be $4 a pop, uh? The set is currently available online and if you’re a beauty budget shopper, I’m pretty sure you can find them at Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or Ross in the next season or so.

Any lovers of Stila’s lip glazes?

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part 2

I’m back with part 2 of the glorious Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks from Tarte. I reviewed the first 4 here. I am still so in love with these lippies and love how Tarte has given us such a diverse color palette. There are shades for bold color lovers and those that prefer nudes alike. Ironically, in this post I’ll be featuring two reds! The best lipstick color evaaaaa. But then again, y’all know how I feel about reds. :cool:

Aren’t they pretty? From my original post, you’ll know that despite the fact that these are clay lipsticks, they are incredibly moisturizing. Of course you’ll still have to wear a balm for added moisture but these aren’t half bad.

I am still impressed with the crazy amount of shine and pigment that these lipsticks give. Far more than most traditional lipsticks! And just to think…these are without parabens and all of those yucky preservatives. This is why I love Tarte. They don’t comprise quality even though their products include natural ingredients.

(l-r) Whimsy, Fierce, Inspired, Wild

Whimsy is described as a bright pink and the swatches on the Sephora website don’t do this baby ANY justice. I find it too cool for me to wear alone but it’s a gorgeous pink nonetheless.

Fierce is an orange toned bright red and as much as I love reds, I prefer blue toned reds but this is still very nice.

Inspired looks a lot like Pure. They are both rose-y pinks. This one is more on the lines of a dusty rose and while I don’t wear a lot of light pinks, if I were to wear one, it would likely be a sweet and dainty one like this.

Wild is my kind of red! It’s a cool red that I think looks great on me.

To get an in-depth review of these lipsticks if they are worth they steep price tags of $26 a pop, check out this post. In the meantime, if you’re still stuck on deciding which ones you may want to snag, I highly recommend one of the reds (Fierce or Wild) and Foxy. Foxy is a beautiful deep pink that I think will flatter anyone.

Way to go, Tarte! Can’t wait to see what these cosmetic geniuses come up with next…

Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m impressed!

It’s a samples box! I’ve reviewed several of these before but this is my first time reviewing one from Influenster and reviewing one that focuses on natural beauty and health. Holla! What’s Influenster? Their website explains it best and chances are that if you are a blogger and/or have a strong online influence, you can be a candidate to receive Influenster boxes.

Okay soooooo…here we go with their first ever Naturals VoxBox!

At first glance I got a bit giddy because I spotted TWO brands that I was familiar with. That’s a good sign. Y’all know how much of a snob I am about skincare and while I love featuring all brands, I really only use natural skincare products on my crazy sensitive skin. Also, keep in mind that this box isn’t necessarily a “beauty” box. I was prepared to see all kinds of goodies up in this box.

Glad to see Influenster included a list of what was in said box…

First up is a single packet of EBOOST ($28 for box of 20 powders).

I don’t use products like these as I’d rather supplement with vitamins or at the very least get the “added”  vitamins in the food that I’m eating. And since I’m pregnant, I don’t want to try anything new. I suppose this would be great for those suffering from colds but I’m the type to sip some echinacea tea. I’m granola like that. :mrgreen:

Next up was the stick of GeoDeo.

What’s that? An all-natural deodorant? So up my alley! In fact, I’ve sworn off of traditional deodorants for quite some time and while it took me some time to find a brand that works, I’m pretty confident knowing that I’ll never go back to traditional deodorants. This brand is new to me and I was happy to see that it was “okay” in terms of natural deodorants.

It’s still not 100% natural because it’s got that Parfum (Fragrance) in it but hey…not bad. However, I tested it for a few days and smelled like a goat each day I used it. Ah well. My feelings aren’t hurt. I’ve tried enough natural deodorants to know that they are tricky. Some works and others don’t. I do like the packaging and concept behind this one though.

