My Love Story & Your Chance To Win A $200 Gift Card to Sephora

I met her about 4 years ago. Or maybe it was 3. Details get fuzzy whenever I try to think back on our first meeting. You see, I was minding my own business being all “whatever” about love. I didn’t want to hear anything about it. I was done. I was over it. I had already gone through a few conquests, failed miserably and when I first met her I was just a bitter ole’ lady who had given up.

And then I met Clari. Clari opened my eyes up in ways that I never knew possible. She boosted my self-confidence. She gave me something that I had lost. She is one of my truest loves and I will always adore her.

I will always love you, dear Clari…sonic.

The crazy thing about that little spiel up there is that this isn’t the first time that I have written a love letter to my Clarisonic. Baby Clumps was thiiiiiiisclose to be being called Clari. I’m not even kidding. The Clarisonic is truly the best beauty purchase that I have ever made. And have you seen the Hollywood Lights Clarisonic?

Someone pleeeease tell me that I don’t need it. Please!

This “True Love Story” post is brought to you by Coupons.com. Your one-stop-shop for all things coupon-y is not only having some mega Valentine’s Day deals, but they are also hosting a Valentine’s Day sweepstakes.

And it’s easy to enter. Share your “True Love Story” and get a chance to win a dream vacation! In the meantime, if you’re feeling lucky, how about a chance to win $200 to Sephora?

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I’ve partnered with some of my favorite beauty bloggin’ gals and this U.S-only can give you a chance to WIN that Clarisonic for me. Or for…yourself. Y’know…whatever works. The Rafflecopter is below.

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Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit

‘Tis the season to start scooping up gifts and as a beauty gal, I can confidently say I know what other beauty girls want. Okay yeah, so not everyone is into nail polish. Fine. But nobody wants to walk around with raggedy and jagged nails. Which is why this Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit is such an adorable stocking stuffer.

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Oh, and how lame is it that my current home doesn’t have a mantle? I move just about every year (one day I’ll settle in one place…one day) and most of my places have had mantles but not this one. *tears* Ahhh yes, but where was I? Oh yeah…this darling kit as a stocking stuffer.

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Who doesn’t love the classic houndstooth design? I mean, honestly…the packaging is everything. And what’s inside ain’t too shabby either.

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Ideal for tossing in a cosmetic bag or in some luggage for travel, this is just a nifty and uesful little kit. And uh, if you’re like me some of those tools can also be seen as multi-purpose. Like the little scissors? I would totally use those for grooming the brows. Or clipping my ‘stache. Yeah, I said it. I know I’m not the only one with a bit of fuzz on the upper lip. Such a sweet little kit. And it’s only $20 so there’s no bank breakin’ here. I scooped one up for a friend. You know…that friend that is also wanting something super useful and fancy and awesome just because you happen to be a beauty editor.

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Way to go, Sephora! Scoop this up at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Pretty Polishes: nails inc. The After Party trio

Soooo, once again I suck. I’ve been eyeing the brand Nails Inc. for many moons now and this my first time actually featuring some of their products on Clumps of Mascara. See how much I suck? Yeah. Badly. But hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see how awesome this After Party collection is.

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See what I mean? Look at all of that glittery, shimmery and holographic wonderness.

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I just sneezed glitter. I mean yasssss. This is what I’m talking about. And this little trio is only $25 which ain’t shabby for 3 gorgeous nail polishes. Let’s get a closer look at them, shall we?

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Disco Lane is a black holographic shimmer and I can’t say much else because the description is right on. I love everything about this polish. I applied 3 coats of it to the nails and it looks a bit gritty solo but it shines beautifully with a top coat. I didn’t apply one here as I wanted to show the polish in its true form. I don’t have many black holographic polishes and it’s rare to find them THIS holographic-y. So yeah. I love Disco Lane. I love discos too. They should really bring ‘em back.

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Soho Street is a chunky rainbow glitter and it’s not terribly unique as it looks like many glitter polishes on the market now. The good thing about this one though? It works beautifully for layering and it reaches an opaque finish at 3 coats. Not too shabby, uh?

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Covent Garden Market is a red full coverage glitter and I fell in love with it at first glance. But applying this baby wasn’t easy. You can get away with 2 coats but I pushed it to 3 and when I did that, it started to drag on me a bit. But at the same time I felt like 2 coats weren’t enough. I’ve gotta tweak this one a bit because it’s such a beautiful red. I’ve GOT to make it work.

