Brown & Blushin': Smashbox’s O-Glow Cheek color


It’s the series all about brown ladies and blushes! Here’s a product that I have had for almost 6 months and I am just now sharing it with the family. Please excuse the delay. Pero better late than never. I remember when I first heard about Smashbox’s O-Glow Intuitive Cheek color. I HAD to have.

This silicone-based clear gel is infused with vitamins for the skin.

Now the question that I’m sure most of my brown girls are asking is, “Does it really work for us?”

Yes!

It goes on like a gel….

And after a few seconds, you get a nice “flush” of raspberry pink.

Can you see it? While it works, I have a problem with putting it on. How do you do it? With fingers? A brush? I find that neither is effective–hence why I have never really used the product. So while Smashbox gets an A+ from me in the innovative department, I will have to give them a D- on usability.

Have you ever tried this product? Or would you be interested in trying it? Any tricks of how I can get it to work? Tell me!!

Cuz I’m brown and can still blush,

Update and Barbie loves Stila, part II

Greetings my loves!

I am back in Florida–but not “home”. All of the posts this week were actually scheduled. I am currently in North Florida on business. I can’t express to you all how wonderful actually being in D.C. for the Presidential inauguration was. Just amazing!! I mean…just check out one of my views:

Of course I will share additional pictures and details next week when things aren’t so loco around these parts.

I also popped my head in to let you all know that the Barbie Loves Stila cans are finally in!!!

Remember this post? And remember the confusion? They are now available so get yours before it is too late!

I may not have responded/replied…but I have read every comment from this past week’s postings. And fellow bloggers—I’ve read you all’s posts as well.

Stay beautiful, family!

FDA Approved Drug for Longer Lashes

….not quite but it could be coming soon

What do you think? What if you could walk into your doctor’s office and requested a prescription for longer and fuller lashes. Would do you do?

Check out this article that a reader sent me (thanks Suzie from NYC!!!). Peep that part that talks about how much we spend on mascaras annually. Wowsers!! Could this be the end to mascara purchasing?

Tell me your thoughts after you finish reading.

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Twist Collection, Part 1

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.

If I could be BFFs with a nail polish collection, I am thinking that Zoya’s Twist would be it! What a fun Spring collection. It offers a little something for every one. And of course, I think it is brown girl friendly. I have been getting quite a few emails/comments about “polishes that work for brown skin”. You know me—I think we can rock anything! But for yall’s sake, I will identify the polishes that aren’t as flattering on us. How’s that sound?

First up, Cassi. This color is described as a shimmering soft pink and I agree. It is just that! I was happy to have it as I don’t have any color in my collection like it. I think I would prefer it more on the toes than my fingers but she is a beaut nonetheless.

Now we have, Malia! Ohmigoodness, I love this color. I knew I would love it for two reasons alone: it’s purple and it’s a creme. My weakness!! And it doesn’t help that it has the same name as my darling baby cousin, Malia Obama. This color is described as a violet creme and man oh man does it look beautiful. It looks like one of those pastel easter eggs. My loctician couldn’t stop complimenting me when she saw me in this color.

If purple is my favorite nail polish color than grays would probably come in at a close second. I can’t get enough of them and Harley rocks my heart. This soft shimmering gray looks divine! I thought it would look like O.P.I.’s Sheer Your Toes but it is a more intense shade of gray and I think I prefer this one better. It’s an unexpected color from a nail polish Spring collection but I adore it.

Got your eye on any of these babies here? Buy these and more for $6/bottle at Zoya.com. Or better yet, get the Sampler for only $36! Stay tuned for Part 2 of Zoya’s Twist Collection.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Amor de Lacquer: Polish Storage

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.

Once upon a time, a few months ago, maybe….I didn’t have many nail polishes.

“B!! Surely, you jest.”

Noooope, it was until very recently when I have started collecting nail polishes. This time last year I had less than 15. Now I have over 100. Which I know is more than the average person’s but I bet my favorite nail bloggers have three times as many. Nonetheless, if you walk any where in my super neat room, you are bound to find a bottle of nail polish somewhere.

By the television…

On the night stand…


They are every where!! I am still storing them in a crate in my closet.


What a mess! And that’s just half of them. My accessories are cramped somewhere else and it’s getting a little frustrating. I am a neat freak and I can not stand clutter or an over-abundance of anything. So it looks like I will be giving away the colors that I don’t use/like. But in the meantime I have to figure out how to house them neatly. Any suggestions?

How many nail polishes do you have? Give me an average number…

ETA: I have sense changed my nail polish set-up. Check it out here.

Polish pretty,

Beauty Review: Dr. Susan Taylor Rx for Brown Skin’s Skin Brightener

[EDITOR’S NOTE]: I am in DC for this historical Presidential Inauguration.