CleanWell Individual Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($29.99 for 50 pouches)

I’ve actually purchased and used CleanWell several times and love this alcohol-free hand sanitizer. I didn’t know they made wipes though. I prefer this over alcohol-based hand sanitizers because the ingredients are milder than other hand sanitizers.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap.

Popular among the black girl natural hair community, Shea Moisture just happens to be one of my favorite skinare brands on the market. I’ve declared my love for Shea Butter manyyyyy times so I was excited to see this bar of soap. Plus I’m having a baby. And I have eczema. Perfect pick for me! I think I’m going to save this for when Baby Clumps is a little older and I’m hoping her precious skin won’t have to endure eczema. But if she gets it…I’ll be prepared. I’ll be honest though – the chances of me trying this before she is born are extremely likely! Oh, and Shea Moisture always impressed me with their lack of horrible ingredients.

Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweeteners

Call me a snob but I’ve never been a fan of sweetners because they’ve always tasted artificial to me. Yes, even Splenda. I opt for agave nectar, honey and brown sugar and sometimes white sugar. That said, this isn’t a product that I would ever use. Oh and…what is monk fruit????

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

Look! It’s a lip balm. I got all excited when I saw this. As a fan of lip balms, bees and shea butter, I had high hopes for this balm. And it delivered! Ingredients-wise, it’s not too shabby.

The packaging is adorable…

And the product feels great on the lips. It has very light mint-ish scent and it feels nice and smooth on the lips. This is a product that I’d purchase again. In fact, had I seen it in stores, it’s likely that I would have purchased it before receiving this sample.

And lastly…The Original Dish Drying Mat ($4.99)

I’ve never seen anything like this but supposedly this mat helps to conserve energy and the use of paper towels because of its absorbency. Hmm. Okay. I haven’t found a real use for it just yet I like the concept.

Overall, I was VERY impressed with the Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m more impressed than what I thought I’d be. While every product didn’t woo me, the majority of the did. So much so that I’ll be repurchasing most of them. Not too shabby!

How’s this for a natural centered sample box? Not too bad, uh?

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part I

Ask me to list one of my Top 5 Favorite Brands and I’ll always list Tarte. I’ve been in love with this brand since first swatch. Everything from the packaging of the products their lack of harmful ingredients makes me love ‘em. Aaaand, unlike many “natural” brands, Tarte has a nice selection of brown girl friendly concealers, foundations and powders. Yes!!

If you pop into Sephora and stroll by the Tarte section, you’ll probably spot these beautiful babies. Look at them. Look at them, I say!

Forget the glitzy and shiny lipstick wands. I like these bamboo-inspired ones so much more. Aren’t they beautiful? Even more, the beautiful and colorful designs on each lipstick box and wand represent the color inside. Cute, right? Tarte has put Amazonian clay in a lot of their products and their inclusion in these lippies is to restores the lips’ natural moisture content with nourishing and hydrating properties. (source)

It’s hard to tell how large these wands are if you’re lookin’ at them online but in person, they are pretty long. So one would think that a larger wand means more product, right? Meh. Not really. You’ll get about the same amount of product in these as you would in a lipstick from MAC Cosmetics.

It doesn’t look that way at first but holding them eye-level will reveal that they’re about the same.

Tarte has given us 8 beautiful and complimentary shades for women of all complexions – which I can appreciate. They’ve got everything from nudes, berries, reds and a bright pink. Swatches of the first 4…

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Foxy, Bold, Pure, Playful

Guess which one is my fave? Just guess.

Foxy, of course! Described as a deep pink, this is the brightest lipstick out of the bunch. I haven’t seen Tarte do a lippie this vibrant before and for this to be one of their firsts…they knocked it out of the park. The online swatches of this lipstick (well, all of them) doesn’t even do it justice. If you don’t get any other color, Foxy is the one you’ll want to get.

Bold is coral that I find severely unattractive on me. Then again, y’all know how I feel about corals anyway. Pure is a light rose that I found to be an ideal neutral shade for anyone. It freaked me out at first swatch but but it’s actually okay. And lastly is Playful is a purple rose.

