Hair Update: 3 Months…& giveaway!!

This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Remember when I cut off alllll of my hair? Oh yes, chicas, I did. Actually I did it once back in 2004 but my crazy self went and did it again. If you are new to Clumps of Mascara I’m sure you are used to my shorter hair but the truth is, the short fro is fairly new. 3 months ago I cut it off and due to requests, I have decided to do updates. Especially for those newly natural or transitioning ladies.

Here was the 1st Month Upate.

And here we are at 3 Months!

LENGTH at 2 Months

LENGTH at 3 Months

NEW PRODUCTS:
-Aveda’s Dry Remedy Treatment (eh…check the video for details).
-An amazing Poo Bar that Amina from Coup de Couer gave me.
-Ojon’s Revitalizing Mist.

REGIME: I co-wash once/twice a week with Trader’s Joe Conditioner. For moisture, I massage my scalp with a lavender, rosemary/cedar and olive oil blend. For daily “refreshing” I use my homemade blend of water, vegetable glycerin, lavender oil and conditioner. OR I use Oyin Handmade’s Juices and Berries.

OTHER: I still don’t use any combs, brushes or any other accessories. I do wear the occasional beanie or African head wrap AND always a satin night scarf to bed. I was going to re-color my hair again but I haven’t just yet.

I like my hair at this point. I liked it more at 2 months because I really could just get up and go but now I HAVE to actually run my fingers through it so it doesn’t look too messy. I have officially decided to loc my hair and am searching for a loctian in the Orlando area. Hopefully by next month I’ll be sporting beautiful locs and before I know it I will be a beautiful brown lady with a crown on my head like….

Just gorgeous. Click the link below to see the hair update: video version.

Since we’re talking about hair…guess we might as well have a giveaway!


That’s right..it’s time to stick your hand in the Honey Pot for your chance to win a Karmin Titanium Hair iron, a value of $99.99. All you have to do is submit your NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS to this post and I will use random.org to select a winner. You have until next Tuesday, December 9, 2008. International readers are eligible too!

In addition to the giveaway, MyHairStylingTools.com is also providing coupons just for Clumps of Mascara. Use these codes at checkout to save!

MASCARA25 – Good for $25 off any Karmin Titanium Hair straightener

&

MASCARA10- Good for $10 off any item on site

Is it the season for giving or what? Tell your friends, your cousins, Mama ‘n nem….tell everyone who you think would love a new ceramic flat iron in their life.

Good luck!

Stay beautiful,

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Mascara Monday: Giveaway winner & “You Pick”

Happy Monday!

*burp*

I am beyond stuffed with all kinds of delicious Thanksgiving food! I enjoyed spending time with friends and family members. How I managed to run a few miles on my trip is beyond me. BUT I will definitely be paying for the extra slice(s) of sweet potato pie. :)

Ahhh….never the mind. You only live once.

Last week Clumps of Mascara had a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara giveaway. This is Mascara Monday first, but I promise it won’t be the last…….my favorite Mary Kay beauty consultant Bridget Bridges has selected the winner and it is….

ShanSoPink!

Congratulations mama! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara with your mailing address so I can get your mascara off to you.

Didn’t win this time around? No problema….it’s the season for giving and I have a TON of giveaways in store….one (maybe two) coming up this week so stay tuned.

In the meantime,

Because of the holiday, I didn’t get around to testing/reviewing a mascara and wanted to get you all’s opinions on what mascara I should review next.



Next Mascara Monday by ClumpsOfMascara

These have been the top 4 requested and I’m leaving it up to my readers to decide what comes next! You can leave your comment in this post but please also use the poll to the left.

Have any love or hate for any of those mascaras? Do let me know!

Stay beautiful….and I can officially say it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Mascara Monday: Giveaway winner & "You Pick"

Happy Monday!

*burp*

I am beyond stuffed with all kinds of delicious Thanksgiving food! I enjoyed spending time with friends and family members. How I managed to run a few miles on my trip is beyond me. BUT I will definitely be paying for the extra slice(s) of sweet potato pie. :)

Ahhh….never the mind. You only live once.

Last week Clumps of Mascara had a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara giveaway. This is Mascara Monday first, but I promise it won’t be the last…….my favorite Mary Kay beauty consultant Bridget Bridges has selected the winner and it is….

ShanSoPink!

Congratulations mama! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara with your mailing address so I can get your mascara off to you.

Didn’t win this time around? No problema….it’s the season for giving and I have a TON of giveaways in store….one (maybe two) coming up this week so stay tuned.

In the meantime,

Because of the holiday, I didn’t get around to testing/reviewing a mascara and wanted to get you all’s opinions on what mascara I should review next.



Next Mascara Monday by ClumpsOfMascara

These have been the top 4 requested and I’m leaving it up to my readers to decide what comes next! You can leave your comment in this post but please also use the poll to the left.

Have any love or hate for any of those mascaras? Do let me know!

Stay beautiful….and I can officially say it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

FOTD Friday: Festive Thanksgiving Eyes

How funny/sad is this?

Awww, poor turk. The ex-vegetarian in me almost wants to drop a tear for this one. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is enjoying time with your friends and loved ones. This holiday has inspired me to do some festive Thanksgiving color-inspired eyes! I have been pretty neutral with my looks lately. Boooooring. I haven’t really been inspired with wanting to do bold looks. I find that neutral and softer looks are just easier and more appropriate. I felt like I should shake it up a bit and do something a little more fun.