I love when I can safely brag about MANY products from a particular skincare line. Oftentimes I may like the cleanser but not the moisturizer. Or the other way around. Truthfully, I don’t have many negatives about about any of the products I have tested from the Rx for Brown Skin line. Here’s another product that delivers!

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Naturally Flawless
Advanced Botanical Brightener

Hyperpigmentation, without a doubt is an issue that ALL women deal with but it seems to be more prevalent among women of color. I remember having an issue with hyperpigmentation at a very young age. It didn’t bother me too much until fairly recently and I am glad that I ran into this product at this point in my life.

Honestly….it either works or I’m seeing things. I would argue that it is the former simply because I KNOW my skin. I analyze it daily and know every spot, blemish and imperfection. So I KNOW that this product is working for me.

What it is “supposed” to do:

  • Gently brightens brown skin with natural ingredients
  • Helps to promote uniform skintone
  • Is Hydroquinone-free

(source)

You are supposed to apply a little in the a.m. and p.m. and then follow up with your regular moisturizer. I have been doing this for a little over 3 weeks and I have noticed a HUGE improvement of the dark spots on my face. They are slowly fading away. Might I add that these dark spots are fairly new. Not ones that I have had for years.

The brightener goes on like any moisturizer.


….a few swipes and it’s gone.


At $36.00 for a 1.5 oz, I can’t say that it is the cheapest little product but I’ve never been the one to NOT buy a skincare product because of its high price. Taking care of your skin is an investment so I’m not complaining!

What do you use to get rid of those dark spots? I’ve will always hail cocoa butter but this brightener is the truth! In 5 months, I’m thinking that ALL of the dark spots on my face will be gone. How great would that be?

Con Amor,

Beauty Blogger Meet-Up: LuxeTips and Clumps!

Every now and then, we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people.

I say “every now and then” because it is my belief that there are more crazies in the world than wonderful people. But I digress.

As I was saying: Every now and then we are blessed to cross paths with wonderful people. Sometimes in classrooms, in our offices, family members, and even in the blogosphere! I had the opportunity to link up with one of my now favorite people ever!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips and I met up at the Flying Biscuit in downtown Atlanta a few weeks back. Now I have always been a fan of her blog but to actually meet the lady behind the blog was such a wonderful experience!

She’s even more beautiful in person and I can’t think of a person I admire more right now. Super Mom, super attorney AND a passionate beauty blogger. She’s got a spunky personality and a driven spirit. We exchanged business cards, hugged and I thanked her for being such an inspiring role model.

See…blogging is more than creative writing. It’s about meeting people who can change your life.

Thank you, Auntie Luxe. How you’ve impacted my life, you will never know.

Fellow bloggers….have you ever met the face behind the blog? How did it go?

Your Chronic blogger,

Mascara Monday: Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes

It’s another Monday and you know what that means…..*drum roll*. Another mascara review! I’ve been giving you lovely people the tidbits about the greatness (or lackthereof) of drugstore mascaras but I have been neglecting the higher end brands too. I know yall aren’t complaining because of these tough economic times. I love reviewing mascaras with dramatic claims. Prescriptives Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes set is just that. Will my lashes look “false”. Check the review…

Prescriptives Absolute Eyes
False Eyelashes set

Price: 3 out of 5 (the entire set is $30)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: ” All you need to make your eyes look amazing, featuring False Eyelashes Plush Mascara.”

The truth: Plush lashes? Yes! False lashes? Not so much.

What I loved about it:
It really did give me plush lashes!

What I didn’t like: The brush wasn’t the easiest to use. Look at this bad boy.


I didn’t know where to start. However, once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t so bad!

Overall: This is my second time reviewing a Prescriptives mascara. The first one was Beyond Long and I didn’t have the best experience with it. Needless to say, I didn’t have high hopes for Absolute Eyes False Eyelashes. Well, I must say—it won me over! I like the idea that the mascara comes in a cute little case with eye make-up remover. Tres cute!

The primer didn’t give me any issues. Add too many coats, however, and you will end up with clumps by the end of your first coat of mascara.

Lashes with NO mascara

(I curled my lashes prior to
mascara application)

You are to use the Lash builder primer first and follow it up with the mascara–obviously.

Lashes with TWO coats

Wow! I say it did a decent job in giving me dark, plus lashes. The length wasn’t so bad either. Due to curling my lashes before application, I ended up a really nice set of lashes. But false? Nahhh….not quite. But good? Yes!

Would I recommend it?: I do! It’s not a bad mascara and if you’re thinking that the price is a little steep, consider what you’re getting with it. $30-mascara, primer, make-up remover and little cute bag. Not too bad.

Due to my travels this week, I won’t be able to provide you lovely people with a video review this time around. Wipe your tears, though. I’ll be back next Monday!

Are you a fan of Prescriptives mascaras? What do you think?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!

Staying beautiful and remembering history,


(photo source)