Milani’s Illuminating Powders are almost TOO pretty to use

Anyone ever watch the show Hoarders? Centered around people who “hoard” items, this show takes you on a journey inside the mayhem that these people live in. While shocking, it’s always sad because usually the hoarder had a breaking point in their lives that MADE them hold on to material things. Sometimes it’s the death of a loved one, feeling abandoned after their kids move away or divorce.

Anyway – I have a girlfriend who has me thisclose to calling Hoarders on her. She hasn’t had any recent traumatic events in her life but she hoards more makeup than anyone I know. She has a collection of more than 200 blushes that she doesn’t even use because she says they are “too pretty to touch”. That’s right. 200 perfect blushes that have never touched her cheeks. When I showed her these new Milani Illuminatizing Powders, she shrieked and told me she couldn’t wait to add these to her “Too Pretty To Touch” collection.

Crazy, right? Don’t worry. Said friend doesn’t mind that I put her story on blast. She assures me that there are probably hundreds of beauty hoarders out there. Eeek!

Beauty hoarder or not, if you’re a Milani fan, you’re going to love these. Milani is doin’ it BIG this season girlfriends and if you didn’t know, you better ask somebody. These Illuminating Face Powders are ah-mazing.

Gorgeous, right?

These babies can be used as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. Whatever fits your fancy.

First up is Amber Nectar…

Combining a gold finish with a touch of rose, Amber Nectar is the perfect combination of her other two siblings. She’s got a few micro-sparkles goin’ and while she may be a little too cool for my complexion but I’m sure other gals can rock Am Nec beautifully.

Beauty’s Touch is my favorite…

If you are taking baby steps into wearing blushes and want to wear something with a little color, this is the route to go. Beauty’s Touch’s golden notes are toned down a bit on the cheeks and what you’re left with is a shimmery pink finish.


(L-R) Amber Nectar, Beauty’s Touch, Hermosa Rose

And then there’s Hermosa Rose.

Despite the “rose” in the name, I think AR has more gold in it than anything else. In fact, it’s the closest powder to a true bronzer. That said, after Beauty’s Touch, it’s my favorite.

-Beautiful and subtle shimmer.
-Perfect for blush beginners. It gives enough coverage without being too intimidating.
-A little goes a long way.
-The packaging. How beautiful are those flowers?
-Even with multiple uses, the flowers stick around. Yay!

-May be tricky to apply. Because it’s so sheer, you may actually have on more than you think. I found the best way to apply this was with a skunk/stipling brush.
-If you aren’t a fan of gold shimmers, you may not like these because all 3 of these are gold based.
-It isn’t very long-lasting. After about 5 hours, my cheeks weren’t as golden as they were when I first applied.

Hermosa Rose on my cheeks…

So yep, while these are subtle, I still love the glow that they give my cheekies. Some days I don’t feel like putting a ton of color on my cheeks, so these are absolutely fantastic. They are in drugstores now for about $8.99 and online for $9.49.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay?

Soft skin and lips with NIVEA’s newest.

Okay, quick crazy story about NIVEA. And I do mean quick. For the longest I would call Nivea (pronounced Niv-E-ya) Na-vay-ya. And I was so obsessed with how it sounded, that I promised myself that I would name my first child Nivea. Of course I made this declaration when I was like…14.

Wait – so I was the only teen who already had their babies’ names picked out? Come on, y’all. Confess it up. I knowwww I wasn’t the only one. 8) For the record, I have since dropped that name for a potential Clumps kid. I do have other names picked out though. Bahahaaa!

Anywhoovers, good ole’ NIVEA has some new goodies for us skincare lovers and I just had to share them with you.

I’ve got super sensitive skin and so I stick to using a strict regimen of preservative-free skincare products but every now and then I like to review the popular brands of the world. Let’s check out the babies of the bunch first.

