Summer 2016 Edition – 5 Skincare Products That I’m Loving

Oh darlings, I know I’ve been pretty ghost around these parts. It seems as if Clumps of Mascara is a 3rd grader on summer break. Ha! Too bad I don’t get the opportunity to get any real breaks. I mean, Esposo did put me up in a hotel so that I could be relieved of mama duties and trust me, that was sooooo appreciated.

Until our huge relaunch and site redesign in the Fall (I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I really hope you love it), things will be a bit quiet with 1-2 posts a week. But I’m not quiet everywhere. I’m alllll over Snapchat, Instagram and the Clumps of Mascara Facebook page houses some of the best and most beautiful people in the world. 

Skincare

If you’ve been following me on Snapchat, you know that I’ve been hooooooked on Skincare items lately. Like,  I can’t get enough. I’ve vowed to be more invested in the products that I use and I really just want to get into a nice routine. I’m 31 and wrinkle-free NOW, but shoot…I won’t be forever 31. Hehe, see what I did there? 

So here we are! My current skincare loves…

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum (here, $59.50-$154.00)*

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The Receutics Active Skin Repair Experience

This sponsored post is brought to you by One2One Network. Guest contributor BriAna is sharing her experience with the fabulous Receutics Active Skin Repair skincare line. 

Receutics Active Skin Repair1My skin goes through regular mood swings. Between being extremely oily and dryer than the Mojave desert, I have acne scars, and overall problem skin. I change the face wash I use daily, depending on how my skin feels that day. So, when I was given the opportunity, I was beyond excited to try a new facial care regimen.

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The Best Form of Makeup

Want to know the secret to great makeup? It's great skin! Kids, life, environment, age can call take a toll on looking refreshed but not anymore!Is great skin. 

I’m no spring chicken anymore and two kids will take a toll on your look. Some things can be hidden with the wonders of stellar foundation matched with amazing cover-up but even then, there are no promises. Having a quality skin care routine is just like having a great exercise plan–both will ultimately make you look good in your clothes (or make up) but isn’t the ultimate goal to look good naked? Yes. Yes, it is.

Want to know the secret to great makeup? It's great skin! Kids, life, environment, age can call take a toll on looking refreshed but not anymore!

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I’m Terrified To Do it So…I’ll Do It

I feel like a punk, y’all. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I used to be fearless. Here I am at 31 years old and I get all anxious and nerve rack’y over doing something SO simple. Something that I’ve done a gajillion times before. Why am I freaking out over this? 

The Makeup Show NYC is coming up and I very impulsively booked a flight to go. I used to go to this show regularly and that whole  kid life + limited personal days due to work things put a damper on all of that. But now I’m self-employed and I’ve got a husband with a super flexible schedule who took the time off so that he could take care of home while I travel. I get to hang out with friends and brands, run up and down those New York City streets, eat fancy food and sleep. I get to sleep! I haven’t slept a good 4 hours straight in monthsssss. Leaving mommy duties and the babies at home means I can get interrupted sleep. This is exciting, right? 

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Naked Bar Soap Company – A Lovely Gem in Orlando

Naked Bar Soap Company Orlando

Let me tell you about the College Park area in Orlando, Florida. It’s a quaint little part of town where you won’t find many tourists. Locals move up and down the streets drinking coffee at Credo, getting facials at T-Secret and visiting The Spa. The best pasta dishes are served at Trevi Pasta and The Cookie Cousins get an A+ from me in the cookie department.

Liquid Soap

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8 Naturally Based Skincare Items

Natural Skincare

I’m pretty picky in the skincare department. I mean, yeahhhhh…I’m open to trying just about anything but when I am buying for myself, I tend to run to the skincare brands that use natural ingredients. Are “natural” and “organic” totally trigger words that make people feel like they’re using products that are better than the alternatives? Yep! But whatever. Here are 8 brands that have totally peaked my interest. And wallet! 

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My Top 5 Favorite Beauty Tools

Beauty Tools

Tools of the trade, baby. All of us beauty lovin’ guys and gals have them. I actually have A LOT but have managed to list just 5. These are the tools that I simply can’t live without. 

Dem tweezahs!  

Yooooo, where would I be without tweezers? I would be a hot mess. I’d be a confident hot mess, but a hot mess nonetheless. Tweezers are everything for a girl like me who naturally grows bushy brows and a beard. Okay, it’s not a full blown beard but if I didn’t tweeze it, I could probably beat a 13-year old boy in a ‘stache race. It’s sad. And I hate it. But tweezers make my life fuller, richer and I feel so much more confident owning several of ’em. 

Liquid Pump Dispenser 

Okay, it’s not that big of a deal. Just kidding, it is. I looooove these pump dispensers. I still use that fantastic (but over priced) nail polish remover that is Zoya Remove + and that was when I was first introduced to that kind of bottle. Now I’ve got a dozen of them all over the house. It’s not a “tool” per se but I find them so incredibly useful for toner, alcohol and even vinegar for spot cleaning in the kitchen. Technically, vinegar could be considered a tool, too but I’ll save that for another day. 

simplehuman mirror 

It’s funny what happens when you look at your face through a well lit mirror. I don’t care how beautiful you think you are (and you ARE beautiful, babe), you may gasp in horror. You SEE things when you look at yourself through one of those mirrors. Pores look like boulders and you’re never really prepared for this kind of thing. Even still, I love my simplehuman Mirror. It is absolutely wonderful. I’ve stared at my mug for hours just plucking and analyzing and really it’s one of the best beauty tools out there. 

Acrylic containers

I rock the minimalist look when it comes to storage. While I love bright and bold colors, I tend to let the cosmetics do the talking and store them in clear acrylic containers. Oh, how I love these. Stores like The Container Store carry them in soooo many different sizes and I love that they can make your space look clean and sophisticated. I love this set, too! 

Clarisonic  Mia

Obviously, right? I’ve been bragging about this thing for almost 5 years now. And here’s why. But also, here’s another reason. I have GOT to get my hands on that baby.

What beauty tools rock your world? 

 

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Migraine Inducing Fragrances and Why I’d Rather Smell Like A Goat

I cared for my skin from the inside out with Aveeno® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Aveeno

Okay, I’m kidding. For the record, I never really want to smell like a goat. No offense to goat lovers out there. But I’ll tell you what…fragrances make my head hurt. And not even a little. I’m talkin’, straight up passed out in bed don’t even know my name-type hurt.

I’ve suffered from migraines. Listen here. If I had to pick between giving birth and having a migraine, I’d pick giving birth. Call me crazy but you may know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever had a migraine. 

Years ago I swore off of fragrances completely. Everything from my body products to my laundry detergent and dish liquid went fragrance-free. And the migraines disappeared. I can’t say that’s the reason WHY they disappeared but I’m running with it and will continue to live as fragrance-free as possible.

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