10 Best Beauty Breakthroughs

Are some of your favorites in the top 10?

Mine weren’t. HA!!! Not sure what that means but definitely check out that article for some weekend readin’.

Happy Saturday, family!

10 Best Beauty Breakthroughs

These products have changed the way we color our hair, erase wrinkles, zap brown spots and more

Thousands of beauty products debut each year so it takes something special for a product to stand out from the crowd. These are the goods we think deserve a prime spot on your bathroom counter. So without further ado…

See breakthroughs

Honey Pot Giveaway Reminder: Garfield’s Stash

Garfield has asked me to remind you all to enter his contest. He and I both are enjoying reading the entries. I can’t remember who wrote it but the reader that said she put her Barbie dolls on the ceiling fan and then flew them off and called it “Circus Barbies” had me rollin’.

And Garfield practically choked up a hairball laughing at the reader who posted the story about her sister painting her in red fingernail polish.

Ohhh, the memories.

Don’t forget to enter the contest HERE for your chance to snag a bundle of newbie goodies.

And if you have already submitted, head on back to read some of the childhood memories.

One of my fondest?
Forcing my little sister to take a huge bite out of deodorant.

Hilarity in its finest.

Enjoy your weekend, fam!

FOTD Friday: Throwback Edition

It’s Friday! Got any weekend plans? I am going to link up with one of my best darlings from undergrad and then on Sunday some of us beauty bloggers in the Tampa/Orlando area will hook up and head out to MAC Pro and talk beauty. If there are any readers and other bloggers out there that would like to link up with us, please let me know!

This past week my face has been attacking me like crazy. I mean, pimple galore! For 3 months I will be fine. But for a month and half, I will have to endure crazy acne spells. *tears* I didn’t get around to doing a FOTD this week simply because I haven’t been wearing any make-up as to give my skin a break. This is essential to do every now and then.

I decided to do a throwback edition of FOTD Friday. How crazy is it that my hair is different in EACH picture? And can you see the weight loss from the last picture when comparing it to the first?

Yall better say, “yes”.

Just jivin’, fam!

No really, can you? LOL!

June 2007

August 2007

January 2008

May 2008

October 2008

January 2009

Change is good. Change is good. I had to type it twice to convince myself. Have you gone through any changes in the past few years of your life? In these photos alone I was dealing with having just graduated, moving across the country, loosing weight, growing locs, getting my first real job….I’ve had a lot of changes. Both good and bad. I would love to know yours.

Tell me!

It’s the weeeeekend!

This Day in Black History:
1991African Americans win eight Grammys

Fashion Week Fabulousness Spring ’09

Well, it’s that time again, ladies and gents.

Fashion Week has reared its oh so beautiful head in New York City. Yours truly is not in attendance as I have planned one too many trips so close together this season and FORGOT NYFW. No worries. I hope to be there for the showing of the Spring 2010 collections.

Spring 2010. That sound so far away doesn’t it?

Too bad it’s not. Wowsers!

Moving on…I just had to share with you all what one of my favorite cosmetic companies is doing at Fashion Week. I have been in love with NARS for quite some time. Never mind that only own a few products. Never mind that the products are a little too expensive for me. I still and will always love Mr. Francois Nars for his creation of NARS, the company.

Now the following is a little outside of the “make-up newbie’s” world but it is fascinating.


SHOW: Marc Jacobs

LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics

TREND: Night clubbing – theatrical makeup – strong eyes, porcelain skin

Inspiration: The Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 collection paid homage to the New York night club scene of the 1970s and ‘80s. Drawing inspiration from these decades and the works of Sprouse, St. Laurent, and Halston, François Nars took into consideration each model’s individual beauty before creating a separate edgy look, reminiscent of the past but still very modern. “We are doing quite an eclectic look,” he said. The inspiration for diversity came from Nars’ book XRAY. “[Marc] wanted to keep that feeling,” said Nars, “the variety of looks, the same way we do the campaigns for NARS.” Overall, it was important that each girl look beautiful, even with strong theatrical looks. Much like the fashion, Nars emphasized having fun with makeup for the coming year, despite the times we live in- “It’s a good antidote.”

Look: Focusing on an edgy, night clubbing look, strong eyes and bold color were a major theme. Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which the artists added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias, and glitter. “There is a wide variety of color,” said Nars, “it’s whatever looks good on the girl.” For many of the models, porcelain skin was a key component, allowing the black eyes and bright colors to pop. “You want to play with makeup,” says Nars, “makeup is a great accessory – that is the message.”

Look at all of the products used:

Ay, Mr. Nars….can I just get one of those, player?

