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.

Beauty Review: Victoria Secret’s Pink Body products

I love trying to predict what cosmetic companies are going to come out with next. It’s like a never ending game that us beauty editors like to play. But if you would have told me that Victoria Secret’s was going to drop some organic, 100% vegan, eco-friendly products, I would have given you the “WTF face”.

But they did….and they have truly given me another reason to adore Victoria and her secrets!


Nourishing Body Wash
with Organic Shea Butter


Price:
4 out of 5 (each bottle is $12 or 2/$20)
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“…..our nourishing body wash is ultra rich, to moisturize and replenish as it cleanses. Infused with Organic Shea and Cocoa Butters to help heal and hydrate, plus a shot of U.S.-sourced Grape Seed Oil for antioxidant protection.” (source)

The truth:
I have since purchased 2 more of these body washes. They are incredible!

What I loved about it: I love the light fragrance and how it left my skin super smooth.

What I didn’t like:
Err, what’s not to like?

Overall: This body wash is fantastic! I really don’t like body washes with overpowering scents. This baby does the job with minimal fragrance and leaves my skin silky smooth.

……and ANOTHER wonderful product.

Soothing Hand Cream

Price: 5 out of 5 (it was $8)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5


What it claims:
“Our intensive cream deeply moisturizes to restore softness without feeling greasy. Enriched with Organic Oat Extract to calm, plus U.S.-sourced Soy Milk to fortify.” (source)

The truth:
This hand cream is a stable in my make-up bag right now.

What I loved about it: It’s not greasy!

What I didn’t like:
I liked everything about it.

Overall: Now when it comes to hand creams, I am pretty picky. I like creams that don’t leave any residue, don’t have strong scents and are actually GOOD at tackling my ‘off the chain’ ash factor. I found it with this hand cream. It leaves NO sticky/film-y/greasy residue. My hands soak up all of the moisturizing agents of this cream. And guess what? An hour later….my hands STILL feel soft.

….oh, and guess what else?


That’s right! Paraben free. *does the Cabbage Patch*

I am so impressed with you right now, Ms. Victoria. Products for decent prices that are organic AND actually work well? Heyyyy!!!

So what do you think? Have you seen these products? Would you be interested in trying them out?

Tell me!

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

Happy Monday, family! I hope that you all had spectacular weekends! I would like to thank you all again for your support of Amor de Lacquer week. I thought it was a huge success? What do you think? I’d love to get your feeedback on the poll on the main page of the blog.

And for those of yall that were irritated with the non-stop talk of all things nails….your time is coming up! Want to see a week worth of mascara talk? All things blushes? Hair? Lips? Or eyes? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

OH….and I tell you that there is an official archive for ALL of the mascaras that I have reviewed? The MASCARA BIN tab is also on the main page of Clumps. All mascara reviews will end up there and per the request of readers, I have organized it by rating.

Where will Rimmel Sexy Curves end up? Hmmmm…..

Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7 from Wal-greens )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Lashes look up to 70% curlier with voluptous volume(per packaging)

The truth:
Volume? Not so much. Curl? Okay…..not too bad.

What I loved about it:
Despite it looking a little strange, I actually really like the brush.

What I didn’t like:
Grrr, it didn’t give me the dramatic level of volume I was looking for. I know that most curling mascaras don’t provide a good amount of volume but this one said that it would so….*pouts*…I’m sad.

Overall: If I could give an award to the “Most Passed By Mascara”, I would give it to Rimmel’s Sexy Curves. I have been eye-ing this mascara for months! But for some reason….I never bit the bullet and gave it a try. Until now.

First, let’s talk about the wand.

Rimmel calls this their “triple plump brush” and that it “curves in for volume and curves out for maximum curl.” Um. Okay. I’m not sure what that means and they don’t exactly provide directions for it so I used this wand the same way I would use any other.

Well…I like it! It makes for decent application with minimal strain. I don’t really understand WHY it is made that way but it doesn’t give me any problems, so a sista ain’t complainin’!

In terms of the mascara’s performance….it’ s good! It gave me A LOT of curl. I found that by bringing the lashes up from root to tip and holding it for a few seconds, I got a better hold. Sometimes I feel like curling mascaras should have some kind of spritz in them–just so that they can hold that curl. Not sure how eye-safe that would be but it’s a thought, hmmmm?

So yes, Sexy Curves gave me that curl. It didn’t hold up as much as I would have liked it but such is the case with most curling mascaras. To get the maximum amount of curl I would suggest curling your lashes with an eyelash curler prior to application.

Lashes without mascara
(DID curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Sure. But only if you are okay with curling your lashes first. However, if you have bone straight lashes and eyelash curlers don’t work too well for you, this mascara may not work.


Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

I have also reviewed Rimmel’s Glam Eyes mascara.

Enjoy your Monday, family!

Always,


Reader Appreciation Week…..1st giveaway!

Happy Reader Appreciation Week, Clumps of Mascara fans and supporters!!

This week is JUST for you. Clumps of Mascara would not be anywhere without your support, emails, comments and love. It means SO much to me and I have a week to show you just how much I care.

EVERYDAY there will be a giveaway. Whenever you see the banner with the big red lips, know that a giveaway is coming up. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully. Not all giveaways are International reader-friendly. Some giveaways are for subscribers only. And others end in a matter of hours. Keep your eyes peeled and fingers crossed.

Let’s start this party off right!

First giveaway to kick off Reader Appreciation Week is


Maybelline Lash Stiletto!!