I haven’t dabbled in my MAC shadows in quite awhile and I took out Coppering eyeshadow for old time’s sake. Coppering is beautiful “copper”-esque color that I find beautiful on the lids and as a cheek color.

Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Coppering (lid)
MAC A Little Folie (outer V)
MAC Handwritten (crease)
NARS Albatross Highlighter (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

CHEEKS:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
L’Oreal HIP Blending Blushing Creme in Blushing

LIPS:
Milani Cocomo Lipliner
MAC Astral lipstick
NYC clear gloss


Just havin’ some fun! See how my earrings don’t even match what I’m wearing? I love to keep things a little funky by doing something unaccepted with my accessories. Ha! Stay beautiful, fam..and continue having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday season!

Stay beautiful!


Don’t forget to dip your hand in the honey pot for a chance to win a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara…a mascara that I am sending high praises to! View this post for details……and of course I’ll ship to other countries! Contest ends on Monday, December 1.

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. I would LOOOOOVE to take this time to list allllll of the things that I’m thankful for, but unfortunately I have family in town and don’t have much time.

Just know that I love the Clumps of Mascara family, blog sisters, affiliates, supporters and readers to death!

This Thanksgiving isn’t as exciting as last years’ at the Macy’s Parade in NYC….


…but I don’t have any complaints. Posts will resume tomorrow.

Enjoy time with loved ones, family. Stay beautiful!

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Ruby Pumps

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.

If I could hail any nail polish as the “ultimate holiday color”, it would be China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps. I LOVE this color. It is a beautiful dark red but has bright red shimmer. It isn’t your traditional “red” nail polish as I find those to be pretty boring. If I’m going to wear red, I want it to have a little personality. This is it!

Ruby Pumps, however, does not like to be photographed. Just how different she looks with and flash and without flash.


To be honest both colors are OFF and don’t show the true beauty of this polish. I applied 3 coats and topped it off with Poshe fast trying nail polish. I used my Konad m36 for the ring finger.

Ruby Pumps-FLASH

Ruby Pumps-NO FLASH


this is probably the closest that
Ruby Pumps looks in real life.

My cuticles are havin’ some issues these days no matter how many times (at least 4) a day I moisturize them. :( No worries…they’ll be up to par sooner rather than later. You can purchase Ruby Pumps at your local Sally Beauty Supply store ($6.00) or at my favorite e-tailer: Head2ToeBeauty for only $2.99!

Until next time….stay beautiful..oh and any time you see the Honey Pot banner, that means Clumps of Mascara is having a giveaway!


Don’t forget to dip your hand in the honey pot for a chance to win a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara…a mascara that I am sending high praises to! View this post for details……and of course I’ll ship to other countries! Contest ends on Monday, December 1.

Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara and giveaway!

It’s Monday! Yes again. I know, I know. I’m groaning too. Only one thing can make dreadful Monday mornings a little better. If you said, “Payday!” I’m with you! So okay….there are TWO things that can make Monday mornings better. Yay to Mascara Mondays! I do my best to review and tell you about the most popular, unhead of, a bit pricey and mad cheap mascaras from all brands. I do not discriminate….only appreciate!

When it comes to mascaras I would have NEVER considered Mary Kay. Mary Kay for skincare? Absolutely. Mascaras? Not so much. Is there a reason why you don’t hear much about their mascaras or are they silent forces to be reckoned with? Hmmm….

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara



Price: 3 out of 5 ($16 from marykay.com or your favorite MK consultant) )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Uhhh, I didn’t see any claims so I guess my expectations shouldn’t be that high. LOL!”

The truth: A little pricey but this one may be a diamond in the rough!

What I loved about it: It doesn’t clump! Each time I wear this mascara, I can get up to 4 coats without getting a ANY clumps. That’s amazing!

What I didn’t like: I’m just a picky wand chick. I’m come to realize it. A wand can make or break a mascara in terms of application and I did have some challenges with this one.

The bristles aren’t defined enough for me. Definition=better control. Better control=better application. Better application=amazing lashes!

Overall: I don’t know why, but I am super shocked at how well this mascara performs. I mean….who have thunk! I am super impressed with how you can “build it up”. Most mascaras only allow a good 2 coats before it begins to clump. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. To find out that I didn’t get ANY clumps nor do I get that “too much mascara” look with Mary Kay’s Ultimate, well…I was just stunned. I went so far as to do a 4th coat and nope…still no clumps. Very impressive! I found this to be a great volumizing mascara and it’s pretty decent as far as lengthening goes too. It is your everyday mascara. This would be perfect for traveling as it doesn’t flake and lasts pretty much ALL day with easy removal. Go Mary Kay!! I know the “eye ball” pictures are a little scary but I just wanted to show the great volume and length the Ultimate gave me!

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



Would I recommend it: I would. Is it a must have? Hmm…I wouldn’t say that but it is a GOOD mascara from a company that many of us have grown to love over the years.

…..because I loved this mascara so much I decided to give one away! That’s right…one lucky reader will win Mary Kay Ultimate mascara by simply leaving a comment and telling me your favorite Mary Kay product AND your name and email address. You have until the next Mascara Monday (Mon, December 1) to get those entries in. Get to commenting…I want you to win!

….feeling a little better about Monday now? I certainly hope so! Stay beautiful.


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