These lippes are pretty, uh? NIVEA A Kiss of Vitamin Swirl is packed with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts. It has a subtle hint of color. So subtle that if your lips are pigmented you probably wouldn’t notice it. The blue one (Kiss of Mint & Minerals) has organic shea butter and jojoba butter in it. Since it’s “mint”, you’re going to get that tingly mint feeling that you either really love or really hate. I don’t mind it. Aside from tasting a little funny, I dug these lip balms. Vitamin Swirl had a faint fruity scent and smell and Kiss of Mint & Minerals is minty. They don’t last forever but while they are on the lips, they keep the lippies moisturized. These babies retail for $2.99.

Next up is NIVEA’s Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub with HYRDRA IQ.

I formally made the switch to handmade bar soaps but every now and then I get the urge to use a bodywash. It’s an exfoliating body wash that has a thick lather. I love how it feels but the fragrance is pretty strong. Almost TOO strong. It has a nice and clean smell but it was overpowering and just a bit too much for moi.

Still, if you’re in the perfect for a luscious body wash that polishes the skin to a smooth finish, you’ll love this one. It goes for $5.99.

And theeeeen there’s NIVEA’s Extended Moisture Daily Lotion.

Okay remember – just because the packaging says the lotion will last for 48 hours doesn’t mean you HAVE to wear it for 48 hours. 😉 Even so, I love how this lotion feels. It isn’t greasy or watery like some drugstore lotions can be. It sinks into the skin nicely without a filmy finish and does a darn good job at bustin’ ash.

Plus, it doesn’t have a loud fragrance like its brother, the body wash. It goes for $7.99.

You can grab all of these goodies at CVS Pharmacy. CVS so rocks, yo. Have you tried anything from NIVEA lately?

NARS Makeup Removing Water + being nice to old ladies

My neighbors probably think I’m weird. I get in all kinds of positions to take shots of beauty products outside. I get into some kind of zone yo.

And I am rarely friendly when I’m in the “zone”. Which is sad because the older lady who lives across from me always manages to venture outside when I’ve got my derrière aimed at the sky to snap shots of beauty stuffs.

She’ll ask what a blog is. She questions why beauty products have gone up in price since 1962. And bless her heart, but when I’m racing against daylight, I have very little time to answer these questions.

But I chit chat with her anyway. Because one day I’ll be a 70-somethin’ year old lady and I’ll want people to entertain my questions too. And I think I read somewhere that for every second you spend being nice to the elderly, another year gets added to your life. Or something like that. Anyway – photographing this bottle of NARS Removing Water was fun! Who knew a bottle of what looks to be water could look so cool?

Have y’all seen this in Sephora yet? It launched last month and it has become a staple in my makeup removing routine. This fragrance-free and oil-free makeup remover also doubles as a toner. With cooling cucumber and refreshing chamomile, this remover does a darn good job at keeping the skin hydrated.

Oh. And it cleans thoroughly too. Sometimes using a face cleanser isn’t enough so it’s good to know I’m removing everythiiiiing.

-It’s fragrance-free. A total win for me.
-Great for those with drier skin. It is hydrating and feels super refreshing.
-Non-irrittating. Yay for those of us with acne!
-I like that there’s a little hole in the packaging. This helps with distribution. That way you won’t end up using TOO much.

-A bit pricey at $28. The good news is it’ll last last for quite some time.
-Doesn’t remove eye makeup. This is best for cleaning the skin.

Do you need this? If you’re like me and find that your cleanser doesn’t do the best job at removing your concealer, foundation and blush, you’ll love this. Plus it’s NARS. Don’t they do everything beautifully?

Whatcha think? Gonna stick with your ole’ trusty makeup remover or would you give this a whirl?

One hot lookin’ jar of Vaseline

Darliiiiiings, are you having a wonderful Valentine’s Day? Please say yes. I get it. It’s a commercialized holiday that gets people to spend their money. Every day should Valentine’s Day. Yeah yeah, I get it. But come ooooon, what’s not to love about…love?