….the master working on a beautiful model. I love the work he did on her cheekbones!

The un-blended line on the lip is runway fierce! Okay kids…shadow up to the brow is okay ONLY in these kind of instances. Beautiful!

….can I just say that I am loving the diversity of the ladies?

Okay, I don’t know where to start. Lady to the left….I mean, the PERFECT blue lids. Paired with a pale lip. Gorgeous. Lady to the right…what an ingenious decision on Mr. Nars behalf to line her brows with red shadow. And her browbone highlight as a fire-y red color? I can dig it.

This is what make-up art is all about, kids. It’s a waaay out of my league but I can’t help but be in awe.

Are you at Fashion Week?
Don’t really care?
Want to be there?
Staying up on the trends?

pictures courtesy of narscosmestics.com

Beauty Review: MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioner in Popster

Introducing product #3 that I purchased from the MAC Hello Kitty collection.

I justified purchasing this for several reasons; one being that I simply adore MAC’s lip conditioners and two because I could re-use that darling Hello Kitty case over and over again.

But seriously, I love MAC’s lip conditioners. I have only purchased one. And that means something…your $14.50 will last a LEAST a year. So yes, I know that almost $15 on a balm is a stretch but it will really last you some time. I use my religiously…every day and every night following my skincare regimes. That’s right conditioning your lips is just as important as taking care of your skin.

But yall knew that right?

I figured MAC’s Tinted lip conditioner in Popster would be the best of both world’s. The wonderful conditioning formula that I’m used to with a nice subtle flush of color on the lips.

The packaging is indeed quite darling. A friend of mine goes, “Wow B…..aren’t you too old for Hello Kitty products?” I didn’t jump on him, yall. He clearly doesn’t understand. Plus what am I? 79? Geez.

MAC defines Popster as “lively coral pink”. I guess that’s pretty accurate. What do you think?

At first glance, the darker skinned woman of color may think this color is far too intimidating for her brown skin, but it’s not. This lip conditioner is rather sheer but build-able at the same time. That means if you want to go subtle at work you can do that. If you are headed to Happy Hour later, you apply a little more and BAM….you’ve got a bright lip. Perfect!

How it looks on me?

Subtle. Just like how I like it for work. When I am running errands and want a little more “pop” I line my lips with my beloved MAC Nightmoth lip liner and I am good to go. And I wasn’t trying to be cute with the finger on my chin. I actually have a horrific pimple there and didn’t want to scare yall.

Popster is currently sold out on the MAC website. I’m not lying….see HERE. I know….”they trippin'” as I would say. Check your local MAC stores or counters to see if they are still available.

Have you ever tried MAC’s lip conditioners?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!


This Day in Black History:
1992John Singleton,the first African American director to
be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best
director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood.

The Honey Pot: Giveaway for Newbies!

Ready to stick your hand in the Honey Pot?

It’s time for another giveaway! This time it’s from our dear friend Garfield.

“B…who is Garfield?”

You know….this guy…

G-Field with his honey, HK.

Yep, I love him. I watched all of his shows growing up and adore lasagna just like him. And don’t even get me started on vegetarian style lasagna. OMG!!

But we digresss…look the the giveaway that Garfield is sponsoring…

Milani Glimmer Stripes in Berry Glimmer
Studio Tools large Shadow brush
Maybelline XXL Curl Power mascara
InColor FabuLiner liquid eye liner
NYC Liquid Lip Shine in Cherrywood

Not sure where he got this load of generosity from but we are grateful! I’m assuming that while I was away at work he peeked in my make-up stash, saw my favorite drugstore items and then purchased dupes!

To win these goodies, simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite childhood memory, toy or television show. It helps if they are more dramatic/silly than mine..

Be sure to include your email address.

…although imagining that a stuffed cat actually purchased make-up is REALLY out there. This giveaway is open to my international sisters (and brothers) so yall enter too! You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, February 24, 2009 to enter.

Hop to it!

Newsflash for nail polish obsessed Twitter users!

Thanks to my girl Katee over at E-Polish blog, I discovered that Zoya was on Twitter.

I was elated simply because I love Zoya and thought that by following them, I could stay abreast of the new collections and happenings over in the Zoya/Qtica world.

But following them is like following a slow walking old lady who is holding $10,000 in her hand with a sign on her head that says, “Take this money”.

I’m not even kidding. Zoya on Twitter has sales/specials exclusively for the people that follow them.

You see! Follow Zoya_NailPolish today to start a savin’.

Yall know I be lookin’ out for you. *wink*

Now back to your regularly scheduled posts

Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.


*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.