FOTD: New Year Eve look

Happy Friday! Time for this week’s Face of the Day (FOTD)!

Man, I wish I could rewind time. Last Friday was my birthday and boy was it a great one. It’s been a week since I’ve been 24 and I’m lovin’ it so far. I’m wondering when I’m supposed to feel “old”. A friend of mine (who is a good 10 years older than me) told me that after 23 it all goes down hill.

Uh…I don’t think so!!

Anyway, check out my New Year’s Eve look. I was in Atlanta with some friends. We did dinner at Twist and then went to downtown Atlanta to watch the peach drop. I wish I had pictures of me running around in my boots saying “Happy New Year’s!!” to strangers. Good times, good times….

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie (cheeks)

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Firespot e/s
Make Up For Ever #92
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Electric
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Lancome Définicils Pro mascara

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lipliner
MAC Girl About Town lipstick (see, I love it!)


See those gold star earrings I copped from H&M? I loved them! Can I still wear them without looking cheesy? What do yall think? Hmm…

I am normally a church goer for New Year’s Eve so this was a nice little switch up. Did you have any looks for the holiday?

Tell me.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beauty + Fitness: Wii Fit called me fat!

I have a confession.

I’m pretty obsessed with fitness. I think about it all the time. I am consciously always counting calories. And I have finally gotten to the point where I actually enjoy waking up in the morning to run my miles.

But nothing, I mean nothing beats my Wii Fit.

I got it for Christmas and can’t stop playing it.

The Wii Fit and I were good friends until it called me “overweight” *gasp* Imagine my horror! Apparently the Wii Fit didn’t know that I had already gone from 201 lbs to a little less than 180 lbs in the past 6 months. And surely the Fit didn’t know that my dangerously high blood pressure around 150 was dropped and stabalized to the normal 125-130 range. Yikes.

No worries. I continue to jump out of bed to run every morning and jump on the white board every night.

Fitness is beauty, family. Doesn’t matter how beautiful your gloss is. Or how “fab” your new boots are. High blood pressure doesn’t know that you massage your cuticles every night. Diabetes could care less if you spent $19 on that Make Up For Ever 92 eye shadow color (hehe). None of that matters.

THIS JUST IN: MUFE 92 can prevent anxiety/stress. Swatch it on your fingertip and see what I’m talkin’ about

We have to start taking better care of our bodies…not just on the outside, but on the inside, as well.

What do you think? Would you like to see more health related/weight loss posts on Clumps of Mascara? Do you think that health is relative to beauty or not so much?

I would love to know your thoughts. I also have a poll on the left hand side of the page. Vote por favor!

Stay beautiful but more importantly, stay healthy,

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Beauty Review: L’Oreal HiP’s Color Presso

Greetings gorgeous people!

If there is one thing I love….it’s innovative beauty. New ideas, concepts, technologically beauty operated stuffs and ultra cool packing. It excites me and shows that as the world progresses…so does the world of beauty!

L’Oreal HiP’s Color Presso thingies are like….so…totally cool!

I mean, look at it.

That’s Sally Hansen’s Night Lily on the nails, by the way

That’s a sexy lip gloss, uh? I purchased (782) Ritzy Color Presso from Wal-greens for $12.99. Now normally I wouldn’t purchase L’Oreal HiP regular price because drugstores usually have Buy 1, Get 1 sales but I just had to share this with my family….that would be yall.

ALERT: L’Oreal is on sale at CVS: Buy 1, Get 1 Free!! Check the ad here.

Per L’Oreal’s website:

“Grab Hold of Endless Color Combinations
Press one side for a single shade
Press two sides to mix and blend hundreds more
Press to Express”

Well, I don’t know about “hundreds” but I see what you’re gettin’ at, Lo HiP. This is such a cool product. The packaging is just so much fun. And look how funny it looks when you squeeze both tubes.

Ha! That just tickles me.

And you can even wear it as an accessory!

Okay, I’m kidding about that last bit but it’s one product that has endless uses. It is a little on the pricey side being a few dollars short of some higher end brands.

What I DON’T like about this product is that the gloss factor doesn’t last as long as I would like for it to. I’ve encountered this with many Lo HiP lip products. Granted this is better than most but it still is almost non-existent after an hour or so. Boo to that.

Check out my video review (warning: I’m a mess)

Actually, L’Oreal HiP has a ton of goodies in store for us. Look what I caught on Crackberry:

Ah haaaa….


I think I’ll wait for BOGO before I purchase any thing else.

What do you think? Have you tried this? Want to? Not interested?

Don’t act like you’re too cute to be shoppin’ in the drugstore, girl!

on

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I haven’t been on the MAC train for a few months now. My exploration in other cosmetic companies has drawn me out of my MAC-only obsession but I was just shocked when I saw this!


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Only for online purchases.
You can get free shipping on $60+ purchases.

What do you think? Feel tempted to treat yourself or someone else to anything?

“Not I,” said the B (ee). I think I’m going to sit this one out….again.

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Happy haulin’,

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Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Tart


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.

I am so enamored with nail polishes that I had a hard time trying to figure out which ones to take with me on my trip to Atlanta. I seriously stood looking at my 100+ stash trying to figure out which bottle would be one of the “lucky ones”. Zoya’s Tart managed to catch my eye and I proclaimed it to be my official birthday polish color. Tart did not disappoint.


