50 million pound challenge: Water Water is my friend…


Let’s rap about water.

Do you drink enough?

Or are you stuck on sodas and high fructose juices? Would you rather drink coffee or a mixed drink than water? Pull yourself together, sister. Water is your friend. You NEED it. And not just when you’re thirsty.

I drink a little over a gallon of water a day.


It’s as if my body craves it. I mean, at any minute of the day…you can find me drinking from some bottle.


Purchasing water bottles can be expensive so I installed a filter in my kitchen. I fill up a gallon of water each day to take with me to work. That gallon sits at my desk and by the end of the day, it’s empty.

And in case you didn’t know, here are some important reasons why you SHOULD drink water:

  • Water can help flush out those nasty toxins in the body. Every few days I add either fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to my water. Both are great at detoxifying.
  • Water helps food digest properly. You know that yucky feeling in your tummy when you’ve eaten too much food and hours later you STILL feel a bloated mess? Um yeah…that’s constipation. Water can clear that up!
  • Water is good for the skin! And Lord knows I need as much help with clear skin as possible….
  • Water can aid in weight loss. Try replacing water with coffee, alcoholic beverages and sweet drinks for week and see what happens. Unlike all of those drinks, water has ZERO calories, ZERO fat and ZERO sugar.
  • Water makes for a better work-out. This is so true! I find that when I’m not drinking any water at all before and during my work-outs, I am more sluggish and tiresome. (source)

While experts say we are SUPPOSED to drink 8 glasses (or 8 ounces) of water a day, I think just making sure that you aren’t dehydrated is enough. However, if you’re on a weight loss journey, I think it’s important to keep track of everything. Even water. I keep my water in water bottles with numbers on them.

That way I can know for sure that I’ve had enough to drink in days I don’t drink from my gallon. Between my water and liquid heaven that is this….

I’m good! I’ve never been a coffee (yuck) or alcohol drinker so drinking only water and green smoothies works for me. On the weekends I’ll splurge a bit and drink a Shirley Temple (I’m such a kid, ha!) or sweet tea.

But at the end of the day, it’s water that keeps me feeling good. If you haven’t made friends with water, start incorporating more glasses of it in your daily schedule. If you need help, put an alarm on your watch or in your phone to remind you to drink more.

Any avid water drinkers out there?

I’m going to be posting about fitness the next few Challenge posts. You ready? Let me know what y’all think about these posts. Are they helpful? Don’t hesitate to send me any emails at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com if you have any suggestions or questions!

Until next time….

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes

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Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Mattes


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.

That’s right…more mattes! But before you roll your eyes and tell me you can’t get down with the matte look, check out Orly’s! Their finish reminds me so much of Nubar’s and Zoya’s. They have that velvet-y thing goin’ on that a lot of anti-matte folx can get down with. Watch this…..

Blue Suede


WOW! I mean….wow. I probably should have thrown a top coat over this baby just to see what it would look like. But I was too busy loving its matte-ness. What a stunning blue. I don’t have any blues like this in my collection. I think this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t like mattes, you can always throw a top coat over it and rock it like normal. Love. It!


Matte Vinyl

This just may be my favorite matte blacks. The application was phenomenal and the intensity of the black was dead one. It wasn’t the least bit streaky.

Purple Velvet

What a fabulous purple! Y’all know my heart beats for purple polishes and this one does not let me down.

Wow…I mean wow, Orly. I will always be a fan of Orly for their rubberized handle. This just makes all to much sense for nail techs and regular polish polishers alike. Application of these mattes were great. I didn’t experience any streakiness and I got good opaque coverage in only one coat. I went ahead with two coats for each just because that’s what I’m used to.

You can get them for $3.19 each at TransDesign.com or at any Orly retailer like Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Are these not the best things ever or what?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Giveaway! Venus Embrace razor–5 possible winners!

That’s right!

Venus is giving us 5 razors to give away so that you too can experience this award wining fabulousness! Check out the details below:

  • This giveaway is for U.S. residents over (Int’l fam, hang in there…got something for you soon)
  • Simply choose a number from 1-10. It’s okay if someone else has selected your number.
  • If you do not have a Blogger account with contact information, don’t forget to leave your email address.
  • Deadline to get your entry in is Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 6:00 a.m. PST

Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com with any questions. Good luuuuck!

Beauty Review: Venus Embrace razor


Well, it’s summer time in Florida.

I’m not even kidding, y’all. It is December and it was freakin’ 85 degrees the other day. I’m not complaining. You see, in Florida…we don’t have winters, we have cold fronts that come every 2-3 days or so. So while some of you can relate to the “weather outside is frightful”…I’m still wearing sleeveless tops, sandals and skirts.

Somebody out there is cursing me out, I know. I’m sorry. But what I’m not sorry about is shaving every day. Who really has time for that? I don’t! I am also a girl who isn’t ashamed of stubble either.

And that’s why Venus Embrace is for me.

What’s to be said about the Embrace:

“Embrace has several key features:

· Five curve-hugging blades positioned closely together and spring mounted to create a shaving surface that adjusts to the natural contours and curves of a woman’s body.

· A Protective Ribbon of Moisture that surrounds the shaving surface for smooth glide.

· A Soft Grip handle that improves control, even when wet.

· A ShowerPod® with suction cup attachments for convenient in-shower storage.”

This thing has 5 blades. Not 3, not 4 but FIVE! You know what that means? That means I’m shaving less. *love sigh* It also means my legs aren’t getting as much irritation from constant shaving. This is especially important for sensitive armpits. No wonder the Embrace was recently named one of Allure magazine’s 2009 “Best of Beauty” products. And they’ve won a good other 15 awards too. Well, make that 16!

