Beauty Review: Chapstick True Shimmer

Review time!

But first….raise you hand if you have ever owned a Chapstick.

*looks around*

I think just about everyone has owned Chapstick. You too, fellas! It’s just a staple when it comes to lip care. I remember being a little girl and beating the winter weathered chapped lips with a tube of Chapstick…you know, the kind with the blue packaging.

Chapstick has a new lip balm that adds a little more to your lippies: shimmer!


I absolutely adore these babies….which is shocking because I have never been the glittery goddess type but the shimmer in these are very subtle. And of course it has that wonderful long-lasting moisture that we have all grown to love from the Chapstick brand. And is it just me or can I *licks lips* taste a somethin’-somethin’?

Check me out!


Just a very sheer but pretty shimmer. I tried pairing one with a lip liner from Milani Cosmetics (Bonfire) and it worked perfectly!

I am finding that these are perfect for the holidays. If not as stocking stuffers, maybe you can trim your tree with them, eh?

Don’t laugh at me….yall know it’s cute. LOL! Not bad for only $2.79. And of course you can find them at any drug, food or convenience store. Are you a Chapstick fan? What’s your favorite item from them?

For more information, visits chapstick.com.

Stay puckering,

P.S.
Drop by later today! I will be announcing the winner from last week’s giveaway as well as dropping the details for the next one! You’re excited, uh? I know you are. :)

But Black Women Can’t: Wear Bright Eyeshadow


It’s been a minute since we’ve seen a post from this series, uh? I know you didn’t think I’ve covered EVERYTHING when it comes to Black women and what we CAN’T do in beauty or make-up. Oh no brothers and sisters….I have a ton of topics under my sleeve.

Let’s get stated with the most recent.

Remember my last FOTD Friday post?


The colors that I used were a hot pink and matte vibrant grape. Colors that I’m sure a great deal of Black women would run away from because they think that they would look like a “clown”.

First of all, I am so sick of Black women saying this. Ladies…yall will never look like this dude (and mind you I’m taking a risk. Clowns scare the mess out of me):


*shivers* No ma’am. You will not look like a Bobo or a Bozo so relax. But I think I have figured out why a lot of women shy away from bright colors on the lid. Look at this picture:


That’s why….a lot of you (yes, I’m calling you out. It’s okay. I had to learn too) tend to get the side eye when you wear bright shadow. I used to be the saaaame way. Now don’t yall laugh at me. I was very new to make-up and didn’t know any better.

Now what in the Blackberry Storm is going on here? Why is the pink shadow up to my brow? A mess. A very hot and tragic mess. Granted the colors used there were not as bright as my previous FOTD but the concept is all wrong. And because I’m a good sport and like to make yall laugh I decided to show what would happen if I rocked bright pink eyeshadow alll the way up to my brow bone….

Scary, uh? But check out the red fingernail. Gotta love that China Glaze Ruby Pumps..lol!

Black women, and all women for that matter, we CAN rock all colors but make sure that you understand your eyeshadow shape and placement…. As a matter of fact, I’ve been following this little diagram from Specktra.net (source) for quite some time.


I also did a 7-minute tutorial of this this look for the purpose of showing where colors should go. If you need to see things done in person, I think this video will be great for your viewing.

Bright Eyeshadow Tutorial for Brown Ladies

Do you wear brighter eyeshadow colors or not so much? Tell me! Have I helped some? Please let me know. :)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It ends today.

Stay beautiful,

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Amor de Lacquer: You can grow long nails!


Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I didn’t plan this post but I just had to share some posts that 2 of my favorite nail bloggers have done. Polishing your nails is one thing but taking care of them so that they grow nice and long (if that is your preference) is another thing.

  • Steph over at Nail Juice was a chronic nail biter for 17 years and now you can’t even tell! She drops some tips on how you can keep your nails growing long…and beautiful like hers.
  • I would have never thought that Katee at E-Polishblog ever had shorter nails, but she did! She too drops some tips (including my favorite: wear rubber gloves when cleaning) on how you can go from little nubbies to longer and more beautiful nails.

What kind of nails are you rocking? Short? Long and witch like? Acrylic? Non-existent? Tell me! I’ve always had freakishly long nail beds that are pretty sturdy so that’s one gene that I thank the parentals for.

And you know that no post is complete without a NOTD (nail of the day).

China Glaze’s Romantique collection doesn’t come out until January of 2009 and I really had no intentions of snagging anything from it until I saw Katee’s swatches. I ordered Harmony and Joy and here is the beauty that is Joy.

