Keeping It Caliente with Courtney: 2nd Tip


Hi guys! It’s B’s sister Courtney and I am continuing on with my summer series. Missed my first tip? You can find it here.

As most people know the economy is not doing so well. Saving money is a must for everyone. As a college student saving on the smallest things can make a HUGE difference.

Take your regular face cleanser for example…

I like to exfoliate my face at least 2-3 times a week to keep my skin nice and soft. Instead of spending money to buy a whole scrub, I just add a spoonful of sugar (Mary Poppins anyone, lol)

No…. really! Add a spoonful of sugar to your regular face wash…it will leave your skin feeling better than before.

If you want your face wash to be hard add more sugar, but if you want a nice scrub add just a little. Either way, it’s a nice cheap way to keep you saving money and looking great. And with those two things you can never lose~

Keep Your Summer Hot!

But Cool at the same time cause I know it’s burning up here in Tallahassee, Florida.

Until next time!
Courtney

Healthy Beauty: Beauty in Green Smoothies: my video

By popular demand….

….or by the 3 of y’all (giggles), I have decided to do a little video of how I make green smoothies. This video has annotations of little tips and tricks if you are new to making green smoothies. Even if you could care less, you should still watch this as it may inspire you to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies in your diet.

I didn’t use my handy dandy awesome camera for this video–and it shows! Enjoy nonetheless!


Check out my other health-infused beauty posts:

Beauty in vegan eats and raw food treats
Wii Fit called me fat!

Let me know what you think!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

I have finally gotten around to reviewing one of THEE most commonly requested mascaras. And I “think” this completes my reviews of ALL Maybelline mascaras currently in stores. Well, except Lash Discovery and Unstoppable. What do you think? Should I review those?

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7.99 )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This mascara builds full, soft thick lashes without the brittle feel.

* Prevents loss of lashes with patented Quick Dissolve System that allows easy mascara removal
* No clumps, no globs
* Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic
* Washable; also available in waterproof formula ” (source)

The truth:
Whoa! My lashes really are soft!

What I loved about it: I don’t know why–but I was shocked that my lashes actually stayed soft the entire day. Talk about upholding your claim, Maybelline. That’s friggin’ awesome!

What I didn’t like: Soft….YAY! Full….eh. And the wand is a big boy!

Overall: So I can see why so many of you requested this mascara. It probably stared you down. While you were glancing at the newer mascaras on the market, Mr. Full ‘N Soft was like,
“Hey!! Check me out….I’m old but I’m gold, baby.”

I know I’m not the only one that hears mascaras talking to them.

LOL, I’m kidding y’all. Kinda.

But yeah…Maybelline Full ‘N Soft is not bad. I will say that it isn’t GREAT for me because I desire darker lashes with more volume but this baby is perfect for everyday looks. If I happen to head to the gym after work, I don’t have to worry about it smudging and flaking. You’ll get some length. But not much. I like to think of this mascara as more of a “lash enhancer” if anything. If your lashes are already crazy long and full (then I hate you….lol, j/k) this would be perfect for you!

I should also mention that because it’s soft you don’t have to worry about any flaking. Most mascaras make your lashes hard. When they are hard and brittle you risk them [lashes] breaking and mascara residue falling in your eyes. Eww is right!!

Contact wearer or an allergic sufferer who is always eye-rubbing? Maybelline Full ‘N Soft would work for you too!!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Random photo! Had to conceal my tattoo for church. It rubbed off a bit HA!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Video Review:
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara

Anyone try this oldie but goodie?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

FOTD Friday: The Graduate look


This FOTD Friday is a response to a reader’s email. Check it out!

Dear B,
Hi! so i really love ur blog and love that you do realize that not everyone is good with makeup just yet. i’m one of those people. i am graduating from college in december and i’m excited! i know it’s early but i am thinking about makeup looks that i want to do for the ceremony and reception afterwards. i’ve been playing around with MAC pigments and would like to use some. what kind of look do you suggest? thanks!