I’m giving it the “Thanks to you I don’t have to shave every 5 minutes” award. Yay Embrace!

Ahh…now I can go back to frolicking in dew sprinkled grass.

…slick sexy legs and all!

Have you tried the Embrace? You can’t tell me it’s not awesome!

Check out my review of the Venus Spa Breeze razor here.

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This product was provided to us for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 12/13/09

GlamourSquad
Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

Clumps of Mascara loves red lipstick and challenges you to wear your favorite red lippy during the holiday season.

DivaDebbi is in search of the lost (eyebrow) arch.

Butterflydiary gives you the Screen Siren Lipstick Guide and tips to achieve stars’ pouts.

Adina of Krasey Beauty has 3 Ecotools Overnight makeup bags to give away!

The Beauty Alchemist gets in the holiday spirit with the Annick Goutal Noel Candle

The Product Pasha lets out her inner holiday diva with a little help from Orly Femme Fatale.

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Queen volume mascara

Nope, it’s not new. You probably haven’t seen any commercials for this mascara in a while….if ever. I am huge fan of CoverGirl’s Queen line. Did the mascara impress me? Hmm….

CoverGirl Queen Volume mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.00-ish at drugstores)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: The packaging…



The truth:
Eh…it’s not BAD.

What I loved about it: It gave a good amount of volume.

What I didn’t like: The wand was massive. I’m so not a fan of wands like this:

Overall: I didn’t have have high expectations for this baby. And I guess that’s a good thing because it really didn’t let me down. When I think of CoverGirl mascaras, my mind always flashes back to the fabulousness that is Lash Blast. CoverGirl got it right with that mascara. Don’t get me wrong, Queen isn’t “bad”. It’s just an average mascara. Now and days mascaras are vibrating and have funky wands and colors and well, it doesn’t look like CG Queen volume can compete.

The larger wand makes for difficult application. For ladies with smaller lids and lashes, y’all will endure somewhat of a struggle. This wand doesn’t work too well with getting in the corners either.

In the volumizing department, it fairs well. In fact, I was shocked at the amount of volume that I got. I didn’t see much length but the volume was enough for me. No real major problems either. *yawn* It works. It works well. But don’t don’t expect to be blown away. And if you’re looking for just a bit of volume and don’t need any tricks….you may like this one. But if you’re like me and want fireworks after applying a new mascara…NEXT!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)





Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Only if you find it on sale or just have a general interest on how it works. I think there are better ones out there. But if you do end up getting it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed?

What do you think about CoverGirl’s Queen volume? A fan?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Giveaway Winner! The Body Shop 12 Days of giveaway

One week and almost 500 entries? Wow! This Body Shop goodies giveaway has proven to be the giveaway of all giveaways on Clumps of Mascara. There was no way I could select a winner by myself so I went to Random.org for help.

This giveaway had 462 entries through the site and one entry was sent to me via email. This entry was included in the others according to its date and time submission. Soooo, I said all of that to say that only one winner could be selected and it iiiiis….


Miss. Boom! Congratulations!! No worries if you did not win this time around. I’m going to have another giveaway coming up in a matter of days.

‘Tis the season!

FOTD Friday: Make Up For Ever, I Love Forever!


Have I ever told y’all how much I love Make Up For Ever? Their eye shadows are impeccable. Amazing. Phenomenal. They rock beyond belief. They only thing stopping me from indulging in more of their products is the hefty price tag. It’s tough to give up $19 a shadow…even if they are are all that and a bag of pita chips. If it weren’t for the discounts at The Makeup Show NYC, I’m not sure if I would be able to play around with MUFE as much.

Whaaat? I’m being honest. Y’all know I’m a bit frugalista.

I decided to play around with some pinks. It took me awhile to warm up to pinks. I didn’t think they could work well on brown skin. How gorgeous are these?


And some swatches….


Oh yeah, MUFE…you got it goin’ on and you know it. I was rushing for work and didn’t have much time to really pack on the color like I wanted to. I called in another color to help me out.

I really wish MUFE had names for their colors. They go by numbers and since mine sit in a palette and I didn’t think to mark them before placing them in the palette. I don’t even much know what is what. Ahhh well…

My first few attempts with dealing with the mattes had me struggling.


I tweaked it a bit and tried to make it work appropriate and neat. I also played around with some liquid liner (gulp) and did a cat eye. Haven’t done one of those in for-ev-er!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
(same ole’ same ole’…if my skin likes it, so do I!)

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hip cream paint in Witty

NARS Edie e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
4 ‘unknown’ Make Up For Ever e/s
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Iman Cosmetics Luxury Liquid eyeliner in Onyx
Diorshow mascara in Plum

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Chestnut (brown girl classic, right? lol)
Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Nearly There
Maybelline ColorSensational lipgloss in Broadway Bronze

I mean….I don’t know. I’m not 100% feeling this look. I definitely could have spent more time blending and packing on the color for high intensity color payoff. MUFE shadows really aren’t for the weak. You have to bring your A game if you blame on rollin’ with these top dawgs.

I’ve learned my lesson. Still love you, MUFE! And we shall meet again. More preferably on a weekend when I can be all free and uninhibited.

Any of ya’ll dabble in Make Up For Ever?

Love ’em? Hate ’em?


Have an awesome weekend,

Iman Cosmetics liquid eyeliner and Maybelline ColorSensational products were provided to us for post consideration by PR representatives. Read our disclosure policy here