Beauty Review: EcoTools Brow Grooming Set

Happy Friday!

Fridays are usually dedicated to FOTD Fridays but I wanted to jazz it up a bit instead of just showing you my mug. Well isn’t this funny….just a few days ago we were talking about areas on our body that we stopped fighting with and just started dealing with.

Say hello to my brows.

[NOTE] I forgot to take the silver clip out. I decided to upload the picture
anyway because it’s so ‘Clumps of Mascara’. HA!

They look okay now.

However, next week….

Sure, go ahead. Laugh it up but it really is a serious manner. I am ever so grateful for EcoTools and this handy dandy little brow set. It keeps my brows in check in between my threading sessions.

You know how much I love EcoTools, right? I did a post about them once before and was glad to see that I wasn’t the only EcoTools lova ‘roun here. Ladies all over the world are raving about these eco-friendly, affordable and high performance brushes. Even my girl Nikki in the Philippines is raving about the EcoTools mineral brush set.

So of course I had high hopes for the Brow grooming set. Did it deliever?

Yall like my little Eco-pretty set up, uh?
Heheheee.

First…let’s take a look at the deets of the Brow Grooming set.

Soft, cruelty-free bristles
• Natural & recycled materials

This earth-friendly set is packed with quality tools you need to look beautiful. And, it shows respect for the planet:
• Bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant.
• Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free.
• Sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
• Scirrors & tweezers are made from Recycled Stainless Steel.
• 5X lead-free mirror frame is made from bamboo.
(source)

The tools up close..

Oh girl, look at that cute little mirror.

Ec0Tools does it again. Another eco-friendly sweet set for only $9.99. The tweezers are precise and I love the “scoop” edges of the scissors. I have been using my brush every day and I just love the mirror….although it really does show EVERYTHING. Eek!

So what have we learned?

Life + good brows=



Life + bad brows=

Make the right decision.

Cop your EcoTools Brow Grooming Set at drugstores and where ever else EcoTools products are sold.

Happy Friday, family!!

Stay beautiful….and green,


(photo credit)

Reader Appreciation Week…4th giveaway


Is it really Thursday already? Wowsers! We only have 2 more giveaways after today’s. I am totally excited about giving away today’s gift because this is one of my favorite nail polish collections to date!

Sally Hansen Tracey Reese Spring 2009 collection

Remember my review of it HERE? I am still rocking these babies!

ONE lucky reader will get a chance to snag this collection. Check out the rules this go round:

  • For U.S. residents only
  • Only subscribed readers are eligible (this includes readers who are subscribed via Feed burners such as Google Reader)
  • My little sister Imani will select a winner at random
  • Contest ends on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 3 a.m.
  • No comments necessary on this post (if you have any questions, feel free to email me)

Good luck!!!

Congratulations to the Maybelline Lash Stiletto winners:

Mabel and Judith!

(photo credit)

Amor de Lacquer: Improved storage for polishes

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.

Remember HERE where I showed you all my terrible nail polish storage? I thought and I thought and I wrecked my brain trying to think of a neat polish storage solution. I didn’t want anything that took up too much space.

Here’s the thing about me….I don’t like clutter. And I don’t like owning a lot of anything. Books are the only exception. And while I love my nail polish collection, I didn’t want it to keep growing and eventually push me out of my own closet.

I remembered having the SAME issue when I was in college and living in dorms. For my freshman and sophomore years I had to share itty bitty closet spaces with my roommates.

I don’t know how I did it but it really wasn’t that bad. I ran to Ikea (the best store in the WORLD…after Sephora….and Office Depot….and Best Buy….and Whole Foods) and found the exact same little closet organizer that I used in undergrad.

Ta da!

I had one in the dorms and used it to store my shirts, shoes and belts. It was perfect because everything was confined to just THAT one spot. It also works best for polishes. Here’s how it looks in the closet.


It works! I found cheap little crates and organized my polishes by colors. Say “hello” to the purps.


On the side of organizer, I labeled each cubby hole like this:


That way I won’t have to waste time pulling them out trying to figure out where each color is.

After I finished organizing everything, I realized that I still had 3 remaining cubby holes (I love saying that…it reminds me of kindergarten. HA!) left. I found uses for them!

The bases, topcoats, nail/cuticle treatment department

The Design Corner…can’t find my Konad scraper. :(


The Tool Box


Everything works out perfectly and is neat and nice. If I find out that I am outgrowing any of my crates then I start giving away polishes.

Perfect!

Or….I’ll just buy another closet organizer. But hopefully it won’t get to that point.

I don’t think.

Well….it shouldn’t.

Anyone find an ideal way to store polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Reader Appreciation Week…3rd giveaway


It’s time for another giveaway, family!

This giveaway is International-friendly and ends Thursday, April 9, 2009 at midnight PST!

One lucky winner will snag this….

Does the box look familiar?

That’s right! It’s a Kissable Couture Smooches set. This set is no longer available online and the lady that receives this will be holding on to a highly coveted little set valued at $32.

It is my gift to you.

Want it?

Simply take the Reader Feedback survey by clicking the link below…

Okay, I’ll be honest…there is no REAL way that I can find out if you took the survey or not but by you leaving a comment with you NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS, you are cyber pinky-swearing that you did take the survey.

…….yeeeeep. I’m taking it back to 3rd grade! Take the survey and cross your fingers!

Good luck!

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 3-Kissable Couture

Welcome back to another installment of my experience in Los Angeles for The Makeup Show LA. It seems like by the time I finish blogging about The Makeup Show LA, it will be time for The Makeup Show NYC. Which by the way…..I am SO excited about.

