VIDEO REVIEW: Cover FX Illuminating Powder

Some time ago my girl Courtney over at Phyrra.net held an event at Sephora for Cover FX. It was there when I fell in love with and purchased their glorious Illuminating Powder.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder

I’m a lover of blushes and bronzers and didn’t see a real need for something like this. Until I tried it on.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder compact

Retailing for $28, you can make a whole ‘lot of magic happen with this glorious powder. And I’m singing praises about it.

Cover FX Illuminating Powder on cheeks

Check out my video review below and for more information about this powder, visit here. And don’t even get me started on their Setting Powder. Looooove!


Poppin’ Pimples with Clinique

I’m 29 years old. And I get more acne now than I did when I was 19. Which is a cruel cruel trick. The crazy thing is…I take more care of my skin now than I did back then so you would think that my skin would be better, but yeah no.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Our beloved Clinique has recently launched their new Acne Solutions Clinical line and they say that the results of these products are as good as prescription acne drugs. Major claim, guys. I got a sample of the Clearing Gel and have been dabbing it on a pimple for the past few days.

Like many acne treatments, the main ingredient in this stuff is salicylic acid. The fragrance-free gel is lightweight, cooling and dries almost immediately after applying it to skin.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel packaging

I’m a bit surprised that Clinique is just now giving us a line of products specifically for targeting acne. In addition to helping prevent future breakouts, the gel also has sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents. Basically, if you’re looking for a mega acne busting gel, this stuff won’t disappoint.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel on skin

If you’ve never visited Clinique.com, check it out because the reviews on the site practically sell the products. I’m serious. The gel is relatively new so the reviews are being cranked out just yet but give it time.

This stuff is pretty awesome and if should be at your local Clinique counter now and on Clinique.com.

Soooo….who else is a grown woman with acne? I know I’m not the only one.

WHAT? How Have I Not Tried Yes to Carrots?

First of all, I am a bit embarrassed at having never tried the brand Yes to Carrots. I mean, seriously? Am I deserving of the beauty blogger title? I’m not sure, girls. But when a press sample of this landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t help but get geeked up and here’s why…

Yes To Carrots

(1) It’s fragrance free and (2) It’s fragrance free!

People think I’m trying to be all hip and cool by preferring only fragrance free products, but I promise I’m not. Fragrances don’t bode well with my problematic skin and even if I didn’t have THOSE issues, I’ve got the “fragrance so strong that I’ve entered Migraine Hell” issue. I stopped wearing perfumes years ago simply because just a spritz would send my head a spiralin’. And so I can appreciate when brands that I love and respect cater to the fragrance free lovin’ guys and girls of the world.

I’ve reviewed several facial wipes so really these aren’t crazy different from those. However, I do think that the inclusion of beta carotene (from carrots) to help maintain skin’s softness is a fabulous addition. Also included is Vitamin E which assists in moisturizing the skin.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes fragrance free

As with most facial wipes, I would recommend using your makeup remover prior to using this. While it may do a good job with removing foundation, powder and lipstick, chances are your primary makeup remover will do a better job at removing the heavy duty stuff like waterproof mascara and eye shadow primer.

Yes To Carrots ingredients

Still. For $5.99 which will grant you 25 wipes, I think these are a perfect and budget-friendly option for those who have been wanting to try facial wipes. Aaaanad, you can easily find them at Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Yes To Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipe

Weeeee! Now I want to try the entire line-up of Yes to Carrots stuff. What should I try next?

Reason #285 Why You Should Be Using Vaseline

Vaseline

Yep, it’s me again. Telling the world about the awesomeness that is Vaseline. Y’all know I’ve done this before. It’s what I do. Vaseline really could hire me because I go around bragging about them more times than I can count.

Through Popsugar, I was granted to the opportunity to not only be gifted with a nice box of goodies to use with my huge tub of Vaseline, but I was also inspired to do a video. Something I haven’t done since, well…uh, it’s just been awhile. Yeah. Obviously, it had to be one amazing product to get me to come out from under the “Ain’t Done A Video In Awhile” rock.

Did you know that Vaseline is fantastic at healing dry skin? So yes, it’s 75 degrees here in Florida, but when the temperature drops at night, my skin gets ridiculously flaky and dry. Vaseline is amaziiiiiiing at deeply moisturizing to heal dry skin. I reckon you guys and girls in snowy temps would so so benefit from the healing proprieties that Vaseline has.

