NYX Cosmetics 10 Year Anniversary Sale

Oh.mi.goodness…check this out!

One of my favorite brands NYX is having a 10 year anniversary sale.

50% off of EVERYTHING from May 1-May 15

Use code: NYX50

For U.S. online purchases only

…and get this: if you click HERE, they have eye shadows singles for $1.25!!! Whaaat?!

If you have ever been interesting about trying this GREAT recession-friendly brand….now is the time. I think I’m going to indulge this time.

What about you?
Passing it by?
Already at the website?

Click HERE to get your shop on!

…..congratulations to Naimah! She is the lucky recipient of a $50 gift certificate to BeautyTicket.com!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen mascara

Happy happy Monday! As always….I have another mascara review! This happens to be L’Oreal’s newest. I received a total of 9 requests for this mascara.

Do we have another L’Oreal Voluminous winner?

Check the review…..

L’Oreal Extra Volume
Collagen mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for $9.99 at Walgreens but you get can it from Target for $6.49)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: Opps…I threw the packaging away! *cries* And we all know how well these drugst0re brands are at updating their sites. NOT!

The truth:
I mean….it’s okay. Just average. Nothing spectacular.

What I loved about it: I liked the wand…easy to use with minimal excess mascara on the brush.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me enough volume. I mean…it was just mediocre.

Overall: Okay…so basically this mascara is supposed to use collagen technology to plump your lashes up 12x their natural volume. 12x is a little dramatic but aren’t all mascara claims? To be honest….this mascara didn’t really impress me. Granted I wasn’t completely turned off by it but it didn’t make me want to throw a party either. It is an average mascara with no spectacular results.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Not really. I think that there are other great mascaras out there. I would only snag this one if it was on sale.

*yawn* See how excited I am about this baby? Peep the video review:

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Am I the only one missing the spark or is it really just average? What say you?

Check out my other L’Oreal mascara reviews:
L’Oreal Voluminous
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara
L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

A crazed mascara reviewer,

The Best and Worse Sunscreens

Happy Sunday, family!!

Ah yessss….just yesterday I took a nap on the grass. There was an Earth Day celebration in downtown Orlando and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I ended up knocking out by the lake. I didn’t anticipate falling asleep with UV rays banging on my skin but my skin was protected! I’ll do a review on my favorite sunscreen later but for right now check out this Total Beauty article listing the best and worse in sunscreens.

What’s your favorite?

TotalBeauty.com
The Best and Worst Sunscreens

See which products will prevent your skin from looking lobster-like all summer long

Whether we like it or not, sunscreen is a must for all of us. And according to Heidi Waldorf, M.D. of Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates in Nanuet, NY, we need “an SPF of at least a 15 daily.” No one wants to spend all summer slathering on sunblock, but with these reader favorites maybe it wont seem like such a chore.

See sunscreens

No. 14: Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel, $45

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 6*

Why: Readers complain that it “is too orange” and “the brush bristles break off and shed…”

No. 3: Philosophy A Pigment Of Your Imagination SPF 18, $30

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 5.5*

Why: Readers didn’t like the “thick and sticky” formula and hue, which “turns my skin yellowish and made me look like I was sick…”

The Best: No. 14: Dermalogica Super Sensitive Face Block SPF 30, $40.50

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.2*

Why: Readers like that it is SPF 30 and that it is “not greasy, doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts.”

Want to see the rest of the list? Click here!

Honey Pot: Mascara Winner & BeautyTicket.com Reminder


Hey chicas! Someone’s Friday is going to get a little bit better!
Remember THIS Mascara Monday where I reviewed Revlon DoubleTwist Volumizing mascara? Oh yeah, girl…..I SO wasn’t diggin’ that mascara. Many of you questioned why I even gave it a “2” when it really deserved a “1”. True, true…but I liked the uniqueness of a wand. Whether it worked or not is another story.

I digress….

One lucky lady will win this mascara and provide us with her own written review (with pictures). I am excited to get a mascara review from a different point of view. According to random.org the winner is:

!!Mary Joyce!!

Congratulations, darling…shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com and we’ll get that mascara to you. Can’t WAIT to see your review.

I still have one more giveaway going on. Click HERE to get details.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Honey Pot: Mascara Winner & BeautyTicket.com Reminder


Hey chicas! Someone’s Friday is going to get a little bit better!
Remember THIS Mascara Monday where I reviewed Revlon DoubleTwist Volumizing mascara? Oh yeah, girl…..I SO wasn’t diggin’ that mascara. Many of you questioned why I even gave it a “2” when it really deserved a “1”. True, true…but I liked the uniqueness of a wand. Whether it worked or not is another story.

