FOTD Friday: Dany Returns!

Happy Friday, pretty people! I have done SO many looks this week but haven’t managed to photograph any of them. I know….bad B. Leave it to my girl, Dany to shoot me over some of her beautiful FOTDs. I have just been crazy busy with prepping up for this make-up gig (I know…more about that later!) and getting ready for my Charity party this upcoming Sunday.

Thanks Dany for being this week’s “Face of the Day”:

(all products MAC unless otherwise stated)

FACE
Studio Tech NC50
Studio Finish concealer NC50
Select Cover concealer NC45 under brows
Deep Dark Blot powder

EYES
UDPP
Arena e/s
Embark e/s
Satin Taupe e/s
Blacktrack Fluid Line
CoverGirl Lash Blast
Teddy e/l

CHEEKS
Ambering Rose
Warmlight Definitive Sculpt and Shape

LIPS
Velvettela l/l
Creme in Your Coffee l/s
Live and Dye l/g

My girl does bring the fierceness, doesn’t she? Wait until you see her little make-over that she got done last weekend at MAC. Oh yes, Dany….I didn’t forget about that! Should you have any questions, leave them here and Dany will answer them.

Happy weekend to all!!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Remove +

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.

For someone who polishes her nails every day I need a GREAT nail polish remover. No, I mean spectacular! I need a remover that not only gets rid of every bit of polish on my nails, but also conditions my nails and cuticles. It would also help if it didn’t smell absolutely horrid. I never thought such a polish remover existed until I tried Zoya’s Remove +.

I don’t think that I will EVER purchase another nail polish remover.

Here’s what Zoya says about Remove +:

Color Lock-Step 1: Big Flipper Bottle filled with Remove+.Three in one-The perfect remover, nail cleaner and nail prep product all together in on great solution. Great lavender scent.”

Here’s what I say about it:

-Effective
-Smells so much better than traditional nail polish remover
-Conditions cuticles and nail beds
-Is a beautiful shade of purple.

I am kidding about that last bit but my 8 oz bottle is almost hittin’ the bottom.


My bottle was $9 and probably a little steep for a nail polish remover. However, I’ll spend the extra dollars to have my nails look the way they do after using Zoya’s Remove +.

To find out more information about Zoya Remove +, click HERE. What kind of nail polish remover do you use?


Polish pretty,

Beauty Bee-haviors: Eco-Friendly Products

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.
What are some of your favorite
eco-friendly beauty brands and products?

In the past year or so I have found myself incorporating more eco-friendly brands in my life. I find it exciting that so many mainstream companies are taking the leap into products that aren’t only better for us, but better for the environment.

My favorite brands?

-EcoTools brushes. But, of course.
-Kiss My Face
-Oyin Handmade
-Burts Bees
-Zoya
-Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
-Tarte
-Carol’s Daughter
-Physician’s Formula
-….and countless baby company shops on Etsy.

Tell me yours!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!! That beautiful logo comes from an organization in Ohio (hi Grandma!) called Picture This. For 2 days, Central Ohioan volunteers will plant trees and clean up their beautiful grounds. I decided to feature this logo because wow….it says a lot!

I’m not going to pretend like I am a veteran Earth Day celebrator. In fact, this is my FIRST year really recognizing it. But better late than never.

I spent some time outside with Mother Earth yesterday and basked in her beauty. I don’t think I will ever take Floridian weather for granted–at least around this time of year. Every day is a beautiful day. When I think of Earth I immediately think of the colors green and blue. So I snapped some of Earth’s natural colors and also showed off my replicas of those colors via beauty products/looks. And of course the former poet in me had to drop cheesy haiku.

GREEN
Yep. Our Earth is green.
Green like the land all over.
But are we green too?


Green polishes arguing about who will make it in the photo shoot…


They managed to get it together.Only my favorites made this cut.


Green MAC/Milani shadows had to make an appearance. Including that glittery Swimming. That was my 2nd MAC shadow.


The single soldiers…


Green eyes.




BLUE
Oh blue is the sky.
Regal. Despite pollution
So is the sky blue?

(think about it…heavy, uh? LOL!)


My blue polishes are a little more civil than the green polishes.


A MAC palette of blues.


Blue eyes..

I am doing better with being eco-friendly. I recycle when I can, bring my own bags when I go grocery shopping and marvel at Earth a few minutes a day. And instead of buying a crap load of bottled waters, I now have a water filter. Earth takes care of us. Let’s take care of her!

A breen (brown and green, lol!) lady,


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Urban Decay revamps Primer Potion

Back in the day when Clumps of Mascara was a baby blog and had a good 2-3 readers, I wrote a post on Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and how the packaging is worse then finding an expired coupon.

I ain’t playing…it was pretty terrible.