Vaseline Jelly

And unlike other products, who shall remain nameless, Vaseline doesn’t sit topically on skin nor does it pass in and out of the top layer of skin too quickly. So yay for products that actually WORK when you apply them. Move out of the way, lotion water! I needs some Vaseline.

Check out my video to see how I used Vaseline. This has now become one of my favorite uses for the big V. And please be gentle, y’all. I’ll get my vlogging swag back. Oh, and please forgive me for using the word swag.


Pretty, cool, uh?

Other ways ways you can use Vaseline…

  • As a shaving treatment.
  • As a foot treatment.
  • As a makeup remover.
  • As a face treatment.

To get more information on the awesomeness that is Vaseline, check out their website.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vaseline Jelly through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Vaseline Jelly, all opinions are my own.

Johnson’s Baby Intense Moisture Cream – it’s not just for babies!

Johnson Intense Moisture Cream Since I live in Florida, I guess Winter really hasn’t hit us yet. I mean, anything under 60 degrees and requires a jacket and I am whining and don’t want to go out of the house. But for those of you who are already knee deep in snow, the lovely people at Johnson’s want to make sure that your skin stays hydrated and soft. The Johnson Baby Intense Moisture Cream isn’t just for your little one’s skin. You can use it to keep your skin soft during those harsh winter days. The cream is “clinically proven to improve dry skin after just one use and it seals in 24 hours of moisture for baby soft skin.”

Johnson Baby Intense Moisture Cream

I am usually skeptical about lotions that promise many hours of hydration, but as far as keeping your skin soft and hydrated, the cream does its job. Just like all of Johnson’s baby products, it has a wonderful light scent that isn’t overpowering like other lotions. The Johnson’s Baby Moisture Intense Cream is available everywhere and definitely worth the purchase. I already have gone through an entire bottle and keep one in my car. To me, nothing ruins an outfit more than dry skin.

Johnson's Baby

And then there’s my precious baby niece who suffers from really dry skin. I think it’s great that there’s a product out there that can not only help my skin, but that can work well on her skin too. I’m a nanny and watch a lot of babies and every time I visit one, I always make sure that I have a bottle of Intense Moisture Cream in my back. Juuuuuust in case.

Johnson’s is the best when it comes to baby skincare products and I’m just excited they have something that works for me too!

 

 

*Disclaimer: Brittany is a Johnson’s Baby ambassador and received this bottle of lotion as a sample.  

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B's Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Wrapping Gifts? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That. Right, LUSH?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

I know you a lot of you guys are already in the Holiday spirit. If you aren’t in the sprit, you need to hurry up and get there because we are already less than a month from the big day. Shopping for this season can be difficult and everyone’s least favorite holiday task is wrapping those gifts..  The lovely people at LUSH Cosmetics have solved our holiday dilemmas.

LUSH Christmas

I had the opportunity to try the All The Best Gift and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!!! When I first received the box it was perfectly wrapped in gorgeous paper and what was awaiting inside was even better. The All The Best box lives by its name. The box included 5 bath bombs, each having their own amazing scent.

LUSH Christmas gift

I used the Golden Wonder bath bomb and it was a wonder indeed. I am always afraid to use scented body products because I get headaches from certain scents,but the Golden Wonder was just right.

LUSH bath bombs

I was already in love with this bath bomb and as soon as I dropped it into my tub I was an awe. Once the Golden Wonder hit the water it changed into a beautiful orange than a green which turned into a blue added with specks of purple and ended with a deep turquoise that reminded me of the water you see on the Discovery Channel documentary on The Great Barrier Reef.

Pretty bathwater

Once I sat in the tub I noticed gorgeous little stars that turned into golden glitter that added an extra sparkle to the tub.

LUSH bathwater

Using that bomb bath gave me a bath experience that I want to relive and thankfully, I can with the additional bath bombs that came with the box. Even if you have all the time in the world to do some Christmas shopping, stop by LUSH in stores or online and get your favorite someone something they will enjoy. And that’s already wrapped and ready to go for you!

The All The Best Gift retails for $34.99.

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B's Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Aquaphor at the Orlando Runner’s Classic AND a giveaway!

A few weeks ago, the 2013 Orlando Runner’s Classic went down at the gorgeous Orlando World Center Marriott. I’ve attended several conferences at the World Center Marriott, but Aquaphor so graciously paid for my stay the night before the race and I could not have been more grateful.