And speaking of love….

It’s a blinged out jar of Vaseline? How cute is this? Right?! Soooooo cute.

I’ve been using Vaseline since ‘back in the day, yo. Mama Clumps had us slathered in this stuff. And I still use it for my feet and lips. In fact, NOTHING can bust up ash like Vaseline can. It is the greatest. And call me nuts but me thinks every beauty product should be donned in Swarovski crystals. I’m just sayin’. Of course that would drive up the cost of beauty goodies. This tiny jar retails for $62. I know. I know.

Buuuuut, if you’re feeling lucky, head on over to Vaseline’s Facebook page and see if you can snag one of these jars in their giveaway. They are only giving 100 away today!

And if could care less about the blinged out jar, you can always grab a regular ole’ one for $1.99 from Target or Walmart.

Good luuuuuck!

What the what? Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask

I’ve heard it all when it comes to facial care products. Milk moisturizers. Carrot cleansers. Sugar scrubs. But pull my finger and call me Susie because I’ve never heard of a Chocolate AND Strawberry mask. Sounds so…tasty, uh? Not that I’d go around slurping up a face mask, but you know what I mean. Freeman Beauty has taken two tasty ingredients, thrown ’em in a mask and told us to slather it on our faces.

Like they had to tell me twice…

My skin (per usual, pfftttt!) has been actin’ up something serious so I was due for a good facial mask treatment. Aaaaaand I was excited to see bentonite listed on the ingredient list.

I’ve used bentonite clay before on my skin and hair and have had amazing results. The mask also contains some other ingredients I don’t like to use like parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes but my curiosity got the best of me, so I flipped the top and got to work.

Fragrance-wise, the mask smells lovely. It has a prominent chocolate smell with lower notes of strawberry. When it goes on the face, the smell mellows out and you get more of the clay-smell. The texture is goopey and feels like like wet clay. Since – I guess that’s what it is. I can’t say that it looks pretty through.

I could make a baby diaper joke but I’ll leave that one alone. 😉 I sloshed the mask alllllll over.

The tube didn’t give me a specified wait time but I left it on for a good 10 minutes or so. It hardened  but didn’t get flaky and dusty like some clay masks can get.

-It’s cheap yo. $3.99 for a 6 fl. oz. tube. Woot!
-It’s easy to apply.
-It rinses thoroughly. It didn’t get stuck in my eyebrows.
-It smells sa-weeeeet!
-My skin felt cleaner after use but I didn’t notice any major differences.
-The fragrance was subtle. Which is a great think. Strawberries and chocolate smell wonderful but too strong of a smell and it can bring on a headache.

-If you suffer from dry skin (I do), this may not be ideal. Within seconds of washing off and drying, I had dry patches all over my face.
-The ingredient list. Since I have acne-prone skin, I like to stick with preservative free products and I wish this baby had less friends on the ingredient list
-The color isn’t pretty. I know, I know, what can I say? I like pretty colors and this one just looks icky. So do most clay masks though so I can’t knock Freeman Beauty for that one.

If you’re in the market for a new mask, I say give this one a try. Freeman Beauty has a mess load of other facial care products and if their ingredient lists aren’t too extensive, I will definitely give them a try.

You can get this and other Freeman Beauty products from Walmart, Ulta, Duane Reade, CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger oooooor, you can buy it online.

Whatcha think? Would you try give this mask a spin?

Pop a pimple with Q-tips and win $50 to Sephora!

Acne sucks. So much so that I’ve named a series after them called….you guessed it, acne sucks. I’ll save my “It’s not fair that I’m 27 and battle acne as if I’m a teenager” speech another time.

Okay, wait….can I get just a few complaints in?

