Beauty Bubble: The Top 10 Best Skin Cities…

Is your city on the list? None of the ones I lived in are.

And who picked New York City? C’mon..I love NYC like every one else but how can one of the world’s most polluted cities have residents with the best skin?

I mean honestly—I was there for a week and broke out like mad.

What do you think?

Peep the article! And see if your city is on the list.



TotalBeauty.com
The Top 10 Best-Skin Cities

These towns all have perfect conditions for smooth, clear, wrinkle-free skin

In a perfect world, we’d all have flawless-looking skin. In reality, few of us are that lucky. However, some of you are fortunate enough to live where the conditions are ideal for skin. We looked at pollution levels, amount of sunshine, tanning beds per capita, humidity, number of smokers, stress, diet and more to find the places best suited for your skin. Check them out, maybe it’s time to relocate?

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FOTD Friday: Make Up For Ever pinks!


Is it really Friday already?

Dang….

Seems like only yesterday when I was taking the 115 bus from Jersey to catch the Number 2 train from 42nd street to jump on the C. Yes, I STILL have New York City on the brain. I should have it together by next week. Hopefully.

I did this look for my last day in the city. I purchased some shadow colors from the all mighty Make Up For Ever. I really hate that I love this brand so much. Seriously!! Each shadow is $19 each and that is so outside of my budget. At The Makeup Show, however…..40% off! That means each shadow was a little over $7.00.

Pumpkin ice cream chair cords!!
(my excitement=a slew of random words)

Girl yes….I was thrilled! Make Up For Ever shadows are HIGHLY pigmented and blend like a dream. My only wish is that MUFE starts giving their products names instead of numbers. Since I forgot to put the shadow name in my MUFE palette, I have nooo idea what is what. So I am totally guessing on the colors here.

[NOTE]: My skin is going through some thangs in these photos. Of course—another break-out. What else is new! And I’m not sure why I look so ashy either. But ya’ll know I don’t care. Photoshop-free is the way to be!

FACE:
Iman Second to None cover cream in Earth Deep
MAC Petticoat Mineralized Skinfinish

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L’Oreal HIP Cream shadow paint in Witty
NARS Albatross (inner-V)
Make Up For Ever #49
Make Up For Ever #85
Urban Decay Swag eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner Zero
Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara (a total repurchase. I love this mascara!)

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Chestnut
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Linen Beige


Sweet…..


Sour!


….so random, I know. I haven’t taken mirror photos since those MySpace-obsession days!

Anyone else rockin‘ Make Up For Ever shadows? OMG, for the total MUFE queen, check out my gal Adina at Krasey Beauty. My girl is like….the biggest MUFE fan ever!

Have a wonderful amazingly beautiful exciting weekend!

Stila Sale: 40% off!

It’s me! I’m back in the blog spot and have so much to share from The Makeup Show NYC.

As soon as I finish wiping my tears. I am a hot “missin’ NYC” mess right now.

But I will survive….YOU, on the other hand, should stroll on over to StilaCosmetics.com and enter STILAPRO at check out. This code will give you a 40% discount on everything! Oh and check this…..shipping is free too! Not sure how long this little deal will last so better jump to it. You can get a platter of….


Yummy! I will be sure to share my Stila goodies with ya’ll soon!

Stay beautiful!

Beauty…and the Male: An Open Letter

CLUMPERS,

I want to thank you all for the love on my first ever blog entry. Frankly, I wasn’t sure if I would get calls for an encore or pumpkins thrown at me! But, I am excited about a new opportunity to bring a different view and perspective to what COM is already? So, after kicking it around with COM’s Founder and EIC, I figured we would do like the song says, “give the people what they want!” This is your chance! Write in and tell me what YOU want to see? A monthly review of a male product? Q&A column done bi-weekly? Tell me what YOU want to see from the newest male beauty blogger!

KP

Guest Blogger: Hairstyle Trends for Summer ’09

Summer is the perfect time to try a new style. Warmer weather means more style freedom, so don’t be afraid to try a new trend. Spice up your current look with a celebrity-inspired ‘do.

Bold, Dramatic Color
Jennifer Hudson and Meagan Good Hair
Celebrity Inspirations: Jennifer Hudson, Meagan Good, Chrisette Michele, Keri Hilson
Summer is a great time to try a new, lighter. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as Christina’s, but a good dye job can get you feeling like a new woman. This season, choose a deep brown with auburn highlights like Meagan Good and Jennifer Hudson, or go for a touch of golden blonde like Rihanna or Keri Hilson. A few highlights, especially around the face, will brighten your complexion.

Crop Tops
Estelle and Chrisette
Celebrity Inspirations: Estelle, Dawn, Chrisette Michelle
The reign of the weave is over. This Summer it’s all about the cropped ‘do. For those worried that their face “can’t pull of a short look,” just look at variety celebs who have gone short and how fab they look. From Chrisette to Estelle, the short looks great!

Ethnic Styles
Ciara Cornrows
Ciara, Alicia Keys
Protect your hair with corn rows or braids. It’s a high fun, low maintenance hair style perfect for a beauty on the go. Who says “ethnic” styles can’t be chic.