Soon 2 B graduate in North Carolina.

Ahhh, this brings back memories. I graduated from college around this time 2 years ago. See!

That was a chubbier B but you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute! I remember trying to decide what look I was going to wear. I settled on MAC’s Woodwinked on the lid and MAC’s Sketch in my crease. Can’t believe I remember that.

Oh the memories…

But back to you, Dear reader. I only own 3 full size pigments. Melon, Coco Beach and Vanilla.

And I’ve had these for the longest! I never take the time to use pigments but I do think that these three used together can make for a pretty nice and subtle graduation look. Melon gives you some added shimmer but it isn’t too overwhelming but it will make you shine like the student star that you are!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

EYES:
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-L’Oreal HIP cream shadow paint in Witty
-MAC Melon pigment (lid)
-MAC Coco Beach pigment (crease)
-MAC Vanilla pigment (highlight)\
-Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
-MAC Blacktrack fluidline

LIPS:
-MAC Nightmoth lip liner
-MAC Hot ‘N Saucy tendertone

That lip combo has popped up in a great deal of my FOTDS because ohhh weee, I love it. Balms are great because they keep your lips moisturized without having to re-apply. Graduations can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and with all of the excitement going on, you really don’t have the time to keep re-applying glosses.

So here’s how it came out:



Not too shabby! So if pigments for your graduation look is where you really want to go, I suggest those three. Congrats again, lady!!

Anyone recommend any slammin’ graduation looks?

Do you remember what you wore for your high school or college graduation?

And happy weekend to all!

*hugs*

Stay beautiful,

Beauty Bee-haviors: I like it, but I can’t afford it…..

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.

I will be the first to tell you…I ain’t rich. Far from it, actually. Very far from it. I mean, faaaar from it.

You get what I’m sayin’, right? I have never felt the need to spend hundreds of dollars on make-up at one time. Not that my wallet would allow me. But that doesn’t stop me from lustin’ like crazy. Most of my lusts come and go but I just can’t shake this one.

That’s right. It’s the Clarisonic Face brush. I’ve been wanting one like mad for quite some time. But I can’t afford it. $200 for a face brush is sooo out of my budget. But I hear it works magic. And with my skin in the condition that it’s in, I would love to make the investment.

But still…$200 is a flight. A student loan payment. Tae Kwon Do lessons (meaning the ones I want to take).

I have yet to justify buying this baby simply because, I can’t afford it.

That’s right. I said it. Ain’t no shame in my game. LOL! It’s your turn…

What beauty product do you
want but just can’t afford?


Beauty Review: L’Oreal Cream Shadow paint

Yo yo lay-dees!!

So I got a TON of responses and emails from my L’Oreal HIP matte and metallic eyeshadow duos review. Which tells me….y’all really like L’Oreal HIP. Which is a good thing. I think this is a great drugstore brand that delivers higher end quality. I highly recommend purchasing L’Oreal HIP products when they go on sale at your local drugstores. I know for a fact that Walgreens and CVS regularly have L’Oreal HIP products on sale every week or so.

Time to review the paints!

L’Oreal HIP Cream
Shadow paint in Witty

Price: 3 out of 5 ($3-$12 at drugstores, Target stores and of course, online)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Paint a new world of color with HiP high intensity pigments™ Cream Shadow Paint. Use the perfectly smooth shadow alone for luminous all over color or use as a base under HiP shadow for a more intense look.” (source)

The truth:
This is a pretty fantabulous base. Wait….forget base, it works well as an eye shadow too!

What I loved about it: The packaging makes me feel like some artist. And my face is the drawing board. HA!

What I didn’t like: There isn’t much that I don’t like about these things. Well….wait, they could be a little cheaper. Actually, a lot cheaper.

Overall: So if you are a total newb to these paints, I know you’re lookin’ around like,

“B….it looks cool and all, but what in the world does it do?”

