2 Year Anniversary Wrap-Up (winners list)

Well….I would say Clumps of Mascara’s 2 Year Anniversary went VERY well. I received so many emails, comments, tweets and messages congratulating me. But really it’s Y’ALL that should get the love. This site would not be anything had it not been for you. Your support is my inspiration. And my inspiration is leading to bigger and better things.

With that said, congratulations to the Anniversary winners!

Twitter Winners:
@TheIMakeupMaven

@LolaAM
@magicmaid

YouTube Winner:
anongabba026

Blog Winners:
Trish D
Akua
diskogal (email me!)

A special thank you to the following bloggers who blogged about Clumps’ Anniversary:
-MagicXMaid
-Posh-Ville
-Black Twitterati

And another BIG thank you to the bloggers who participated in the “Surprise for Brittany” post as well as the Clumps’ e-cards. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Aaaand, a special thank you to Tamar, my parents, sisters and friends. My 10-year old sister actually left a message on my Shout-box. Too cute!

And don’t forget….you have until THIS Friday to enter the big giveaway. It is major, fam. Congratulations to all of my winners. Giveaways are a regular here at Clumps of Mascara so don’t be shootin’ me the cyber-eye if you didn’t win this time around.

Stay beautiful!!

Iman Cosmetics Foundations, Take 1

Your eyes do not deceive you.

You read the title correctly.

I typed “foundations”. Yes, I know—the woman who swoooore she would never be a “foundation person” is slowly playing around with them more and more. I have yet to wear them on a daily (ha..or weekly) basis but I’m gettin’ there. Trying to find the right color is the biggest pain ever.

But a brown girl friendly line like Iman Cosmetics makes it A LOT easier.

I played around with the Stick Foundation and Second to None Cover Cream.


*slams on brakes*

But wait….I can’t even give a fair review because my color is off! Does mis eyes deceive me, fam? What do you think?

Okay…here is the Stick Foundation in Earth 1


This is the first Stick Foundation that I have ever purchased. Such a proud moment in this 24 year old’s life. Now I was either rocking my shades while making this purchase or was lost and insecure (I love The Fray, hehe) because I think this color is way off!

Shucks.

Surely the lovely Second to None Cover Cream in Earth Deep would help a sista out.

This concealer is so creamy . It practically blended on my skin like a moisturizer. This is great for me and my “acts a fool when a product is too heavy” skin.

But uh…


This looks to be too red! Freakin’ A, mannnn. What is a girl to do?

Stay tuned for Round 2 of Iman Cosmetics Foundations. Since checking out the website I have now found my correct shade (Earth 3) and will shop accordingly.

Any Iman Cosmetics foundation wearers out there?

Brown and Secure (LMAO….get it?—*crickets*),

Beauty….and the Male: African Heritage Products for Men review

Clumpers,

By popular demand, I will be doing some product reviews of items that I have sampled. As a former teacher, I will be handing out grades and giving you the reason for the grade. Without further ado, let’s get it started HA…let’s get it started in here….

Company: Ikhala
Products: Face and Body products designed for men of African heritage
Price: $12-$18 per tube
How to get it: http://www.africanmale.menessentials.com/

Body Wash: F
Not a great smell, didn’t make me even feel clean. Definitely not for anyone who wants that all over feeling of clean. I felt like I needed to keep showering! As you can see from the photo, I didn’t even use the whole tube…can I GIVE this stuff away?

Face Wash: C
Nothing special about this; bottle leaked in my shower; not something that I would use daily. Very watery which means more ends up on your shower floor than on your face.

Shave Cream: D
Nothing special here either; kinda messy and watery and dries out quickly if you let it sit for 5 seconds. Seemed to work just fine with my razor but didn’t live up to the hype. I still prefer a heavy cream when shaving my head. Shaving your face for Black men is a whole column in itself. Coming soon!

Moisturizing Cream: B
Now this is what I am talking about! I was impressed with the lightness of this cream. It was not oily and left my skin still feeling clean but also moisturized my face. I actually put down my normal cream and began using this regularly.

Face Scrub: B+
Finally! They hit it on the head with this scrub for your face. Really felt like it was exfoliating my skin but also moisturizing it. Even felt great on my head after shaving it. This product along with the moisturizing cream are the two things that I ran out of. I would actually purchase these products again.

Summary: C-
Love the concept of a product for men of African Heritage. I wanted to like this product! I really did! Men of African heritage certainly have special challenges with razor bumps and dry skin and other issues. This product could have been improved with two things–a better marketing plan and Also, this might have been more attractive in better containers that don’t leak! All in all, love the concept but the Ikahla is not the answer to what you’ve been waiting for! I’ll let you know when I’m ready to drop “PRODUCT BY PRATT”!!

KP’s says, “BOOKMARK IT”!

Check out this site for a LOT of great information on products and what works. I found the community forum particularly great because you get responses from real guys, just like you and me, discussing male grooming. BOOKMARK IT!!

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: Maybelline Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara

It seems like it has been quite a while since I have done a mascara review. I’m glad that good ole’ Maybelline Pulse Perfection is breakin’ a sista’s hiatus. This is another one of those “highly requested for review mascaras”.

This is the FIRST drugstores vibrating mascara. Well, SpinLash did come out a year or so ago, but this is the first we’ve seen from a big name cosmetic company.

Is it amazing?
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Take a look…..

Maybelline Pulse Perfection
vibrating mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.99—pretty pricey for a general drugstore mascara purchase, but after all….it does vibrate. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: I can show you better than I can tell you! Here is the packaging’s claim:



The truth:
Well, it’s not your average mascara! That’s for sure….