Seriously – what gives? I drink more than enough water, eat greens like I’m a plantasaurus (I so made that up) and treat my skin with the utmost respect. So why doesn’t my skin no like me? *sigh* Your guess is as good as mine. With skin like mine, I HAVE to stay stocked up with Q-tips Precision Tips.

We all know how great Q-tips are for angling eyeshadow, but my ambassadorship has challenged me to find another way to use Q-tips. Have you tried the Precision Tips for targeting pimples? Dude. They work! And luckily, I’ve got a pimple (or 10) to demonstrate how. You’ll never again see me using the words “luckily” and “pimple” in the same sentence again so cherish that one, okay?

Le pimples….

Sexy, uh? Le pimples meets Sire Q-tip Precision Tips…

Using a Q-tip to target pimples is rad. I mean, yeah, I can use my finger but the Q-tip gives me more….precision. And you need that precision for when you’re using products that only need to touch the pimple. Like tea tree oil. Tea tree oil zap my pimples with the quickness but it irritates the skin around it. No offense fingers but you ain’t got nothin’ on these Q-tip cuties.

Oh, and did I mention that the Q-tips Precision Tips are quite useful for putting medicine on pimples that pop up in my nose and ears? Yes. I am currently battling a pimple that is up my left nostril. I love y’all too much to show a picture of that. Trust me on this one.

Because misery loves company, share with me what you’d put on your Q-tips Precision Tips to get rid of of a pimple. A lucky girl or gal will score a $50 giftcard to Sephora. Wooooot!


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The Sweaty Betty Diaries: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Yours truly sweats like a beast. But of course you knew that, didn’t you? My friends are forever laughing at my inability to…not sweat. It’s just plain sad, I tell ya. Okay so yeah. Some of you guys and gals are battling freezing temps but such does not exist in the state of Florida. I sweat year round without prevail. These Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens are hookin’ a sista up though.

Like everything from Boscia, this little pack of sweat bustin’ linens is paraben-free and doesn’t contain any annoying fragrances or super strong scents. Which, of course, is a good thing because y’all know I can’t do super strong fragrances.

A pack of 100 sheets will run you $10, which isn’t a bad price. And I love how they smell.

If I sniff ’em hard enough, I get a faint whiff of tea bag. Any oil-y residue and sweaty bits left on my forehead, cheeks and nose and instantly scooped by the linen. Easy peasy. Every beauty technique should be this easy. Don’t cha think?

You can grab these from Sephora stores and at

Happy Chinese New Year! – by LUSH

Oh LUSH. I’ll never know how you do it. In honor of the Chinese New Year (which is today!), LUSH has so beautifully crafted a Red Dragon Soap.

Pretty, isn’t it? Retailed at $7.95, this beautiful bar of soap is gently dusted with gold shimmer.

I’m no fan of glitter particles in my body products but the good news is, after one wash, this dust of glitter washes away. What’s left is a perfectly scented bar of soap that will leave your guests going “OMG, where can I get one of those?”

Scent-wise, if you’re a lover of LUSH’s Karma (I am! I reviewed the solid perfume here), you’ll love the soap. It’s highly fragrant at initial lather but becomes mellow while scenting the skin with that lovely spicy concoction of patchouli, lavender and pine. And it’s a vegan dragon soap too that will be make a perfect gift for your beauty lovin’ vegan guys and girls.

Ah yes, that’s another thing. I find the Karma fragrance to be fitting for men and women. Because of its spiciness, it can easily work for girly girls, manly men and everyone else in between. How thoughtful of you, LUSH. You can snag this at LUSH locations and online.

Some Chinese New Year facts:
-Considering many Asian cultures celebrate it, Chinese New Year is commonly called Lunar New Year.
-The Chinese year is based off of the cycles of the moon.
-2012 is the year of the dragon
-In anticipation for the Chinese New Year, many families thoroughly clean their homes. Metaphorically speaking this is to get rid of the previous year’s bad luck to make space for the new year’s good luck.
-Red is considered a lucky color in China.

Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year?


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