Eyeliner poppin’!

It is no surprise that I love eyeliner. I almost love it as much as I love mascara. In fact, I almost called Clumps of Mascara Eyeliner Smudges.

Nahhh, I’m kidding. But eyeliner really is one product that I think every lady should have in her stash. A quick line on the lower lashline can do SO much for a look. Take this look for example….


I was rushing for work (per usual). To make my freshly threaded brows stand out, I applied a bit of matte eye shadow under them. This brightens up my eyes. I grabbed a volumizing mascara to make my lashes out. And then I grabbed an aqua liner (Urban Decay, baby!) and applied it to my waterline.

Wait….how do you do that again, B?


There’s the video for review and this post will give you a good amount of tips so that you too can get your eyeliner poppin’!

Rock on, homies!

Amor de Lacquer: Konad Nail Art 101


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.

Lemme tell ya, kids….konading is one thing. Taking pictures of konading AND doing a video on konading is a whole ‘nother chore. But I had to do it after receiving so many requests from my YouTube fam.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that on most weekends I tweet what I call my “Weekend manicures”. These looks are usually outrageous, not safe for work and all around fun.

Last week I tweeted this…


This was my first REAL deal Konad. I’ve had the system for months but it wasn’t until last weekend when I really went crazy with it.

What is Konad?
Simply put—a nail art system. I remember seeing these things in the mall when I was in middle/high school and thought they were super lame. I always thought they were for little girls who wanted to play “Let’s go to the nail salon”. Don’t know what I was thinking. Konading is a heap of fun. But is it easy to do?

Not for newbies….i.e. me. It’s a process really.

First you have to get the kit. This includes some nail art plates, a stamper and scraper. I purchased mine at a kiosk in an outlet but you can also get them from websites like this one and this one.


Then you polish your nails. With any polish. I chose Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes. OMG, these are incredible–review coming soon.


Let the nails dry and apply a polish over a nail design on one of the Konad plates. Like so….

Use the scrapper to remove polish from the outside perimeter of the plate.


Take your stamper and stamp! The design transfers from the plate to the stamper.


This is the tricky part. The part that I ALWAYS screw up on…….transferring the design to the nail. My nail beds are wide and long. These designs never really cover my entire nail. Not even my pinky!


A few minutes later and I’ve done the entire hand….

Konading is still a challenge for me. Stamping my middle fingers is a nightmare. I end up having to stamp twice and then the designs overlap and it’s not as fancy and neat as the other nails. In my experience, Konad works well with all of the nail polishes I have used. The white polish is a “Konad Special polish” but I have also used a China Glaze, Essie and Zoya with no problem.

I did a video too! OMG, it took me forever, y’all…..LOL!

What do you think? Into Konading? Wanna try?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

This Week’s Spotlights & Sales: 9/13/09

I’m a little delayed on getting this one out but the deals are still poppin’!

Clinique Gift with Purchase
at Macy’s!

I think I indulged in this last year. Spend $21.00 at a Clinique counter in Macy’s and you get a free gift! This includes a lippie, mascara, blushwear cream stick, liquid face soap and skin tone corrector. The latter is reason enough to scoop this up! Click HERE for more info. Not sure how long this will last so hurry hurry!

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • Walgreens Brand cotton balls and polish remover–99 cents!
  • Rimmel Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 Free <---FAB DEAL!
  • Aveeno Skin Care–20% off
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free–All Almay Eye
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free off Revlon Cosmetics
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • (with card) Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99
  • (with card) CoverGirl Lashblast Length-$6.99 <---GET IT!!!
  • (with card) Sally Hansen polishes–$1.99 <---What a deal!
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off–ALL L’Oreal

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free CoverGirl Face and Eye products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off–Almay Cosmetics
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free-Revlon powder, blush, foundation, concealer
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off all Maybelline eye and lip products
  • Sally Hansen Nail enamel–$3.99

Happy shoppin’!



This Week’s Spotlights & Sales: 9/13/09

I’m a little delayed on getting this one out but the deals are still poppin’!

Clinique Gift with Purchase
at Macy’s!

I think I indulged in this last year. Spend $21.00 at a Clinique counter in Macy’s and you get a free gift! This includes a lippie, mascara, blushwear cream stick, liquid face soap and skin tone corrector. The latter is reason enough to scoop this up! Click HERE for more info. Not sure how long this will last so hurry hurry!

