FOTD Friday: Playing with bright colors

More like “eye of the day”. And I really mean only ONE eye. HA! A friend of mine asked me about doing a “tropical” eye. She was convinced that darker skinned folx could not pull off wearing multiple BRIGHT colors on their lids. Aside from giving me some ideas for the “But Black Women Can’t” series, she also inspired me to play around in pigments. So here is what I came up with.

BASE:
UDPP
….if I were going to wear this OUTSIDE of the house, I probably would have applied another base like a MAC Paint or Paintpot….just for extra protection against creasing.

LID COLORS:
<--red--> NARS Emmanuel and MAC’s Mi’Lady (the red part, of course)
<--orange--> MAC Firespot and MAC Off the Radar pigment
<--yellow--> MAC Bright Sunshine and MAC Golden Lemon pigment
<--green--> Milani green and MAC Humid

…funky brows. Has it been 2 weeks yet?




A ton of colors, uh? I found that applying an eyeshadow and THEN a pigment gave me greater color payoff. I blended like mad with MAC Vanilla pigment. Because it has yellow undertones, it blended like a dream with my red, orange and yellow…which also had yellow undertones. Vanilla pigment is seriously the best product of my life!!!

I too was afraid of color because I thought it would make me look “clown-ish”, but I think the trick is how far UP you take your eyeshadow. My eyeshadow neeeever goes up beyond my crease. Except, of course my highlight. I keep all of the “lid” colors right on the lid. But I have have a weird eye shape in that I have a loooot of space between my lower lashline and lid so this is what works for me.

Find what works for you too and you won’t have to worry about looking Bobo.

*red nose honk hoooonk*

Love you, beautiful people. Have a wonderful Fridayyyyy!!

Sista Sites Series: F-Blogs and Mascara Monday “you decide”.

Sista Sites


My Sista Sites are one of those series that I tend to forget about. Opps….. But I promise to do a better job. I just checked out my Google Reader subscriptions and realized that I am subscribed to 75 blogs or websites!! That’s a lot. Obviously those blogs interest me in some way so what better way to show them how much I love them than by tootin’….uhhh…their horn.

Yeah.

This edition of Sista Sites showcase blogs that begin with the letter “F”.
Random, I know…

  • Fab Vixen: This lovely lady from Memphis incorporates many different elements of her blog, which I love! One minute she’s talking about money management and the next….fab summer dresses. Either way, I’m tuning in!
  • Facepaint 101: The author of this blog defines beautiful. Seriously. Suzie C’s skin is just absolutely divine, as are her make-up skills. She also happens to find the best NYX products. *pouts* No faiiiir.
  • Fashion Devotee: I have never met someone so more obsessed with fashion than my friend, Ari. Gotta admit…chick is pretty fly. And doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m not matching. She has bits and pieces of that fabulousness that she showcases on her blog. Not to mention…she is a wonderful friend! Love you, sis!
  • Forty is the New 20: Mrs. PBW is like that Aunt who’s house you visit and never want to leave. And she won’t make you feel bad about it either. I love the reviews of beauty products she gives us. And her honesty is refreshing. I feel all special anytime I see a comment from her; she’s a published author, yall!

I’ve got at least 8 mascara reviews comin’ up. But these have been the top 2 requested babies. I’ve decided to override the make-up probation (just this once, I’ve been good, Lady PO) and start testing them out. Which should I review first?

THIS ONE:


OR THIS ONE:


YOU DECIDE!

The Above Painting is one of my favorites. The piece is called “Rhythm” by Keith Mallett.

[image source: www.itsablackthang.com]

Sista Sites Series: F-Blogs and Mascara Monday "you decide".

Sista Sites


My Sista Sites are one of those series that I tend to forget about. Opps….. But I promise to do a better job. I just checked out my Google Reader subscriptions and realized that I am subscribed to 75 blogs or websites!! That’s a lot. Obviously those blogs interest me in some way so what better way to show them how much I love them than by tootin’….uhhh…their horn.

Yeah.

This edition of Sista Sites showcase blogs that begin with the letter “F”.
Random, I know…

  • Fab Vixen: This lovely lady from Memphis incorporates many different elements of her blog, which I love! One minute she’s talking about money management and the next….fab summer dresses. Either way, I’m tuning in!
  • Facepaint 101: The author of this blog defines beautiful. Seriously. Suzie C’s skin is just absolutely divine, as are her make-up skills. She also happens to find the best NYX products. *pouts* No faiiiir.
  • Fashion Devotee: I have never met someone so more obsessed with fashion than my friend, Ari. Gotta admit…chick is pretty fly. And doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m not matching. She has bits and pieces of that fabulousness that she showcases on her blog. Not to mention…she is a wonderful friend! Love you, sis!
  • Forty is the New 20: Mrs. PBW is like that Aunt who’s house you visit and never want to leave. And she won’t make you feel bad about it either. I love the reviews of beauty products she gives us. And her honesty is refreshing. I feel all special anytime I see a comment from her; she’s a published author, yall!

I’ve got at least 8 mascara reviews comin’ up. But these have been the top 2 requested babies. I’ve decided to override the make-up probation (just this once, I’ve been good, Lady PO) and start testing them out. Which should I review first?