It only took 2 coats from this metallic iced grape color to come out perfectly. I topped it off with Seche Vite top coat and it lasted for a good 2 days. It looks a little bling-y inside but outside it is more subdued and just perfect.

What do you think about this color? Not your style? A must have?

Polish Pretty,

Beautiful Bee-ing Me: Ms. Shavonda!

Welcome to the inaugural post for the series I’ve been meaning to introduce for quite some time! 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.

I feel honored to even display Shavonda, a 26 year-old from Sacramento. She has recently BCed (big chopped–this means cutting off relaxed hair) and wanted to show her new look with the Clumps of Mascara family.


After seeing her beautiful hair, I just had to ask her a few questions.

1. When did you BC?
—> November 20, 2008.

2. What do you love most about being natural?
–> I love EVERYTHING about being natural. I love that I can wash my hair everyday. I love that I don’t have to run from the sheer thought of water anymore. I love that it takes me 5 mins to do my hair in the morning. I think the best thing about being natural is that everyday I fall in love with my hair over again. I love that my curls are uniquely mine. No one else has the same curls as me.


3. What are some of the challenges?
–> I don’t think that I have encountered any hair challenges yet only because I’ve recently BC’d. Right now I’m rockin the TWA and even when I think I may be having a bad hair day, you can’t tell because it come across as intentional. Although I will say that I am having kind of a hard time with the whole head scarf, wrap thing, I had never worn wraps or scarfs before I chopped so I have NO IDEA what I’m doing. Plus I have a little head so I don’t really know that they look right on me!

4. What are your favorite products?
I’m really into all natural products so there are the ones that I have discovered and are lovin right now. I co wash pretty much everyday with either Burts Bees More Moisture Raspberry and Brazil Nut Conditioner or Giovanni Deeper Moisture Conditioner. I tend grab the Giovanni more though. It’s amazing because it’s natural and organic which I love and it makes my hair feel so soft and nourished. I have been following a few blogs (including Clumps of Mascara) which have raved of Trader Joe’s conditioner so I actually went out and bought it last night!! I plan on testing it out today. After I wash it I pat dry and spritz with some homemade vegetable glycerin and water spritz. While my hair still damp I apply some of my homemade hair crack (as I call it) which consists of Pure Unrefined Shea Butter, Unrefined Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, and Jojoba Oil. My hair loves this stuff and it is the most amazing moiturizer ever.. I don’t comb or brush my hair so I finger style and Im out the door. **I usually dont shampoo at all but if I notice buildup I only use one of things. I’ll use either castille soap or I use Giovanni Deeper Moisture Shampoo. Both are Laurel Sulfate free. Ill be trying Trader Joes brand shampoo that goes along with their conditioner since its also Laurel Sulfate free.

5. What do you plan on doing next with the hair?
At this point I have no idea what I plan to do with my hair next!! I know I don’t plan to loc it, though. I love the look of natural hair wild and free so I do plan on doing alot of braid and twist outs. I’m just looking forward to getting to know my hair and its characteristics.

Going natural has sparked a serious transition within me. I’ve developed a major love affair with my hair. I love to wear makeup now and I accessorize like nobody’s business. The bigger the earrings the better!!

How beautiful is she?! She reminds me so much of myself when I did my first BC back in April of 2005. You can find more pictures of Shavonda at her Fotki album.

Okay, so who is going to be the next feature? Don’t make me call you out. :) Beautiful in your own skin and don’t mind letting the world know? Shoot me your shots at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Until next time….

Rock on with you bad self,


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MAC Holiday Kits are now 25% off!

I usually don’t post sales but this one here is a shocker. I’ve lived to see the day of the first Black president and of MAC having a pretty decent sale. Heyyy!!!

I’m not too interested in these holiday palettes but I know just who to get them for!

All Holiday kits from the Passions of Red, Adoring Carmine, Little Darlings and MAC Exclusives are 25% off! That means…

This baby here:

….goes for $28.50 instead of $38.00!!

And of course MACCosmetics.com is offering free shipping and you can also snag these 25% off in stores. I’m not sure how long this will last so act quickly if you are shopping for your favorite cosmetic lovin’ cousin. Click here to start shopping now!

Love yall!


Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie

Happy Monday, beautiful people! Can you believe that Christmas is next week? Have you snagged your gifts yet? Not me! I have never been a good gift giver. Perhaps lack of funds? Who knows..


Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (a little less than $7 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: ” Get a dramatic look with 2000 Calorie Mascara — it volumizes lashes up to 200%. Water resistant and smudge-proof hypoallergenic formula is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. With curved brush applicator.” (source)

The truth: Dramatic? Not so much!

What I loved about it:
It gave a little length to my lashes. But nothing that my current HG lengthening mascara can’t do.