What a beautiful trio. And yeah. Only $25. You can grab it Sephora and Sephora.com. It’ll make the perfeeeect stocking stuffer for your favorite nail polish lovin’ lady or lad.

 

 

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5 Sephora Stocking Stuffers Under $30

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I feel like a loser for having not tried very many items from Sephora’s brand. And it’s crazy because a great deal of their products are REALLY awesome. If you’ve got some beauty gals in your life and you’re stumped on what to get them, I’ve got 5 suggestions for you. And the good news…they’re all under $30. Woot! Let’s go…

 

Sephora Collection 3D Palette ($24-sold in stores)

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It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in Sephora’s eyeshadows but these are glorious. Especially that purple eyeshadow!

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It’s the perfect buy for both beauty newbies and professionals alike. The double-ended brush is a nice little edition.

 

Flashy Eyeliner set ($16)

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These eyeliners are nice and totable. But wait…they are waterproof too! Because of the shimmer, they may not last too long on the waterline but as eyeshadow bases and liners on the lower lashline, they are awesome! These remind me a lot like Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever’s pencils.

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They’re pretty awesome and high-quality. Definitely an ideal stocking stuffer.

 

Sephora Gloss Lab ($25)

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Ohmimgooodness, these are glooooorious. Especially for a lipgloss junkie. This set comes with 10 different glosses of various shades and finishes. They’re full-sized too!

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This is such an adorable set for the teenage beauty lover in your life because these aren’t super pigmented. They are all incredibly glossy and even the brightest shade isn’t so bright on the lips.

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Gilded Trio Brush set ($10 – available in stores)

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Even though I have plenty of makeup brushes, I couldn’t help but go gaga over these. Do you see that gold! Do you?!

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These are just insane. 3 brushes at $10 isn’t too bad of a price, especially with the packaging being absolutely beautiful. The set includes a small powder brush, shadow brush and liner brush so it’s the perfect gift for the beauty beginner in your life.

 

24 Karat Gold Tweezers ($16)

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And since we’re talking about pretty gold accessories, how about these tweezers? I actually own a regular pair of these and they are pretty precise.

Now. Let’s review…

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5 beauty goodies under $30 for the beauty guys and girls in your life. Time to get to shoppin’!!

Mascara Monday: Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara

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I get so embarrassed sometimes. Like, why don’t I review more Sephora mascaras? It makes no sense. I think sometimes I get so caught up with the bigger and more popular brands that I forget about Sephora’s products. I suck, I know. I’ll be stepping my game up in 2013. Don’t worry. In the meantime, I’m excited to show off this adorable little Bewitching Eye Kit.

The kit itself includes the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara and also a mini-versions of glitter eyeliner/mascara and a black eyeliner.

An adorable little kit for only $20. Not too shabby.

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Price: $15 for mascara alone and $22 for the kit at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s unique triple load brush intensely coats lashes in one easy stroke for a full, luscious look. The thick, Ultra Black formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient recognized for its moisturizing properties. Use the brush’s reservoirs to intensify lashes from root to tip, separate lashes with the “spiked” areas, or achieve a curved effect by pressing the brush lightly against the tips of the upper lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa! My lashes are nice and looooong!

What I Loved About It: I love the richness of the mascara and I love the volumizing aspects.

What I Didn’t Like: It found it to be a bit flaky and I really hate the wand.

Overall: The holiday season is a brewin’ and so I am all up in the spirit. Hence why you see candy cane-related backdrops ‘n such. Anyway, I’m not sure if this kit is a staple for Sephora or if it’s just around for the holidays but either way, I think it’s a good value. The mascara is reasonably priced at $15 and for an extra $7 you can get some additional eye trinkets. Way to go, Sephora!

But of course, most of what I’ll be talking about will be about the mascara itself.And to start off, I just wasn’t a fan of the wand.