Okay okay…let’s go back to square one. These paints can be used as an eye shadow base. Or even as a cream eyeshadow. They in assist in ensuring that the eyeshadow you do use on top of it lasts all friggin’ day. I’m talkin’ NO creasing. If you decide to wear it alone, it works well too.

They are easy to apply. You can use a stiff brush or opt for your fingers. I find that the latter works easiest. I feel more in control when I am using my fingers. While application may be easy, it is important to blend these paints in. Nothing worse than looking in the mirror and noticing that your base is unblended. It can throw off your entire look. And y’all know I know from experience. LOL!

Now let’s see this bad boy in action.

Here is L’Oreal’s Cream Paint in Witty blended on my hand….


Do you see how this color in particular doubles so nicely as a base AND a shadow? It has enough color to make for a nice neutral eye but not TOO much color to where it would dramatically change the color of an eyeshadow.

*two snaps for the kid*

My eye with nothing on it…


My eye with Witty paint on it…


And then if I’m in a hurry but want to do a little somethin’-somethin’ to the lids, I’ll pull out a fluffy brush and a brown shadow….


….and bang it out!


Apply a highlight and you are good to go.

So yeah….L’Oreal HIP paints aren’t so bad at ‘tall. I loves ‘em.

For a comparison video of L’Oreal HIP’s cream paints and MAC’s Paints, click here.

Whatcha think?
Own these things?
Where do you buy them from?
Got any other colors?

My other L’Oreal HIP product reviews:
Matte & Metallic eyeshadow duos
Color Presso lip glosses

B’Rittany is HIP (lol),

Sista Showoff: FaceDrama Cosmetics

Hello fellow clumpers, it’s Tamar! I would like to welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series we like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses or organizations. Let us feature you! Shoot me an email at tamarforclumps@gmail.com.

When I think about buying makeup I think about companies that I see everyday. Recently my eyes have been opened to a world of makeup companies that have women behind them that made big dreams come true for themselves! Today I’m featuring a woman that is making a name for herself in the beauty world.

Keka, CEOand Founder of FaceDrama Cosmetics

I got a chance to ask her a few questions so we can get the scoop on what she’s all about….

1. What made you decide to start your own cosmetics company?

I started my own makeup company because as a make up artist, I invested money into other’s businesses and the products weren’t necessarily good. As makeup artists, we have tricks to make things work when products aren’t what we thought they’d be and when minorities are involved, it becomes doubly difficult. I thought, “Why not create my own line?” I created my own line so that I’d be in control of what I produced and , most importantly, it would have enough pigment for darker skin!

2. What inspires you?

The strength and beauty of my ancestors, my mami, my sister, my daughter, and my niece inspire me.

3. Where do you see FaceDrama in 5 years?

In 5 years, Face Drama will be a viable force in the makeup industry. We will be recognized internationally for our great products, our service in the community, creative campaigns, and our representation of all women!

4. What is the best makeup tip you can give COM readers?

The best tip I can give your readers is- find what works for them. Makeup trends are great but a true icon creates her own trends and personal style. So if you look hot rocking a bold red lip, let that be your signature! Don’t be afraid to be who YOU ARE.

5. What is the one product that you can’t leave the house without?

You know I’m not leaving leaving my house without mascara and something pretty on my lips.

6. When and where can we purchase your products?

Nationally the products aren’t available as of yet but I have been selling them in the Detroit (where I’m from). I will be taking online advanced orders in about a week or so. I just finished shooting my national campaign so I had to wait until that was done to actually launch the site. I have been sending samples, though so if the readers leave their contact info @ www.facedrama.com or email facedramacosmetics@yahoo.com- we will get back to them. I can’t keep all this fabulousness to Detroit, only!