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • Walgreens Brand cotton balls and polish remover–99 cents!
  • Rimmel Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 Free <---FAB DEAL!
  • Aveeno Skin Care–20% off
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free–All Almay Eye
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free off Revlon Cosmetics
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • (with card) Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99
  • (with card) CoverGirl Lashblast Length-$6.99 <---GET IT!!!
  • (with card) Sally Hansen polishes–$1.99 <---What a deal!
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off–ALL L’Oreal

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 13th-September 19th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free CoverGirl Face and Eye products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off–Almay Cosmetics
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free-Revlon powder, blush, foundation, concealer
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off all Maybelline eye and lip products
  • Sally Hansen Nail enamel–$3.99

Happy shoppin’!



Beauty…and the Male: The Flip Flop Revolution

Part of the reason for my column on COM, is that several ladies commented that they want to know more about what men really like. Many times, men are too embarrassed or frightened to tell you what we really find attractive. So we just go along, to get along. However, I feel compelled to use my voice to speak out for all men (well, the ones that care about fashion).

I’m not sure exactly what is happening in the culture of women’s fashion in this country, but the flip flop has seriously taken over. And as a man, I have to say, I am NOT happy about it! First, let me say that I am all for comfort in today’s stressful society. If you are out and about on a weekend, running errands, or taking your kids to soccer practice, then by all means, enjoy yourself and the comfort of having your feet exposed to the sun (pedicure–mandatory).

Yet, while I believe in comfort, I also believe in appropriateness and the envelope has been pushed way too far! Recently, I did an informal survey and just began to pay more attention to women’s footwear in professional and more formal settings. I observed flip flops at work, at school, in airports, in business meetings, and even at funerals! Is it too much to ask for a little black pump during a FUNERAL!?!?!? The sexiest image is and continue to be a woman walking down the street in a nice skirt and a nice pair of heels!

Call me a bad person, but I firmly believe that this is the difference between our current generation and the ones in the past. Take a look at the adults in the 20s and 30s. If someone came out in public wearing flannel nightclothes, they would have been stoned in the public square. Yet, we allow it under the guise of it being more comfortable.

Very slowly, our society is corroding. The “rules” are being relaxed. Even in those instances when they should not be. Well, I, for one am ready to stand against it!! Get a grip and hold on to your soles, ladies…here’s a newsflash…the Flip Flop Revolution is OVER!

Until next time,
KP

More about Kenneth:

Kenneth D. Pratt Esq. is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, and sports.

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara

Oh yeah….another mascara review! This baby has been highly anticipated in the mascara world. I have gotten so many emails about L’Oreal Explosion. With a name like “Explosion” you would think this ish is like…amaziiiiiing. Is it though?

Check the review!

L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 (around $9.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “…the first mascara at mass with a spherical brush and smooth formula to lengthen and separate every lash. Creamy formula works with the unique patened brush to build quickly, leaving a flexible deposit of color.”

The truth:
It has some of the same issues that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes had. Buuuut, I like this one better.

What I loved about it: Its affordability. And I love the wand. I can’t deny…whoever came up with this idea of making a mascara wand a little ball is a genius. I find that this design works great for any and everyone. It REALLY gets in those corner lashes.

What I didn’t like: Like Givenchy’s Phenomen ‘Eyes, I was sent to Clumps City around the second coat. Third coat was a nightmare!

Overall: I’m not saying I’m a Know-It-All but I knew this mascara was a comin’. No I didn’t have any insider secrets but it only makes sense. We saw the same thing with Lancome Oscillation. Soon after Maybelline Pulse Perfection hit the scene. Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes blew us away and now we’ve got L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion. If you are one of those ladies that don’t want to shell out close to $30 on a specialty mascara, wait a few months. No doubt a drugstore brand will come out with a similar mascara.

If you have already tried Phenomen ‘Eyes, you can’t help but compare L’Oreal’s Explosion to it. It’s pretty automatic considering they both have what I like to call the dagger-like wand.

Not sure if I’ve said it enough so I’ll say it again, THE WAND IS AWESOME!! It is perfect perfect perfecttttt for ladies of all lash-types. Especially for those who struggle with separation issues. This, in my opinion, is the BEST brush for ladies with those issues.

Is it great for lengthening? Yes.
What about volumizing? It’s just “eh”. Not bad but not spectacular either.

Now let’s talk about a few of the mascara’s downfalls….like Phenomen ‘Eyes, L’Oreal Explosion clumps pretty badly. I really don’t understand why. Is is the formula? Or maybe it’s the way that wand is shaped….I really haven’t figured it out but it’s frustrating to say the least. The wand does such a dynamic job at separating that you really want to go for 2-3 coats. But the attempt will have you lookin’ in the mirror and uttering “WTF”. So sad, I know….

One coat is more than enough! Get those inner corners, separate the lashes and you are good to go. No need to push a second coat. It really will clump you up somethin’ seriously.