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The wand really sucks and it’s unfortunate because the mascara is really a good mascara. What’s not to like about the wand? There’s no stopper in the tube so I have to deal with the excess mascara that ends up being wiped away. I ended up with far too much mascara on the wand each time I pulled it out. It would take me 2-3 minutes just to remove the gunk and get started on my lashes. Yeah. Hate when that happens. Once I’d remove the gunk, the plastic bristles didn’t seem to be long enough. But they were workable. I also appreciated the little round ball at the end of the mascara. I find those particularly useful for applying mascara to the lower lashes. When, of course, they aren’t covered with 3 feet of mascara gunk. I’m exaggerating, of course but that’s what it feels like each time I remove the wand from the tube.

So yeah, if you can get past the gunk on the mascara wand, everything else is pretty pleasant. The mascara has a thicker formula but it’s easy to apply on the lashes. In fact, it’s the kind of formula that really makes the lashes look beautiful after only 1 coat. I love when this happens! I’ve been curling my lashes lately and this mascara has done a really good job at holding the curl.

Length-wise, the mascara delivers and it does darn good with volume too. In  fact, it’s SO good that I think you can get away with applying 2 coats tops. I tried to push it to the limit with 3 coats but I ended up with clumps…of mascara. :cool: And while the mascara does a good job at lasting on the lashes, it did flake on me a bit after 8 hours or so. Which is almost expected but still something to not. Overall, I was super impressed. How many other Sephora mascaras have I been sleeping on?

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep. It’s a pretty awesome mascara.

 

Have you ever tried any of Sephora’s mascaras? Are they all this kind of awesome?


Sephora VIB Sale is here! 20% off!

Yes, y’all, yes…pull out the plastic cards, the pennies and the gift cards. If you’ve been waiting to splurge on beauty goodies all year long, NOW is the time. First things first…

Details about the VIB sale:

  • Started November 8th and ends November 12th.
  • The 20% is for VIB members only.
  • If you are a VIB, you should have received an email from Sephora announcing this sale.
  • Sale code is: CELEBRATE

And now for my suggestions….

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour lipstick in Wild ($26)

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation ($42)

Anastasia Brow Gel ($9)

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask ($25)

butter LONDON in The Black Knight ($14)

Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149)

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50)

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow palette ($49)

FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen mascara ($24)

…oh! And it wouldn’t fit in my beauty set but Korres Pomegrante Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes ($12) is a total must have! I could have seriously given y’all 80 suggestions but come on, that would have been a bit excessive. :wink: Anyone gonna be doing any shopping during this sale?

Last Q-tips Tipster Post + Giveaway! Sephora gift card. (3 winners!)

Welp, it’s my very last Q-tips video and giveaway. Can y’all believe it’s been almost a year since I was selected to be a Q-tips ambassador? I have been spreading the gospel about the awesomeness that are these cotton-y stick thingies and just because my term is ending doesn’t mean I’ll stop braggin’ about them.

This video showcases 5 ways I like to use Q-tips while traveling. I’ve been working on limiting what I pack with me and whaddya know…you can actually save space by leaving some of your makeup brushes behind and just packing some Q-tips. The video is a bit jumbled up but what can I say? I’m so rusty. I don’t think I’ve done 5 videos this whole year. Meanwhile, years ago, I’d do 1 video a week. Ack!!

Let’s jump to the good giveaway stuffs. You know the deal! Give the good ole’ Rafflecopter some time to load.

Good luuuuuck!

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Nail Art with Q-tips

Sooooo remember when I did that post about moving? Yeah well, before and after said move, 6 out of 10 of my nails broke off. 6, y’all. And I mourned each lost. I love me some nail polish and took great pride in my long and pointy nails. But all things must come to an end and I’ve been learning how to love my nubs. Especially since I’ve learned how to make them all fancy using Q-tips Precision Tips.

Yeah noooo. My obsession with these Q-tips have yet to cease. But thanks for asking. If you are a no frills kind of gal when it comes to nail art, you’ll love this look. It’s simple, don’t require a Ph.D. and it takes very little time to do.

If you’ve got some nail jewels layin’ around and want to fancy up a bit using ‘em, Q-tips can help.

I’ve always struggled with applying these little jewels. Tweezers do a great job at picking them up but then I struggle with placing them on the nails. Orange wood sticks work OK but it takes forever getting the jewels to stick to them. Q-tips Precision Tips, however? They work wonderfully…

Simply wet the Q-tip with just a bit of water…

Pick up your jewel…

And slowly apply it to desired location.

The Q-tip leaves behind your jewel without any lint. Pretty cool, uh?

This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was  provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.

 

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