I digress….

One lucky lady will win this mascara and provide us with her own written review (with pictures). I am excited to get a mascara review from a different point of view. According to random.org the winner is:

!!Mary Joyce!!

Congratulations, darling…shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com and we’ll get that mascara to you. Can’t WAIT to see your review.

I still have one more giveaway going on. Click HERE to get details.

Enjoy your weekend!!

FOTD Friday: An Uh-Oh Look *pic heavy*


Happy Friday! Okay, brace yourself….this should make for a pretty interesting FOTD Friday. I attempted to create what I thought would be a crazy cute look but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Remember when I got that Urban Decay Ammo Eye palette? I have been playing around with it ALL week. In addition to that I have really been trying to improve my eyeshadow application by using different techniques.

This time I tried applying my crease color first. Here is how the palette looks…..

I’m not as in love with these colors now that I’ve gotten to know them a little better. The glitter factor is a little too much for me. But don’t get me wrong! It’s still a fun little palette.

I started off with Last Call eyeshadow on the crease….


I like the idea of applying the crease color first. Next I applied Grifter, a lavender glittery color, to the lid.

Because I have a freakin’ mile of space on my eyelid, I am finding that it makes sense to apply a brown eyeshadow between my crease and highlight color. Smog eyeshadow worked perfectly for this!


And Sin eyeshadow for the highlight…


I probably should have stopped there but of course I had to push it to the limit. Which I wish I would not have done. But of course I’m Ms. Clumps of Mascara for a reason!


I didn’t intend for the look to come out so harsh. And I definitely could have blended a little better.



Um yeah….I have a pimple. LOL!! What would you have done to make this look a little better? Eased up on the black eyeshadow? Selected another lid color? Hmmmm…..tell me what you think!

Happy Weekend,

Honey Pot: BeautyTicket.com Giveaway!


Time to stick your hands in the honey pot, family! The Honey Pot is the giveaway series here at Clumps of Mascara. And it’s rather simple. At least it is this go ’round.

And I know you are needing a little pick me up. You know…with it being the middle of the week and all.

BeautyTicket.com is probably the most recession friendly website I have seen in a long time. Seriously!! You can save up to 85% on name brand beauty products!

That means….

-Stila
-China Glaze (!!!)
-Smashbox
….etc.

Girl yes, you can get an entire China Glaze collection for under $20. Stroll on over to the website HERE.

What kind of brands would you like to see at BeautyTicket.com? One lucky winner who tells me her answer will win the following….


Details:
-This contest is for U.S. and Canada residents only.
-Simply tell me what brand(s) you would like to see on BeautyTicket.com.
-Leave your name AND email address.
-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 Sunday, May 13, 2009 at 12:00 P.M. EST.
-Winner will be selected at random.

Tis all!

…..in the meantime, if you enter this promo code: CLUMPSOFMASCARA—you will save 10% on your entire purchase! Good until June 1, 2009. Click HERE to get your shop on!

I would LOVE if Bobbi Brown was on BeautyTicket.com. Oh wee, I wouldn’t know how to act.

Happy Hump Day!

But Black Women Can’t: Wear those colors….

Welcome to another But Black Women Can’t post. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Recently I received an email from a reader regarding my post on MAC’s Peppermint Patti nail polish. Who remembers this polish?


I loved it then and I still love this beautiful color. The reader told me that she thought the color was gorgeous but that it would look better on fair skin. Now….I am a reasonable lady and can understand the miscommunication that can happen with words. I emailed her back just to make sure that I understood what she was saying. She confirmed with this,

“There are just some colors that darker skinned people can’t wear.”

Now before some of you get all crazy, consider how many times you or someone who know may have said or thought this. I know that at one point I didn’t think that brown ladies could wear yellow eyeshadow. Three years ago, I would have never worn a color like Peppermint Patti on my nails.

But to all brown ladies out there who think that they can not wear a color, guess what?

You can.

I like to think that all women of all shades can rock ALL colors beautifully. Do certain colors flatter us better? Of course…but does that mean we should only STICK to those colors? Hell no!

So thank you, dear Reader for your message for it prompted this post. I know your words were not meant to hurt. I also know that brown women have not always been the image of beauty (at least in mainstream media) but times are changing.

I would love to hear the thoughts of all women on this topic. Do you think that there are certain colors that certain shades of women can not wear?

Speak on it!

(Thanks @Nicolette517 for this idea!)

ETA: Ironically enough, one of my favorite nail polish blogger shows off Peppermint Patti today on her blog too. She has fair skin I think this color looks amazing on her! Go check out Nail Juice.