Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear mascara

It’s the beginning of a new week and I hope that you all are off to a GREAT one. I had an amazing Valentine’s Day. I was able to spend most of it with my girls from college. I haven’t seen most of these ladies since I’ve moved back to Florida so it was a great little reunion for all of us. The greater part of Valentine’s Day was spent with someone special so all in all it was a good day!

But is THIS is a good mascara? Hmm….so many products have gone 100% natural and “eco-friendly” and while I am not opposed to products like this, I do rate them the same way I would rate a traditional mascara. That means I expect the same performance based on their claims. Did this one impress me? Or will I be throwing it in the recycling bin?

Physicians Formula Organic
wear mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $10 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: “Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.” (source)

The truth: The idea is great….I’m all for “going green”–even with cosmetics. However, I couldn’t get past the smell and the formulation just doesn’t dry.

What I loved about it: The packaging is tres cute. I love love love it. I also like how the mascara is 100% all natural. For someone who who is big on eating all-natural and wearing her naturally, I could definitely have some all-natural additions to my make-up collection. I was hoping that this product could be that introduction.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t comparable to a regular mascara. And the smell is horrific! I mean….awful.

Overall: Let’s rap a little bit about the wand.


It’s not bad. It’s not exceptionally good either. I would REALLY like it it the the bristles were a little longer and the wand were more steady. It is a too flimsy and of course that affects the control you will get when applying it to your lashes.

Let’s do a rundown of what is in this mascara:

-100% free of synthetic solvents
-Organic Orange water
-Orangic Aloe and Cucumber extracts
-100% natural orgin biopolymers
-1oo% natural orgin preservatives
-100% natural orgin rice protein & organic tapioca starch organic beeswax
-100% free of petroleum by products, parabens, GMO and synthetic fragrances

Right off, I’m impressed. Traditional mascaras contain a great deal of synthetic preservatives and solvents. These ingredients put you at risk for eye irritations. So it is definitely comforting using a mascara like this.

But that’s where the comfort ends. Unfortunately, while it gives me a decent amount of volume and length it just doesn’t last. I find that the Floridian humidity makes the mascara literally slide off of my lashes. Traditional mascaras usually leave your lashes relatively hard. This mascara does not do that. Because of that I endured a lot of smearing and found that within a few hours, the mascara was just gone. I also couldn’t get over the smell. It just didn’t go away! It was a very distinct plant-y smell that just didn’t sit well with me.

I really wanted to rate this mascara a little higher but the performance just wasn’t there.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: I think it’s worth a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it can’t work for someone else. I think my climate has a lot to do with it. Plus it’s all natural so it really is worth a try….even though it smells like potting soil.

Didn’t do a video review this time around.
Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Would you be open to trying a mascara like this? Should all mascaras go “all natural”? What do you think?

Have a wonderful Monday!

Always,

This Day in Black History:
1857-Frederick Douglass is elected President
of Freedman Bank and Trust.
[Mr. Douglass is hands down one of
my favorite revolutionaries]


(photo source)

FOTD Friday: Lavender Lips


Happy Friday, everyone! What’s everybody doing this weekend? Notice I said “this weekend” and not Valentine’s Day. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t have a problem with Valentine’s Day but it gets a little annoying, you know? So NO, I won’t torture yall with a “Valentine’s Day” look.

But I still love you, family!

Movin’ on….so for the first time….in a long time, I made a MAC purchase. I trotted in the Orlando PRO store to check out the Hello Kitty collection. One of my favorite artists grabs my hand and shows me the stand for the Cremesheen collection. I didn’t show much interest because I have honestly gotten to the point where…I feel like I have enough.

HOWEVER!

I don’t have any lavender/lilac lipsticks.


Lavender Whip ($14) lipstick and Ever So Rich Cremesheen ($18…WTF!) are new to the MAC crew. I am pretty much in LOVE with Lavender Whip. Alone it is quite scary but when paired with MAC’s Nightmoth lip liner, it is wonderfully unique and fun.

Ever So Rich on the other hand…I’m on the fence about. Alone it looks like this.


“Like what, B?”

I know….nothing. If I’m going to spend $18 on a lipgloss I need to see something other than a shimmer-less creamy color. I’m just sayin’….

I decided to play around with purples on the lids as well. I tried to do a smokey look but it didn’t come out exactly like how I wanted. I’ll perfect it tomorrow when I head out to celebrate my girl’s birthday.

I’ve got some weird gaze goin’ on in my eyes in the next picture.
But it shows how good LavWhip looks. But it also shows how well I have NOT blended.

Yes, I’m showing yall pictures of my errors. This is how we learn, mkay?


I didn’t blend well enough on the corners of my lip. Next time, next time.

No Flash


FACE:
Nada–my face has been crazy oily for a few weeks so I haven’t been wearing anything on it. Just moisturizer. The brows are un-touched too.

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
Coastal Scents eyeshadow lavender–I named it Frosty Grape
Coastal Scents eyeshadow black –I named it Inclusive
Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
A mascara I haven’t reviewed yet–it’s a surprise!

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
MAC lipstick in Lavender Whip
MAC Cremesheen in Ever So Rich

Who would have thought that a lavender lipstick could be so magnificent? It’s subtle but just…wonderful. I can dig it.

What do you think? Would you rock a light purple lippie? I just checked and Lavender Whip lipstick is currently sold out online so apparently people knew this was a diamond in the rough. Check your MAC stores and counters and get this one before it disappears in the black abyss.

Have a grand ole’ weekend,

This Day in Black History:

1923-The first Black professional basketball team
“The Renaissance” is organized.

www.blackfacts.com

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Hello Kitty Something About Pink


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.