Orlando Runners Classic

This was my first time hearing about the Runner’s Classic and while I didn’t get a chance to run it this year (oh boy…wait for the story), I will certainly be back next year. I’m no runner but I have run a few 5K’s and I love participating in the ones that are low pressure and have a “fun” aspect to them. The Runner’s Classic is perfect for families of all ages because there’s a little something for everyone. There’s the Move Free 8K, Jif & Smucker’s 5K, Carnation Breakfast Essentials Great Start 2K Walk and Publix Children’s Fun Run. The entire atmosphere is just light, far from intimadating and…fun!

To prep me for the race Aquaphor not only comped my race entry but I was also gifted with an Aquaphor Training Kit. Florida’s weather has reverted back to the high 80’s but last month, it was chilly and the ointment was perfect for slathering on the skin to prevent it from getting chapped during the cooler weather.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to run because I suffered severe food poisioning hours before the race. I woke up at 3am with the worse stomach cramps of my life. I compare every bout of pain to contractions and whoa…those cramps were worst than contractions. The pain didn’t subside until shortly after the race started but I managed to make my way down to help cheer on the other racers and to stop by the Aquaphor booth.

Next time, y’all. Next time. Buuuut, on a good note, Aquaphor is so graciously giving me the chance to give away some goodies. One lucky winner will score the following…

Aquaphor

Healing Ointment
Lip Repair
Lip Repair + PROTECT

Don’t hate me but I know some of y’all are out there dealing with some crazy cold weather (meanwhile it’s 85 degrees today in Florida) so these Aquaphor products will definitely come in handy.

Good luck! And if any runners have tips on how to train, let me know. I plan to run a decent amount of 5K’s (and maybe a 10K) in 2014.

 

This giveaway is closed and the winner was selected. Congratulations to Brenda in South Carolina.
For any questions about this giveaway, please email me at brittany@clumpsofmascara.com.

That M.Steves Exfoliator Makes My Skin Happy. Very Happy.

My skin has been a wreck lately. And I really have no one to blame but myself. I ditched dairy for almost a year but Thanksgiving did me in and I went on a dairy-overload. Same with gluten. Oh girl, trust me…I wish I could eat dairy and gluten with no problems, but the fact is, I can’t. My body just does better with keeping both out of my diet. I’m not sure if dairy is playing a huge part in my skin’s craziness, but all I know is, after going to town on my husband’s ah-maziiiiing macaroni and cheese, my skin has morphed into something that my 15-year old sister can relate to. It’s a mess.

And I love y’all too much to take pictures of it but I figured now was as good time as any to give to try out M.Steve’s Reviving Exfoilator .

M.Steves Reviving Exfoliator

I received a sample of this a while back and it has been sitting on my beauty bookshelf for quite some time. While I usually like to wait 4-6 weeks before I review something, I couldn’t wait to share this with y’all. This stuff is awesome. I mean, check out the stats…

-No synthetic dyes or fragrances
-Vegan
-No parabens
-No petrochemicals
-No phthalates

And then there’s the list of the things that it DOES include:

-Rose Hip Seed Oil
-Microdermabrasion crystals
-Walnut shell powder
-Glycolic acid
-Dead sea mud
-Fruit enzymes

M.Steves

The exfoliator is fantastic. It feels like something out of a spa. This 2-in-1 scrub not only works as a microdermabrasion treatment that really massages those pores, but it also acts as an alpha hydroxy acid peel. I’ve used it both ways and found that it completely transforms either way that it’s used.

As a microdermabrasion treatment: Easy does it when using this exfoliator on the skin. The microscopic crystals do so well at gently scrubbing the skin. It’s easy to scrub too vigorously so I found myself repeatedly saying “Go slowly, go slowly…” After rinsing, my skin felt reinvigorated and ridiculously soft.

Scrub in pot

As an alpha hydroxy acid peel: After applying all over, I left the exfoliator on the skin for 7-10 minutes and rinsed with warm water. I didn’t notice much of a difference until I woke up the next day. My skin seemed brighter, tighter and smoother.

Scrub on hand

I’m a fan, M.Steves. I’m a fan. Is this exfoliator worth the $48 price tag? I would say so. A microdermabrasion treatment at a spa could easily cost close to $100 per treatment. Having the option to do this at home and get the same results is just…amazing! And what do I use to follow up this exfoliator? That lovely bottle of Ultra-Nourishing Boost.  LOVE!