EDIT: The products are now available online

7. What advice can you give women trying to venture out and start a business?

The best advice that I can give a woman starting her own business is- don’t be afraid to succeed. Many times, we talk ourselves out of being successful. All successful people started big…. Baby steps are for who they are named after- babies! Come out running in your stilettos!

Now I want to share with you a few pictures of the makeup

The packaging is so sophisticated!

I have two lipsticks in Hot mama (Sexy Red), Loot (Bronze) and 1 Gloss ware in Mary Berry ( Pinkish brown with a hint of gold)

My camera doesn’t capture the essence of the products! I’m working on that though. Did I mention the gloss taste like chocolate cake?

I have two eyeshadow pots in Sugar Cookie (resembles a sugar cookie with sparkle) and Smoldering (Think black Licorice). The shadow is very pigmented and stays on ALL day without creasing!

I really love these products! I have even started to wear the lipstick and I have always been a gloss type of girl! What I love the most is how personable Keka is! She cares about your needs and it really does matter to her if you like the product! So go check her out over at FaceDrama.com! Leave her comments, questions or concerns in the comment section and she will answer you back!!

Keep It Clumping,

Tamar

Beauty Review: Venus Spa Breeze Disposables

Hey summer mamas!

Have you had enough of the beach yet? What do you mean you haven’t gone because of your hairy legs? Giiirl, you better it together.

As a Floridian, I pretty much need to ALWAYS have my legs ready to go at any given moment. And I need a darn good razor that can rock my world and shave my legs effortlessly. Does Venus’ Spa Breeze razor do the trick? Or is a knick nack patty WACK of a razor? Dig the review.

…..and laugh at my joke. LOL!

Venus Spa Breeze Disposables

Price: 4 out of 5 ($7-$10 anywhere razors are sold)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“With a beautiful blush pink handle, Venus Spa Breeze features flexible shave gel bars infused with the clean, fresh scent of white tea to indulge the senses while providing a close shave”



The truth:
Talk about a slick shave, mama! Woo!

What I loved about it: The scratch and sniff sticker on the packaging!


Okay, I’m kidding. I won’t tell you that I peeled the sticker off and put it on the back of my cell phone. Hehehe….but seriously, this is my first time I have ever used a razor with a “built-in shave gel bar”…but you know what? I can get down with this.

What I didn’t like: Dude, where’s my top? Not top as in shirt—I mean top as in “I want to cover the razor for traveling so that when I stick my hand in my cosmetic bag, I won’t slice my left pinky.” Not that I know from experience or anything.

Overall: The Venus Spa Breeze is quite the cutie….I mean, as far as razors go. Can’t deny how purty she is with the pink handle and shave gel bar. I like the nice grip you get with the handle too.

Speaking of shave gel bar…..it wanted to make a guest appearance.


Now one would probably be skeptical with these shave gel bars. You’re probably thinking one of the two.

“Those bars probably don’t last long.”

OR

“Those bars probably fall out after a few uses.”

Now you’re thinking, “OMG B…how are you reading my mind?” Yes yes, I know. I had the SAME questions and I am proud to announce that the Spa Breeze ‘s bars DO last for quite some time and they DON’T fall out. I have not had to change in a 2 months or so. And I shave pretty frequently!

The bars don’t fall out. Instead they kind of just…wash away. Which really isn’t a problem because then you go right back to using your regular shaving gel—or hair conditioner, if you’re like me.

As I mentioned, I would LOVE if these babies had some kind of top so that they would REALLY make for easy traveling. I’ve been having to stuff mine in Zip-Loc bags and c’mon….that’s so not cute. Aaaand, I would love to see it with 5 blades instead of 4. That would make for super close shave!

But other than that, I highly recommend these razors if you are in the market for some. I have featured the disposables but you can also purchase the entire system which includes the refillable razors, two cartridges and a shower compact for under $10.

Can’t beat that with a stick—as my Mommy would say!

So what do you think?
Have you tried this razor?
Want ‘ it?
Got any razor horror stories?

Shave on, sisters!