Beauty bloggers, make-up enthusiasts and Hello Kitty fans (I am all of the above, HA!) alike have been lemming after MAC’s Hello Kitty collection for quite some time. While I was quiet in my thoughts about the collection before the launch, I went from 0 to 193 when I saw the collection in person this past Monday.

I am sure you have heard much about it but if not visit HERE and HERE. Some of my favorite beauty bloggers have already tackled the collection, details and all. I have decided not to do a complete run down of the collection because I am far too lazy to do all of that AND I’m cheap. I only purchased 3 items. HA!

Enough of my rambling…let’s get to chattin‘ about one of the highlights of this collection.

Something About Pink nail polish

Ah yes…$11 for a bottle of polish. Definitely out of my price range considering I usually don’t spend more than $4/bottle on average but this was definitely a MUST have.

Yes, this cream looks perfectly pink in the picture but in real life it is a loud pink poppin‘ polish. And do I love it? Hells yea!

I wish I could, but I simply can not take credit for the beautiful application of it on my nails. If they look better than usual, it’s because I had a pro do them! My friend, Curls is a professional in the spa business and he actually doesn’t mind doing my nails. *gasp* I know, he’s great. His application was perfect despite the fact that SAP was a little thick.

“It drags a little bit at the cuticles,” he said.

2 coats and a clean-up later and I had a masterpiece. I had a serious photo shoot with this polish so don’t mind the artistic shots. LOL!



I know those watermarks are just horrific but there are some nail polish photo-swippinmofos on the net. It’s ridiculous. I can’t stop people from jackin‘ me but they’ll be doing some Clumps advertising too. HA!

You can get Something About Pink at any MAC store, counter and at maccosmetics.com for as long as supplies last. Which probably won’t be long since this is a serious coveted item!

Polish Pretty,


This Day in Black History:

1909-The NAACP was founded in New York City

1956-The first Black late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall was born.
1962-Bus boycotting started in Macon, Georgia.

Sista Show-Off: New bloggers on the scene



Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Let’s give a nice warm welcome to these ladies who are new to the blogosphere.

Contests and Such: This little lady compiles all of the contests running on beauty blogs and posts them. That’s right….every giveaway and contest! Amazing, uh? If your blog is hosting a giveaway/contest, shoot Nessa an email at contestsandsuch@gmail.com

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Gettin’ Nailed: Yesss, another nail blogger hits the bloggin’ streets and I couldn’t be more excited. The Asian Girl chats Nailonomics 101 while shootin’ photos of her beautiful nail designs and swatches.

Jen’s Makeup Bag: Another new blogger but this chica definitely isn’t new to make-up

application. Her looks are incredible!

Be sure to subscribe to their blogs and/or add them to you Google Reader. I already have!



Because we are all familia,











Beauty Bee-haviors: Online Purchases

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

So….do you buy beauty products online?
Why or why not?

Lemme tell you….I used to HATE buying items online. And it wasn’t because I was afraid of using my credit card information. Or because I feared that it wouldn’t get to me.

I didn’t like buying online because I hated waiting!

Living in a city like Orlando, Florida has spoiled me. I am surrounded by Sephora and Ulta’s, a MAC Pro store and discount outlets, all within 20 minutes from me. I can pretty much get anything I want when I want it. But to wait for it…..drives me nuts.

That doesn’t stop me from ordering though. 90% of my nail polish purchases are done online.

What about you? Nay or yay to online purchases.

Beauty Bee-haviors….

Howdy friends!!

Is your Tuesday going well? Steady on the grind at work or school?

Relaxing?

Taking care of the kiddies?

…whatever you are doing, I hope it’s going well.

I’ve been thinking about adding another SERIES here at Clumps of Mascara. No, not the fitness/health one. I’m still working on that bit. But a discussion series. Posts like this and this show me that Clumps of Mascara readers are affected by a lot (or not) and want to talk about it. What do you think? Let me know by voting on the poll. If you are reading via email or Google Reader, come on out for a second to cast your vote on the poll located in the left column of the page.

Here’s one to think about:

How much make-up is TOO much?

….I have 13 tubes of lipsticks and I feel terrible. I feel like I’ve wasted my money. Especially since I can probably part with more than half of them. I don’t want to be a make-up collector…I would much rather be a beauty obsessed lady with a modest collection of essentials. But that’s just me.

What are your thoughts on this?
Don’t mind your 49+ blushes?
Do you feel like waste money on products you probably won’t use again?

Tell me!!

Because Clumps of Mascara is OUR home,

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Tart


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.

I am so enamored with nail polishes that I had a hard time trying to figure out which ones to take with me on my trip to Atlanta. I seriously stood looking at my 100+ stash trying to figure out which bottle would be one of the “lucky ones”. Zoya’s Tart managed to catch my eye and I proclaimed it to be my official birthday polish color. Tart did not disappoint.


It took only 2 coats to get the bottle color. One coat could have probably done the trick because the color is so rich. I have been using the Dazzle Dry Nail System for my base and top coats and it is AMAZING (review coming soon). Zoya’s Tart lasted a good 2 days, which is darn near a record for me considering I polish my nails every day. I loved wearing this electric blue on my birthday. I don’t get to play around with brighter colors because of work so this was a nice little treat for me.

Of course I had to be all extra with it.

Yes I was playing “celebrity” in that little get-up. My best friend went around honking and I waved to people telling them that it was my birthday. I’m a mess like that.

So thank you, Zoya Tart. You made my birthday so cool….like icy cold blue.

*crickets*

Okay….I thought it was funny. Smile because I know you thought so too. You can purchase this Big 3 Free polish from Zoya.com for $6. As a matter of fact…you can actually get it for free! Zoya has a dynamite trade-in deal going on right now. I say you dive in. Zoya’s selection and polish formulas are insanely amazing. Click the image below for details.

Polish pretty,