….that’s right! You remember my review HERE. I am happy to give TWO readers one of my favorite mascaras. To win this, simply drop a quick comment with your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS . That’s it! I will have my 10 year old sister, Imani give me two random numbers. If she selects your comment number, the mascara is yours!

This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 7th at 3:00 a.m. My International family is welcome to join. Send me any questions or comments to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

…..stay tuned, family. This week is going to be full of goodies and surprises!

Because I love you,

Amor de Lacquer: Polishes for Cheap

In continuing with a week of “Amor de Lacquer”, I would be loca to not tell you where I make my polish purchases.

People ask me all the time.

“B, how in the world are you able to afford so many polishes?”

Friends and family, if yall haven’t noticed already, I am cheap. LOL, seriously. I like nice things like most people, but I am always trying to stretch a dollar.

Nail polish purchasing is no exception. I do the majority of my nail polish purchasing online at the following e-tailers.

I highly recommend them ALL. I honestly don’t have a favorite because customer service, and product availability is superb with all of them. And chances are if one of them doesn’t have it, the other two probably do.

AND….they release nail polish collections waaaay before they hit stores.

AND…the prices are usually 30-50% less than what you would pay in stores.

For in-store nail polish purchasing, I

stalk visit Ulta. Sometimes their clearance racks have insane discounts on China Glaze, Ulta brand and Essie polishes. I’m talkin’ around $2.99 or so.

Other cheap in-store nail polish spots?

Drug stores: Wal-greens has Sinful Colors’ polishes for $1.99. Wet ‘N Wild and Milani are ALWAYS on sale for under $3-$4.

Dollar stores: I have found some wonders in The Dollar Tree and those 99 Cents stores.

Swapin’ with friends: Honestly, how many polishes can you stand to get rid of? Chances are a girlfriend of yours does too. Swap!

See! You don’t have to spend $10 on OPI (I never have, ha!) to sport beautifully polished nails.

Where do you generally make your polish purchases?

Polish pretty,


Amor de Lacquer: Yuck colors on brown skin, part I

It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

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.

Well well well….finally! I have gotten around to start doing some posts on nail polishes that aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

Now don’t think for one second that I came up with this idea. Yall know that I think that us brown skinned people can wear any nail polish color. And I still believe that. But after rummaging through my stash, I have come across some colors that just aren’t so flattering on brown skin.

They aren’t bad. But they aren’t gorgeous either. In fact, I call them “Yuck colors”.

Here’s Yuck Color #1
Misa Hot Couture with flash


No flash

Don’t even try to make me feel good about this one. This color is just awful. I’m not sure how it would look on any skintone really. It’s just funky and I think I purchased it JUST to prove a point. I knew I wouldn’t like it.

I would best describe this color as “browning honey mustard. It takes only two coats and I like the finish but that’s all that I like about it.

Yuck Color #2
OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques

I don’t care what anyone says…this color looks terrible on me. My sister, J over at Betty Brown Beautification shares the same sentiments. In fact we laugh and say that this color looks like dirty mop water. Tis is true! I am all for uniqueness but this looks gaudy and extremely unflattering on brown skin. See what I mean…

And it looks far worse without the flash…


I don’t even feel pretty with this color on my tips.


Yikes! I know someone out there is wanting to throw a dagger at me. I know this is a highly coveted color. And while the application is to die for, the color itself is not. I am all for uniqueness but I would rather rock 1 inch french manicured nails than You Don’t Know Jacques.

LOL…it is that bad. And I have yet to trash it.

What do you think? Think these are “yuck colors”? Find them flattering? Or do you think I’m loca? Tell me!

Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: At Home French Manicures


It’s Amor de Lacquer week!!!! All posts will be related to nail polish and nail care!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMY!!!!

Welcome back to another post from Amor de Lacquer week here at Clumps of Mascara! This is a reader requested post that challenged the mess out of me.

But yall know I love challenges.

Any French manicure fans out there?

I can’t say that I’m one. I used to rock them like crazy in college, though. I would get pink and white gel nails done religiously. See!


Focus on the nails, kids. Ignore the brows and mess dorm room. Here is another French manicure shot.


Oh yes….I wore it out! And I think one of the reasons why I don’t care for the look any more is because I wore it so much. That and I change my polish every day. But I still like to do it on my toes!

There are many ways to do at-home French manicures. While some like to purchase the kits, I find that I can do the same thing that the nail techs do!

Here is what I use:

-White polish…I love Sally Hansen’s InstaDri polish. The enormous wand is great for all-over coverage on the nail.


-Pure Acetone

-A firm brush (I use MAC 212 SE). I got this brush in a gift set and never used it. I found that it works perfectly for french manicures AND polish clean-up.

For this tutorial, we will be polishing these two bare nails.

Start off with polishing the tip of your nails. Don’t worry about neatness here.


Dip your brush into a little acetone…make sure that the brush isn’t TOO wet. You don’t it dripping but make sure that at least the tip of the brush is wet.

At this point, I turn my nails so that they are facing me (uncomfortable, but it works!) and move the brush upward to clean whatever mess I made in my initial application. Because my nail beds are longer, I like to have a significant amount of white on my tips. It just looks better to me.


And viola!


It is really is easy! I think I may play around with different colors on the tips, just for fun. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a tropical manicure and African manicure…the latter really does exist. LOL!


Are you a french manicure kind of girl or not so much? Oh…and don’t forget to enter the Zoya Color Lock System giveaway. CLICK HERE!

Polish Pretty,