Soooo…..please tell me that you know about Kissable Couture glosses. Ohmigoodnessgracious, I have been lemming after these beautiful babies ever since I saw my girl Kia from Yummy411 review them.

Kissable Couture was one of the vendors at The Makeup Show LA. This lip gloss line started by the beautiful Keisha Whitaker (Actor Forest Whitaker’s wife) and A.J. Crimson, celebrity make-up artist.

These glosses are divine, family. From the look, to the smell, finish and consistency….I can say that I REALLY like them. The concept behind Kissable Couture is one that I absolutely adore. Treating yourself to one of these glosses is like giving yourself a gift.

I mean, just look at the packaging!


It’s funny how something so simple can give you so much joy.

How divine does Hyacinth , look?


This gloss is sheer yet pretty build-able. Its purple and magenta undertones look stunning when paired with a lip liner or layered on top of a lipstick. I can’t quit but my finger on what these glosses smell like….but I like it. Think coconutty cotton candy.

…..I amm so serious. That’s what they smells like!

I really tried to remain composure when meeting A.J. Crimson in the flesh, but my fellow blog sisters will tell you that I was anything but.


Gracias a Dios that A.J. was so flippin’ down to Earth. He chatted with us and told his thoughts on the newest gloss from Kissable Couture.



AJ Crimson for Kissable Couture from Clumps of Mascara on Vimeo.

How does Peony look on me?


What a smashing pink! Perfect for Spring and perfect for all skintones.

Kissable Couture glosses retail at $22. Hey hey….I know that’s not a bargain buy but we all deserve the finer things in life every now and then, ay? You can buy them online and at select locations.

Have you tried any of these glosses?
Interested?
Passin’ it by?

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 1

The Makeup Show LA, Installment 2

You are the BEST,

Beauty Bee-haviors: Just Dealing With It

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 feature of yours used to frustrate you
but NOW you accept it?

Yall know that I am the FIRST to admit that I have jacked up brows. Three days out of the month these bad boys look good. But that’s it. By the 4th day, I’ve got hairs sprouting like crazy. The arch has disappeared and I’m back to talking about eyebrow woes with Bert from Sesame Street. I’ve stopped trying to attack them and draw them on. They are what they are and that’s that.

I can say the same about my hair. I used to work against it but now I work WITH it.

What feature of yours used to bother you?
Or does it still bother you?

It better not because you KNOW you’re gorgeous.

Tell me!

Reader Appreciation Week…..2nd giveaway!

You know what the red lips mean! It’s time for another giveaway. But first, a quick little tidbit about why I love Clumps of Mascara readers.


Because y’all catch my mistakes.

As an anal grammar junkie, even I am bound to misspell a word or have some strange things going on with my punctuation. I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten a friendly email saying, “Uh B….you know you missed an ‘o’ in product.” Or what about the time, darling Paula sent me an email telling me to edit a post I did on tea tree oil (I forgot to mention that it should be used with a carrier oil….opps!)? I really appreciate the time that the Clumps fam takes out to let to let me know when I have messed up. It means a lot!

Let me treat you once again to another gift.

One lucky subscriber will get a My Pretty Pink box! I just reviewed it today. This giveaway is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. Again, if you are already a subscriber to Clumps of Mascara, all you have to do is sit back and cross your fingers. If you are not yet subscribed to Clumps of Mascara, you can do so by typing your email address in the little box in the RIGHT column. It looks like this…..

*the above is just a picture of what the box looks like.
You can find it on the MAIN page*

This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 a.m. No comments or emails necessary this go round. Good luck!!

Beauty Review: My Pretty Pink Box

In a world full of blue skies, money trees and gumdrop bushes, such would exist little pretty pink boxes full of cosmetic goodies. They would land right on your doorstep; like a little gift.

Wake up, girlfriend!

Pretty Pink Boxes do exist. I can’t remember the last time I have seen something so darling, so useful and so…affordable!

“B, what is a Pretty Pink Box?”

It’s just that, my loves.

See…

“OH! You mean it’s an actual pink box!”

That’s right. What sits inside of this little piece of heaven is a cosmetic newbie or junkie’s dream; sample sizes and coupons of cosmetic companies (most are upcoming and coming baby companies!). This is such a genius idea on so many levels. From what I see, My Pretty Pink Box does two things.

It allows YOU, the consumer to try sample (and most time full) sizes of an array of beauty products. How frustrating is it to purchase an item that just didn’t work for you? For only $11.99, you get the opportunity to try not one, not two or three, but MANY different products from many different brands.

AAAAND……My Pretty Pink Box also allows YOU, the entrepreneur, the make-up line creator, the inventor to get your products OUT there. With every purchase of a My Pretty Pink Box….you have another opportunity of getting your product to be seen, used and re-purchased.

Everyone benefits!!

Especially when goodies like these pop up….




You know you want one.
You know you deserve one.

Once a month My Pretty Pink Box goes out. And once you a month you can treat yourself to an affordable little gift. Actually…..GIFTS since you get so many products in that little box.

What do you think? Would you purchase one of these boxes for yourself? Or for your best friend? Ohmigoodness….wouldn’t this be fabulous little surprise for Mom?

To find out how to BUY or BE IN My Pretty Pink Box, click HERE. The next My Pretty Pink Box will go out April 8th!

Because spoiling yourself ain’t so bad,

P.S.
Emails have been sent out to the Zoya Color Lock System Giveaway winners. Check your emails, ladies! Be sure to confirm with me your name and address before the goodies go off to someone else.