This is my second favorite as I find it to be the most wearable. Foxy rocks but it isn’t exactly work-appropriate. Playful, on the other hand, is a great day to night lipstick.

Pro’s
-Extremely versatile shade selection.
-Long-lasting. In fact, the darker shades transform into a stain.
-Very nice and creamy formula. Achieving an opaque finish is super easy.
-Beautiful natural-inspired packaging. I like this more than my fancier lipstick wands.
-Like all Tarte products, these are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates.
-Includes shea, mango and avocado butters.

Cons
-Smells a bit like clay. It actually doesn’t bother me but may annoy others.
-A bit pricey at $26 a pop.
-Not as moisturizing as I would have liked. But I have yet to find a lipstick that is, ya know?

Stay tuned for my review of the other 4 of these. If you just have to just get ONE, I’d say snag Foxy if you’re a gal who loves bright shades or Playful if you want something beautifully wearable. These are currently available at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet? How adorable is the packaging?

15 Melbourne: All Natural Skincare

Natural skincare lovers – I’ve discovered another brand that I think you’ll love. There’s a special place in my heart for brands that who pride themselves on using natural ingredients. Many have jumped the bandwagon but there are only a few that have done it well.

File 15 Melbourne under “pretty spectacular”. I’ve only tried a few products from the line but color me impressed. Let’s start with a product that I know all too well.

Castile soap! I’ve raved over this magical stuff for years. I use it for EVERYTHING. Regrettably, I had to stop using it for my skin a while back (it can be too drying for us eczema suffers) but castile soap has a gajillon other uses. How does this compare to Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap? The difference is the formula. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil and Dr. Bonners uses a blend of oils but it’s not true castile soap.

I find them to be pretty comparable in look, feel and overall performance. 15 Melbourne’s 16 oz bottle runs for $15 and I believe Dr. Bronner’s is a little less than that. If you’re not familiar with castile soap, please oh please introduce yourself to it. This stuff is fantastic for body and hair as well as using as a cleaning agent for household chores. There really isn’t anything it can’t do. And since I’m a fan of lavender, I just love how relaxing and calming this smells.

Lavender & Chamomile Creamy Shea Butter Soap ($5)

Bar soap lovers rejoice! This bar of soap is currently sitting in my guest bathroom and the gal pals that come to visit can’t stop complimenting me on it. If you’re not a fan of lavender (I know many aren’t), you’ll appreciate how lightly scented this is. In fact, both the lavender and chamomile are subdued. Which is nice. This soap gives off a very nice and creamy lather.

Unlike many bar soaps, it doesn’t leave the hands and body streaky clean but cleansed and moisturized instead.

Organic Whipped Shea Butter-Pink Grapefruit ($7.50)

Oooooh how I adore shea butter! Especially white shea butter. I find it to be less nutty in smell in comparison to yellow shea butter. While I’m okay with my shea butters being fragrance-free the subtle whiff of pink grapefruit bodes well with me. It’s really hard to scent shea butter so it isn’t a prominent smell. The pink grapefruit really doesn’t last long on the skin but it smells pretty and citrus-y at first application.

Peppermint Lip Butter ($5)

Oooh la laaaaa. While I’m not a fan of dipping my fingers into lip products, I have actually just take this tin and rub the product over my lips. I’m not sure how much more sanitary that is but hey….it works. The primary ingredients of this lippy are shea and mango butters, argan and avocado oil. Oh, and that decadent essential peppermint oil too. It feels divine on the lips and I find myself using it more than my beloved Sugar Lip Balm. It works beautifully as a base for lipsticks too.

15 Melbourne has a ton of lovely homemade products and I think most have a nice price point. I love supporting smaller independent brands so it was my honor to feature this brand. I love how a great deal of the products are unscented and I’d also love to see some more products in their line-up. Maybe a natural body splash and body oil? Hmmm…

Check out 15 Melbourne and if you make any purchases, tell ‘em B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!