NOTE: I also found that this mascara works best with something like a mascara shield. I don’t know if it’s just me and my clumsiness but I ended up with a lot of the mascara being on the skin behind my lashes. This is crazy frustrating. Especially if you have applied eye make-up. This can be prevented by simply blocking that skin–use a mascara shield or even an index card.

Now let’s see the mascara in action…



Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 1 coat of mascara


One coat isn’t bad…but check out the disaster that is two coats:


Yikes! See what I mean about only needing one coat?

More shots of L’O Explo in action….

Would I recommend it?: I do. Every mascara lovin’ gal needs to give it a whirl. I think everyone will be impressed with the separation on this baby. And who knows? You can probably do one coat for separation and then follow up with your favorite mascara for optimum results. Heyyy!!!

Video Review!


So whatcha think? Are you ready for it? It won’t be available until November 2009 (don’t be askin’ me how I got it…y’all know I’m cool with the Mascara Fairy. *wink*) but are you anxious for it now?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: Purples Lips, part III


Yesss, purples again. I know, I know…they are the source of my beauty inspiration these days. Last week I did purples on the eyes and this time I took it back to the lips. Now I’m no stranger to lavender lips. Y’all have seen me in them here and here. To say I’m a fan of purple lips is an understatement. I flippin’ love them!

MAC Violetta is not a newbie to MAC Pro. It’s been awhile for a minute and every time I stop by the store it is staring me in the face and calling my name. I’m not kidding. This color is fierce.

See….


Violetta is all kinds of dopeness. I knew it would create a bangin’ purple lip. MAC defining it as a bright clean violet purple is so right on.

I even decided to add another lip liner to the 4 or so I have. I love my Nightmoth but it can be a little too dark. Even with a light hand, it can dramatically change the look of your lipstick.

Vino is a lot more forgiving.


Vino is the bottom line. HUGE difference, right? So..I went ahead and got to work.


And here’s what I ended up with…

Eh. I mean, I like it but I needed some thing else. Something that would really kick the purple up a notch.

And I found it.

Ta dahhhh!!


Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Make Up For Ever’s Glossy Full Couleur is perfect for topping off a purple look. By itself it isn’t too pigmented but when layering…oh wowsers!


And I should mention that this gloss is pretty minty and uh…tasty.

Purple-y glossy goodness!


Purple lips make me so happy!

I so don’t need any more purple lipsticks. I’m done.

I think.

Have an awesome weekend!!!


Stay beautiful,

Wednesday’s Sales & Spotlights!-9/10/09

Hi my lovelies. This is an altered re-post from this past Sunday. Had to share some other awesome things with my fam.

*hugs*

Check out my post on AOL’s
Black Voices


Yes y’all…that is a very young B. Around 6th grade or so. It’s okay to laugh….we all had to start somewhere. HAAA!!! Check out THIS POST to see the article I wrote about my hair journey. Show me some love and leave some comments over there. I wanna know what the Clumps fam thinks!

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The Fairest.com has Tarte Cosmetics
50% off!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Boom boom pow! That’s an awesome sale, y’all. But it only lasts for 2 days. And if you have to join TheFairest.com. And when you do join tell ‘em I referred you. *wink* The Party Girl’s Essential set is only $32! And it comes with a cheek stain, mascara, eyelash curler, lipstick, powder AND liquid eyeliner!!!

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Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk contest!

Lookie lookie! Carol’s Daughter is having a weekly contests! Tell them why Hair Milk is so totally wonderful for you and you can win a $100 gift card to Carol’s Daughter. Fabulous! Click HERE to enter. And when you when you can hook your girl up with some of that Almond Cookie scrub. Holla!
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September is Thyroid Cancer
Awareness Month

Did you know? I didn’t but y’all know I love awareness—especially those dealing with health and wellness. Thyroid cancer is the 6th most common cancer among women. Early detection is the key. Betsy from A Few Good GumDrops tells us all about it here.

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Neutrogena Cosmetics Hair or Skincare.
  • 25% off L’Oreal Cosmetics, Skincare or Hair color
  • 33% off Borghese nail lacquer
  • 50% off of Kiss or Broadway nails kits or accessories

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • (with card) Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Neutrogena Cosmetics.
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Maybelline Cosmetics foundationblush, powder, concealer or lip
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free L’Oreal Color Riche or Infalliable Lip color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Nail color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Moon drops or Super Luscious Lips
  • (with card) Dark & Lovely Hair color $4.99! <---loves this stuff!

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Giveaway at Just Kiss ‘N Makeup

Jamie over at JustkissnMakeup is hosting a giveaway this MONTH to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Look at the goodies!

Of course you can get all the info and answers to all of your questions from Jamie herself here and here.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free at L’Oreal HIP, eye, and lip products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon face and eye products only!

Happy shoppin’!