It took only 2 coats to get the bottle color. One coat could have probably done the trick because the color is so rich. I have been using the Dazzle Dry Nail System for my base and top coats and it is AMAZING (review coming soon). Zoya’s Tart lasted a good 2 days, which is darn near a record for me considering I polish my nails every day. I loved wearing this electric blue on my birthday. I don’t get to play around with brighter colors because of work so this was a nice little treat for me.

Of course I had to be all extra with it.

Yes I was playing “celebrity” in that little get-up. My best friend went around honking and I waved to people telling them that it was my birthday. I’m a mess like that.

So thank you, Zoya Tart. You made my birthday so cool….like icy cold blue.

*crickets*

Okay….I thought it was funny. Smile because I know you thought so too. You can purchase this Big 3 Free polish from Zoya.com for $6. As a matter of fact…you can actually get it for free! Zoya has a dynamite trade-in deal going on right now. I say you dive in. Zoya’s selection and polish formulas are insanely amazing. Click the image below for details.

Polish pretty,

The Best of Clumps of Mascara 2008!

I know, I know. This is a tad bit behind.

But I wanted to wait until everyone was back from their blog hiatuses, vacations and holiday busyness. That makes sense, right? Hehehe…. At any rate enjoy my top finds/buys of 2008. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about any of the mentioned.

The Best of Clumps of Mascara 2008


The best foundation:

I’m not a foundation wearer but I tested CoverGirl’s Natural Hue Minerals and loved it!

The best eye shadow color:
Too Faced’s Cocoa Mocha (I did a FOTD using it here)

The best eye shadow palette:
NARS Bridal palette. Amazing! (I did a FOTD using this palette here)

The best mascara:
Max Factor Volume Couture (read the review and watch the video here)

The best bronzer:
Cargo Big Bronzer

The best blush:ItalicNARS Dolce Vita (review and swatches here)


The best lip gloss
:
Clinique and Stila make the BEST. I love their formulas.


The best lip stick:

MAC’s Girl About Town makes me so happy!


The best make-up remover
:
Lancome’s Bi-Facil. Worth EVERY penny.

The best drugstore buy:
Skin cleansing and moisturizing products.
Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion is a cheap staple for me!

The best higher end buy:
Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils. Worth every penny! I managed to snag the travel kit for the low, though.


The best make-up collection:

MAC’s Cult of Cherry. I only hauled two lippies from this collection but the concept/selections were hot!

The best hair product:
Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner (review here)

The best hair company:
My Mommy’s (and all other smaller independent hair companies that keep sulfates out of their products)

The best nail polish color:
OPI’s Sheer Your Toes
China Glaze’s LOL
China Glaze’s Recycle
OPI’s Can You Dig It?
China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps
Zoya’s Zara
Zoya’s Tart
Sinful Colors’ San Francisco
….I have a dozen more but I’ll stop here.


The best nail polish company
:
Zoya, China Glaze, O.P.I., Sally Hansen and Sinful Colors


The best online beauty resource:

Total Beauty.com

The best e-tailer:
Head2ToeBeauty.com and transdesign.com


The best product for a newbie:

Too Faced Shadow Primer
Sonia Kashuk face and eyeshadow brushes

The best product for women of color:
BLUSHES! Any color.

The best beauty fad of 2008:
Gray nail polish!!!

The best innovative beauty product:
Spinning mascaras! Whether they worked or not is another story.

That’s that! What were some of your “bests” of 2008? Any particular product or collection that you went crazy over. Digame chicas!

Con Todo Mi Amor,

But Black Women Can’t: Wear Bright Lipsticks


Hello family! 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 me your suggestions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Remember a few months back when I showcased MAC’s “Girl About Town”…a beautiful fuchsia lipstick? Per a reader’s question…I found another way to wear it beautifully.

Bright lipsticks can be intimidating, brown ladies. Trust me, I know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that we can’t wear reds and hot pinks. Oh…so we are only supposed to wear boring golds and browns?

I don’t think so!!!

I find that by pairing Girl About Town with a burgundy plum-ish lip liner (like MAC’s Nightmoth) creates a more wearable lip color.

And because you are wearing such a bright lippie, it is important to keep everything else low-key. I opt for pretty shimmery lids and cheeks…..thank you Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie <---don't go looking for that...it's discountined, kids.



So who says Black women can’t wear bright lipsticks?

Have you heard this before? How frustrating is this? Or are you one of those people who THINK this? It’s a new year so step out on a limb and rock a bright colored lippie. I challenge you!

Because gold, brown and burgundy lipsticks on Black women is getting so old! We must do better, ladies. What do you think?

Because gold is old,

Beautiful Bee-ing Me: Ladebelle of Rants of a Wild Child


Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

“Briiit, what if someone laughs at me?”

Okay, who cares? Have yall seen MY looks….or mistakes? Don’t be shy. This series is about being able to connect with the Clumps of Mascara community and display your new findings in the beauty/fashion world. I welcome all submissions from all ladies (and you too fellas) of all backgrounds and ages! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Allow me to introduce Ms. Ladebelle of Rants of a Wild Child. Aside from being one of my favorite tweeples on Twitter, this lady has hot hair and a style to match. We were supposed to link up in Atlanta but time did not permit. *sigh* No worries….there WILL be a next time. Enjoy her beautiful pictures and show some love to her blog.



Gotta love her natural hair with the fab color! Get it, Lade!

Because I love showin’ off for you,

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