I’d like to think that I am responsible for the “cutting UDPP down the middle to reveal more product” idea going mainstream. Nah, I’m jivin’, but ’til this day, that is my most popular post. Ever.

Ain’t that somethin’? You can check it out HERE.

I wrote that post a little over a year ago.
Fast forward to 2009 and guess what Urban Decay has done?



Blackberry coconut zebra!!

(I can’t be the only person that shouts
random words when they get excited…lol)

I feel like Urban Decay should have thrown “New packaging unveiling” parties all over the world. This is such a big deal to me. Many of us beauty bloggers, YouTube gurus and consumers expressed our frustration and outright annoyance with the way that the initial wand went STRAIGHT down in the tube. A LOT of us ended up throwing away what we thought were empty tubes, when in reality, over 60% of the product was left.

*tisk tisk*

Dissatisfaction in large numbers can lead to changes, people. We did it!

I actually STOPPED using this product because I got irritated with always having to do surgery on it just to get my $17 worth of primer. Will I trash my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and stock up on UDPP? Hells no. But I don’t mind finally trying the Primer Potion in Sin.

Now that looks hot. Has anyone tried it?

Will the new wand work? We shall seeee! The Primer with the new wand will only be availabile at UrbanDecay.com for now.

Sin shall be mine!

…..the primer, Mom. Not like sin SIN. :)

(photo source)

Urban Decay Urban Ammo Eye palette

Ohmigoodness, I can’t believe how little I have talked about Urban Decay here at Clumps of Mascara. What a tragedy considering that UD is one of my favorite brands. I mean, I SWEAR by their eyeliners. I did cartwheels when I first discovered the Primer Potion. And I wanted to marry the eye shadows when I first saw them.

Urban Decay is sheer awesomeness and although they aren’t the cheapest cosmetic brand out there, they are unique and innovative.

I always wanted this palette but never got around to purchasing it. A 15% off coupon from Sephora Beauty Insiders as well as a gift card, however, had to running to Sephora on a lunch break. How beautiful and versatile are these colors?


Sin does well as a browbone color on brown skin! Look out for some of my looks using this palette.

This baby will definitely be going with me on my future travels. I can see myself coming up with quite a few looks be it work appropriate neutral or after 5 fierceness. I am really trying to convince myself that I also need the Deluxe Shadow box.

What do you think? Should I snag it?

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Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Happy happy Monday! This Mascara Monday almost didn’t make it. I spent the weekend back home with friends and family which means good food, too much fun and sleep-less nights from having too much fun. Sleep deprivation has hit me hard but alas beauty news must go on!

Now this is one mascara that I have previously owned but never reviewed for Mascara Mondays. Once upon a time, I had major tude with this mascara. Has it since wow-ed me or do I still want to fight it in the streets? Peep the review!

L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got this for $3.99 at Target. Steal, baby!! )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes to five times their natural thickness. Patented Volume maximizing brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps. Exclusive carbon black pigments provide up to 2x the intensity of classic L’Oreal shade.” (source)

The truth:
Dear Max Factor Volume Couture, I love you and all but I think that someone else may just take your place. Don’t take it personal. It’s a lashes thing. Always, B.

What I loved about it: OMG WTF! Is what I first said when I saw the volume that this mascara gave me. So yes….it’s the volume that I love.

What I didn’t like:
The wand. Perhaps it could have been a little smaller? And thinner. Um yeah…this wand needs to go on a bit of a diet.

Overall: Wow! So first things first….if you have ever played around with a mascara and found that it just didn’t work well for you, try it again a few months later. Or even a year later. I HATED L’Oreal Voluminous when I first tried it. Granted I wasn’t as knowledgeable about mascaras then as I am now but I literally talked trash about this mascara to every one I knew. For me, I found that it transported me right to Clump City. But I get it now….

….to really get the BEST out of this mascara, use only two coats. More than that and you may find yourself in some trouble.

Because it coats your lashes somethin’ serious, you may endure smudging and smearing if you constantly rub your eyes. The waterproof version of Voluminous fixes that problem. If you are really looking for dark and dramatic lashes, this mascara has yo back, sis.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

It really is great stuff. It is easy to find and has different formulations (waterproof, carbon black, etc).

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!! I would recommend this to any and everyone that is seeking insane volume!

My Other L’Oreal mascara reviews:
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara
L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara

A crazed mascara reviewer,


[EDIT]

My girl @allysonnewell on Twitter says that L’Oreal is buy 1, get 1 free this week at Walgreens. And guess what? The same goes for CVS! Get your drugstore shop on, yo!


(photo source)

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Beauty Bubble: Top Mascaras for Length and Volume…

Take a guess and see what mascaras end up on this list.

My favorite volumizing mascara of all time ends up on list! The wonderful Max Factor Volume Couture!

….do some of your favorites end up on there?

Happy Saturday!



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