What I loved about it: The Define-A-Lash wand. The mascara’s name in its entirety is “Maybelline Pulse Perfection BY Define-A-Lash. So that’s what you can expect as far as the wand’s look goes. Despite not being an enormous fan of Define-A-Lash (check out my review here) I have always loved its wand. It is perfect for ladies with smaller lids/lashes and gets into those small corners beautifully.


I also like the packaging’s other details. Aside from showing you what the wand looks like before you buy it, it also tells you how to use it!

What I didn’t like: I found that the vibrating was a little too much….at least for me. I don’t have “sensitive eyes” but the vibrating even had my eyes welling up a bit. I also found that it tends to get a little clump-alicious around the 2nd coat. Three coats is definitely a no-no with this mascara as you will certainly be entering Clumps City

Overall: Despite the two or so downfalls I am CRAZY impressed with this mascara. Maybelline has always managed to impress me as far as mascaras go and Pulse Perfecting definitely takes the cake as my favorite Maybelline mascara.

Wait…no, maybe not. I am still married to Lash Stilleto but don’t tell Mr. Pulse that. HA!

Seriously, if you are looking for length, Pulse will give it to ya! Volume? Mmm, it could definitely be better in that department, but it’s not bad. I guarantee that you will be too busy being impressed at the length to even care about volume. I didn’t experience flakiness throughout the day.

I really do wish that I didn’t experience clumps around the 3rd coat—but I did. I wanted to get as much length as possible but Mr. Pulse wasn’t havin’ that. So be careful.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely! Aside from it being fun to use it really does give you insane results.

The video reaaallly shows the what the vibrating wand does.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

The BIG 2 Year Anniversary giveaway

Yep….this is the big one. At least I think so.

This giveaway has over $100 worth of goodies from Revlon, Stila, Zoya, Bliss, etc. Okay, okay, THIS is included in the giveaway. And that baby is limited edition and highly coveted. The gal (hey…or guy) that receives this is going to love these products immensely.

And it could be you!

Contest Details:
-You must provide your information in the Contest Machine box on the main page. Submission in this comment section and submissions sent to me via email are be invalid.
-U.S. residents only.
-Contest ends NEXT Friday, June 19, 2009.

This is my way of saying THANK YOU. I give the Clumps family the best because ya’ll ARE the best. It shows in your comments, the emails we exchange and for the some of you I’ve met….it shows in person! Positive vibes are contagious so I thank you all for nothing but that in the two years of Clumps’ existence.

Stay beautiful, family. Don’t give up on anything and make your dreams come true.

NOT when you “get money”.
or when get married.
or when get the job you want. *side-eye*

Make your dreams come true NOW. Life is short and you are too wonderful to not shine like the star you are. It sounds sappy, but it’s true.

Think about it.

Now be it.

Happy 2 Years, Clumps!!

Diamond Cosmetics giveaway winner!

Wow! I got a TON of entries for the Diamond Cosmetics polishes giveaway.

The answer:
“Diamond Cosmetics polishes are numbered 2 through 328“.

Good news:
Everyone had the correct answer!

Bad news:
I can only choose one winner.

Random.org
assisted in the selection of this winner.

Congratulations tooooo…..

AKUA

That’s right. You woooon! Shoot me your mailing information so that I can get your polishes off to you. If you didn’t win, don’t hate me. I have one more HUGE giveaway that you will definitely want to try and snag.

Clumps’ 2 Year Anniversary celebration continuessssss!!!

FOTD Friday: 2 Year Anniversary Edition

Soooo, today is the OFFICIAL day of Clumps of Mascara’s existence two years ago.

I can’t believe it. I am still shocked that people actually care what I have to say and do (Twitter) and how I look (YouTube) and what I have done (LinkedIn/Facebook). Loving my readers and Clumps fans is automatic. I never feel obligated to do any of this. Ya’ll know that.

But my fellow beauty blogging sisters? Ohmigoooodness, I love these girls! It’s a tough job being a serious beauty blogger. It is more than just “OMG, what am I hauling from this collection?” but it’s about learning how to communicate effective and professional—AND creatively. I am grateful for such a strong support system among dynamic ladies who also have a passion for beauty.

Check out their e-cards to Clumps!

Miss. Yaya from MyOwnJudge


Milan from Milan Rouge



Jaimie from Just Kiss n Makeup


Ilea from Habitual Beauty


Lilan from The Daily Cookie


Eileen from Ms. Whoever You Are


Wesley from Honey Brown Sugar


Kia from Yummy411

….and this is from my girl Stefanie in Los Angeles.


She did a video too! She’s one of my BFFs in real life.



I am overwhelmed with all of the love that was shown here at Clumps, on Twitter and even my YouTube family showed their appreciation. Thank you all!!

I will continue to grow, be inspired by you beautiful people I will never hesitate to post my silliness. There’s a little “Clump of mascara” in us all.

Stay beautiful!

2 Year Anniversary giveaway-Stila Cosmetics!

Ta da!! You know you love it. Which means you want it. One lucky Clumps of Mascara reader will receive this Stila Cosmetics 24KT gloss in brilliant pink.

And guess what? International readers are eligible this time around! Check out the details to see how you can win this baby.

I get A LOT of random questions. But there is one question
that I get at least 5-10 times a week. Can you guess what that question is?
Don’t think too hard. Eye know you can guess it. :)

Details:
-Provide your answer and email address either in THIS comment section or you can email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.
-Only correct answers will be eligible. A winner will then be selected from there.
-Readers everywhere are eligible! International? That means you. :)
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin’, sister…give someone else a chance.
-No submissions will be accepted after Friday, June 12, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. PST. Winner will be selected at random..