Merry Christmas from Clumps of Mascara


Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I happen to be one of those annoyingly happy Christmas-y people so this is my favorite time of the year. For those that celebrate it, may you continue to understand the true meaning of this holiday. I will take a mini-break and will resume posting on this upcoming Monday.

Stay beautiful,

P.S.

Last Christmas I got a ton of MAC goodies. Interesting now since I’m a crazy MAC fan anymore. Back to watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story I go. Ciao fam!

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Clumps’s Blast from the Past!

It’s Tuesday, family!

A friend of mine goes, “Why do you often call readers ‘family’ on your blog?”.

“Because they are!” I reply.

Yall have been there with me through it all. The dramatic brow incident. Me cutting off all of my hair (again). My baby steps in lipsticks. Clumps of Mascara readers/subscribers/fellow blog sistas are the best. And I plan on showing you kids just how much I love yall through giveaways and features that YOU have requested. 2009 will bring great things. Just you wait!

I got a little caught up with packing for my trip home for the holidays and was unable to put up the post that I REALLY wanted to put up so instead I thought I’d do some “Blast from the past” posts.

  • Politically Pretty—ahh yes the challenge that Kia from Yummy411 and I colloborated in. And who says you can’t mix beauty and politics?
  • Purple on the cheeks—now exactly what I was thinking? Can yall believe this? Who remembers this craziness here? LOL!
  • MAC’s Bing—Remember the super dark lippie? This was back when I had the nose ring and longer hair. Ahh….the memories.
  • Hair Hair Hair Hair–Wow! Look at the changes my hair went through. I can’t look at that big fro picture too hard. I almost miss it!

And who was reading ClumpsOfMascara.com back when I
was a AmeriCorps volunteer in Los Angeles living in a convent?


I so miss those days.

Random ClumpsOfMascara.com tidbits:

1. I didn’t know of any beauty blogs prior to starting Clumps of Mascara.

2. The blog was initially a goal called “Perfect make-up designing” at 43Things.com

3. Clumps of Mascara means “beautiful imperfection”.

4. I did my first post in my university’s library when I was supposed to be studying for an exam.
5. My closest friends didn’t know about Clumps of Mascara until it became a dot-com site.

6. Clumps of Mascara is nicknamed Clumps and CoM.com.

Whether you are a Clumps of Mascara veteran or a newbie, I love you to pieces! Do you have any Clumps memories? When did you first start reading the blog? OMG, who remembers me awful pale pink layout? Yikes!

Stay beautiful,

P.S.
Check in later. The winners for the Chapstick True Shimmer giveaway will be announced!

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Mascara Monday:Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

Happy Monday, beautiful people!! I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. I managed to brave the last minute holiday shoppers and spend some time at Border’s Bookstore getting some much needed ClumpsOfMascara.com work done. I always get the best work done in a bookstore. I am a little late on reviewing this mascara being that I got several requests a few weeks ago. I have created a nice little “mascaras to review” spreadsheet that should aid in prompt review of the most requested mascaras. Thank you all for being so patient with me. Bring on the Stiletto!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (a little less than $7 from Wal-Mart)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: ” Ultimate Length Mascara…seductive length, shiny patent finish, strengths and conditions” (per the packaging)–update your website, Maybelline!

The truth: Yes ladies and gentleman, your eyes do not deceive you…this is indeed a 5! Granted I have always been a Maybelline mascara fan but this baby here actually DOES what it says it’s going to do.

What I loved about it:
Okay, we can all agree on the fabulousness that is the packaging of this mascara. So slick and classy. It is definitely a step up from neon yellows and greens that Maybelline is known to come out with. I do have other loves about this mascaras but the packaging is my #1!

What I didn’t like: What’s not to like? The packaging is hot and the lengthening is up to par. No complaints here!

Overall: Yes, I am a little late reviewing this baby. Don’t hate me. I really had a hard time finding it…rumor has it that this mascara isn’t out everywhere and that Maybelline is really just “testing” it. Don’t ask me what that means. My sources aren’t TOO sure about this so don’t go around saying, “Brit said…”. LOL! I love this mascara and think that it is AMAZING as far as lengthening mascaras go. I mean….amazing. The wand (which I forgot to take a picture of..sorry!) is my ideal wand in that it is defined enough to get EVERY lash and it is small enough to give you good control. YES!

I personally think that all mascaras need to have smaller wands..they are just easier for application. Those big chunky wands (ahem…Maybelline Colossal) are hell for the clumsy folx of the world i.e. myself.

I didn’t experience any clumps, flaking or smudging with the Stiletto. I am highly impressed with this mascara. Like….a lot. I am now putting it on the HG Lengthening mascara list. That says a lot!

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats


Would I recommend it?: No, I demand it! If you need a little length in your lashes….get this now!

Have you tried you tried this mascara yet? Looking forward to trying it? Not so much? Hated it? Think I’m exaggerating? Tell me, yo!

You have a few more hours to enter last week’s giveaway. Don’t miss out.
Details HERE!

Stay pretty, mijas!

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Amor de Lacquer: Tips and China Glaze OMG

Once again this Amor de Lacquer wasn’t planned but one of my favorite beauty bloggers dropped some tips that I just had to share with the Clumps of Mascara family. Scrangie proclaims THIS to be probably her most important post regarding polishes. Stroll on over to her place and check it out!

And for my nail of the day, check out the holographic brightness that is China Glaze’s OMG.

I took this a week back when my nails were a little shorter. 2 coats ensures complete coverage (like it’s car insurance, lol!) and I topped it off with Seche Vite top coat. Holographic polishes are so much fun to me! And look how it pops in real lighting.

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Loves it! Enjoy your weekend!

FOTD Friday: Holiday Look


Fa la la laaaa…it’s Friday! And 6 days before Christmas. I have yet to do any Christmas shopping. Not because I’m not in the mood but I am finding it so difficult to buy gifts for people who seem to have….enough. Am I the only one who feels like this?

The good news is I am still in the Christmas spirit! I wish I could have worn this look last week to a Toy Drive that my office sponsored. It’s a very simple look done with some of my favorite products in my little collection:


That Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick (1 of 3 BB items that I own) in Bronze is seriously one my of favorite beauty products EVER! I didn’t want to do anything too overpowering with red and green like I did last year:

This year’s look is a little more subtle and definitely wearable to the office holiday party.

Here’s what I used….

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

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Emmanuel eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Bronze
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Covet
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Prescriptives False Eyelashes mascara

LIPS:
Clinique Red-y to Wear High Impact lipstick


That Clinique lippie is wonderful! It’s red but soft enough for you “I can’t wear red lipstick yet” ladies.

Not sure how festive my nails are though.


But if you are in the market for a black nail polish with beautiful silver glitter….Sally Hansen’s Raven Ring is hotness!

Is this work place appropriate or what? Does anyone have any upcoming holiday/family parties? Tell me about your looks!

I hope yall have a wonderful weekend! Don’t hesitate to drop me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com telling me about all of your holiday finds.

Stay beautiful!

Honey Pot: More holiday giveaways!


‘Tis the season for another opportunity to win some goodies from your favorite beauty blog.

But congratulations to my winner from the Rx for Brown Skin giveaway! I don’t have her name yet but she’s got an email from me. Could it be you? Check your email and confirm your full name and mailing address!

“Briiiiit, I didn’t win…..again!”

I know, I know…that’s why I have another contest one for you! 5 lucky people will have a chance to win a Chapstick True Shimmer! Just leave a comment with your email address to this post and I will have my Mommy Dearest, herself select the 5 winners! This contest is only for those in the US and ENDS on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 12midnight PST.

Stick your hand in the Honey Pot!