Severe Bangs
Solange and Tyra Banks Bangs
Celebrity Inspirations: Solange, Tyra
If you’re not quite ready for the big chop or dramatic color, then a blunt bang might be a perfect compromise. Bangs will give your look some drama, but keep you looking work appropriate.

Center Part
Tyra and Alicia
This Summer, keep it sleek and sophisticated with a center part. The seemingly simple look will amp up your sex appeal. To keep hair silky smooth, I recommend using Biolage Smooth Therapy Smoothing Serum while straightening.

Kim is the editor of Black Beauty Central, and the founder of The HyperLuxe Media Network. You can contact her via Twitter at @Kimberly4Nicole

Tweezers Anonymous

Hey Clump beauties… Its Tamar your resident try any product once type of gal! I’m bringing you my latest find. If you don’t check your local Marshalls for the discounted beauty products you really should. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised. Check it out….

I have entered a 12 step program for my addiction. No its not drugs or alcohol…. Its tweezing!



I don’t know how this started or when it became a problem but my brows look sparse and lonely for fullness and sophistication. A couple of weeks ago while checking the cosmetic department at Marshalls I found this…


It’s so cute and when I saw the brand Anastatia (eyebrow artist to the stars)I got excited! It claimed to save my brows from my plucking hands! Look at the case it comes in…


This kit includes stencils (to help you figure out your brow shape)


Brow comb and brush duo (for blending and maintaining) Brow powder for brunette and blond women and enhancing serum to fill in those spots that just wont grow….


Now the serum is something like clear mascara at first glance…


You apply it day and night after you cleanse your face. I’ve been using it faithfully for about 2 weeks. I can’t say that they are growing out but I can say that my brows seem full of life now.


In case you were wondering yes it did come with a list of 12 steps and my favorite is #3 I made a decision to turn my will to tweeze over to the care of tweezers anonymous. After research I found that this kit retails for 55.oo at Sephora. (I paid 29.99 at Marshalls)

So am I alone? Is there anyone else out there that is guilty of over plucking/waxing? If so what steps have you taken to correct your brows? Please share!

TAMAR


The Makeup Show-Day 1 (mobile post)

Okay fam…keep in mind that I will do complete coverage of The Makeup Show NYC when I make it back to Florida. These are just teaser posts. If you have questions about anything in particular don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Responding to posts via mobile is crazy hard!!

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably seen some of these photos already.

Oh! Whoever guessed that the polish I am wearing in the previous NYC post was from OPI’s South Beach collection and called Done Out in Deco was absolutely right!

First up!

I absolutely love the idea of Mommy Makeup! Until I do a formal review of these products, you should check out their site at MommyMakeup.com.

What in the powdery colorful goodness are these? Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pigments! You know you want one…. And yes! I got not one but TWO of their lip tars. Can’t wait to review them.

Crown brushes!! Amazing quality—insane price. No really….insane. As in good, I mean. Be on the look-out for a giveaway!

Blogger girls in the house! Yummy411 and Her Royal Poshness (who was visiting the states for her first time ever—-and alone!) and I took a few minutes to get cute for the cam!

It’s YouTube make-up guru Koren and Oscar-award winning make-up artist Eve Pearl! Both are extremely down to Earth. And yes I was begging Koren to jump on Twitter. Did you know he has launched a website? Enkoremakeuponline.com. Hotness!!

Whoa whoa….beautiful shades from Make Up For Ever. Sooo pigmented!

Tis it for now, friends. You can get more coverage of The Makeup Show NYC from me if you follow me on Twitter (@ClumpsOfMascara)

Anything you want me to check out? Let me know!!

Stay beautiful!

Brittany

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NYC Mobile Post

Hey family!

I’m just shootin’ you some quick photos of my time so far here in NYC. I so wish I could spead all of my photos out instead of ALL of them ending up at the top.

Ah well…

All pictures were taken with my Blackberry so if they look a little fuzzy….that’s why!

First photo is of New York City, of course! I was hangin’ out at a cafe off of 42nd and Lexington. Or something like that. Ha!

Next up is a darling little flower ring that I got from a wholesale shop for only $3. Actually…..I got A LOT of little goodies for only $2-$3. Blame those purchases on Miss. Yaya from I’ll Be My Own Judge; fellow beauty/fashion blogger.

My hair is LOVING Carol’s Daughter’s Hair Milk. I will do a formal review on this one but I just wanted to share with my family how much I love it. I am also supporting a mani I got done at Avanti Spa with Adina from KraseyBeauty.com. Nail polish fans…can you guess the color? Hint: it is a OPI color. And you thought it was Zoya’s Malia, uh?

Can you believe I only brought TWO palettes with me on this trip. What can I say? The NARS Bridal palette and Urban Decay (omg, what is it called again?) palette have everything I need! And as far as that Dove deodorant. Wow!! Stay tuned for a review and giveaway of that baby!

….and then of course, it’s me throwing up the deuces. Why do people do that? And why do you feel like you have to wear shades when you do it? Lol…craziness!

Today I will be at Saks off of 5th Avenue swooning over the work of celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath. Right after is the Blogger Preview at The Makeup Show. And after that? Who knows? Sushi? Thai? Shopping? I’m up for anything!

I hope that you all are having a great weekend!!

Special love to my girl Tamar is has been holding down Clumps beautifully!

Stay beautiful,

Brittany

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