What I didn’t like: The flipping wand was the worst thing I have ever seen Seriously..it was a clumpy mess and maybe it’s just be but I’m not a big fan of curved brushes. I don’t even see the point of them.

Overall: For starters, the picture I have listed is not the the EXACT same one as the one I purchased. In fact, after doing further research, I found that Max Factor has a number of 2000 Calorie mascara. The one I really wanted to try out was the 2000 Calorie Lash Extreme plumper. This mascara, I found to be just “okay”. I was actually a little disappointed. It wasn’t BAD, but I guess I didn’t understand what it was supposed to do. The volume was just so so. I didn’t experience and flaking throughout the day and the clump factor was down a bit. Definitely nothing to brag about.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats


Would I recommend it?: Not at all. I would hold out for the Lash Extreme plumper. Click the link below to visit the video review.

Have you tried any of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascaras? Tell me about it!

Enter the Rx for Brown Skin $130 product giveaway! Details HERE!

Stay beautiful,


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The Honey Pot: Giveaway Reminder


Happy Sunday, family!

Have you have heard about THIS week’s giveaway? Just in case you missed it….let me drop the deets for ya:

Tis the season for giving and stick your hand in the honey pot for your chance to win:

  • Rx for Brown Skin Bright and Even Exfoliating Kit ($75 value)
  • Rx for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum ($36 value)
  • Rx for Brown Skin Body Butter ($27 value)

How can you snag this? By subscribing to Clumps of Mascara. What does this mean? Enter your email address in the little box to the left that looks like this…


Subscribing to Clumps of Mascara ensures that you get an email each and every time I update the site! Ain’t that just great? Make sure that your email address is correct. Don’t be givin’ me no bogus email accounts. Hmm mmm….I know how some of yall think. LOL! If you are already subscribed, then do no more. Your entry is in! If you are not sure if I have your email address on file, shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com to double check. This contest is only for US subscribers and ENDS on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12midnight PST.

Have you subscribed yet? Make sure that you have!

And in hair news, those interested in my journey to locs, I started yesterday:

You can follow my journey by checking out my hair blog: The Crowned Chronicles. Continue to enjoy your weekend!

Stay beautiful,

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FOTD Friday: Purples & Pinks


Happy Friday, family!

I am literally bouncing off of the walls today because well…it’s the weekend! Tomorrow I get my locs installed by my wonderful and beautiful loctician. I am tracking the journey to locs at my hair blog: The Crowned Chronicles. The “crown” would be my hair. Yes, another blog..I know. What can I say? I love blogging! Of course I will do mini hair-updates here at Clumps of Mascara. Stay tuned!

So in make-up news…there have been soooo many holiday sales going on in the cosmetic world. But the BEST one I’ve stumbled across is Sephora’s spend $35 and get $15 code. Whaaaat!! That’s amazing! Take that little gift card that I had plus this deal and I was one happy lady. I roamed Sephora trying to decide between something from Philosophy and Tarte. And then I strolled past NARS again….NARS, how I love thee, let me count the ways. And then I saw that Make Up For Ever shadow that I have been crushing on forever. Introducing…

(left) NARS Caravaggio eyeshadow-$32
(right) Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow-$19

I doubt I would have ever purchased these shadows so freely at their regular prices. I mean, really…$19, MUFE? However….when I tell you that MUFE matte purple is the BEST color I have ever purchased….I ain’t lying! I mean…I have no words for this shadow. It is THAT amazing. I just…wow. NARS Carvaggio duo, I find has the perfect deep pink and medium purple. They work beautiful together and MUFE 92 only adds a bit of magic to the duo. I am loviiiin’ these purchases.

Check out the look:

[NOTE: The skin has been bare all week. Not even a dash of blush. I’ve been trying to keep as many products of it as possible to clear up the little break-out I have on my left cheek.]

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow
NARS Caravaggio eyeshadow
Clinique Almost Peach eyeshadow (highlight)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye liner in Electric
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Navy
Rimmel ‘Glam Eyes mascara

FACE:
Not a thang, mon!

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip liner
MAC Hot ‘N Saucy Tendertone



What do you think? I am finding these colors extremely wearable! It was a pleasure playing with MUFE shadows for the first time and if those babies weren’t so darn expensive, I would love to invest in more. And I will always have a weak spot for NARS. *sigh*

Do you have any favorite pinks and purples? Tell me!!

Don’t forget to stick your hand in the Honey Pot to snag $130 worth of products from Rx for Brown Skin! Hop to it! This would make a wonderful gift!

Have a wonderful weekend, family!

Stay beautiful,