THIS ONE:


OR THIS ONE:


YOU DECIDE!

The Above Painting is one of my favorites. The piece is called “Rhythm” by Keith Mallett.

[image source: www.itsablackthang.com]

Cool Heat ain’t hot…

I’ve been silent on the newest MAC Collection Cool Heat.

Why? Honestly…I’m not impressed. From the moment I saw the promo pictures I thought that every single eyeshadow color was dupe-able. I haven’t even gone to my MAC Pro to see it in person. I just knew I could create a Cool Heat look without…Cool Heat. So check it:

Here’s the palette I used.

These are the only blue/turquoise colors I own. I mean….how many does a gal need?

Here’s a little diagram to show where I placed the colors.

I used UDPP as a base. I found that using a colored primer (I tried Delft paint pot and a L’Oreal HIP creme liner) made the colors pop TOO much. Because these eyeshadow colors are so highly pigmented and blendable, I found that there was no need for colored bases.

I also used:
Vanilla pigment as a highlight
Clinique purple liner on waterline
Milani liquid liner on lower lash line
SpinLash mascara

LIPS:
Urgent Slimshine (thanks Nywele!)

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Bobbi Brown Brownie Shimmerbrick
(I seriously don’t see myself ever wearing foundation again. Is that bad? Heheheee….)



LOL, my flared nostrils. Cracks me up. I am really satisfied with passing on everything in the Cool Heat collection. However, if you are new to make-up or blues in general, this may be the perfect collection for you! I would love to hear your thoughts on this collection. And my look. Is there something I MUST take a look at? Whatcha thank?

Ciao chicas! Stay beautiful!

Mascara Monday: SpinLash

Another Monday means another another post from the Mascara Monday series. But first…look around! I added an “About Me” link and a search button to the site. It’s pretty accurate so play around with it when you get a chance. Beauty bloggers all over have been reviewing SpinLash. I honestly don’t know what they’re saying. Didn’t want anyone to taint my views but I’ll tell you one thing…when I received this product in the mail, I was excited!! Was it worth the hype?

Price: 2 out of 4 ($15)
Packaging (Brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it Claims: “…….first mascara to solve the clumping problem through its innovative, patent pending rotating brush that responds to your touch. “

The truth: Ohmigoodness….it really does spin!

What I loved about it: I was first concerned at how difficult it would be to hold, but nope, it wasn’t as bulky as that CoverGirl Lash Blast. I liked how it separated my lashes but didn’t make me feel like I was undergoing some kind of eyelash surgery.

What I didn’t like: I don’t think that there was a particular aspect about it that I didn’t like.

Overall: Not bad. It’s a bit on the expensive side, (kinda makes sense, it is battery operated) but it actually does what it says it is going to do. It doesn’t tickle or make me feel uncomfortable which was a concern of mine. It does a wonderful job at separating the lashes and making them look fuller. I didn’t use the mascara that was provided. I actually used Dior’s Blackout (giving it another try) and liked the results that I got when I used the Spinlash. Because I have funky lashes, I would probably use this a lot more than the average person. You can get them at your local Target stores for $15.00

So what do you think? Interested in trying Spinlash or would you prefer to stick with the traditional mascara wand? Send your suggestions for Mascara Monday to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

….as a matter of fact, stay tuned: I’ll be giving away a free SpinLash or two. Happy Monday and here’s to a wonderful week!

[image source: www.spinlash.com]

BrownSkin.net

If you’ve been around the Clumps of Mascara scene for awhile, you’ve been there with me throughout my skin issues. From when I was living in Los Angeles and having crazy skin breakouts like here to when I even went as far as purchasing acne treatment kits like here. Truth is my skin is extremely important to me. Take away every beauty product that I own and I may weep. But curse me with acne prone skin for the rest of my life and I’m tip toe-ing to the edge of the “W” of the Hollywood sign.

I don’t spend a lot of time playing in eye shadows as much because my focus now (besides my obsession with blushes) is a good skin regime. BrownSkin.net has reallllly been helping me out. This website caters to those of African, Latino, Asian and Indian ancestry. It’s really all that I can ask for when it comes to skincare. I mean, who knows our skin better than we do? At the site, you will get an abundance of tips. It’s been my Saturday read for weeks to come now.

Dr. Susan Taylor has actually created a skincare line for US. I spotted some of the products in NYC’s Sephora in Time Square when I went visiting a few months ago. My sister copped a moisturizer from the Bright & Even line and has been raving about it. Dr. Taylor even has a book that covers all things skin, hair and nails for women of color.

What’s your take on BrownSkin.net? Are you okay with the products you are currently using? More importantly, if you are a woman of color…..what’s the biggest concern/issue you’ve dealt with regarding skincare? Or maybe you feel as if skincare products cater to everyone. I want to hear it alllll.

Stay beautiful!

[image source: rxforbrownskin.com]

Today’s the day!!!

I can’t say how proud I am of this blog. The support, the love, the interaction, the success….it has all been overwhelming and came out of nowhere! Seriously, I started this blog just to merely showcase my horrific make-up skills. I would have never thought that it would turn into all of this. I am elated.

And I have to thank you readers, the most. A blog is NOTHING without supporters. I still think it’s crazy that people care about what I say or feel so inclined to comment on my pictures. My induction into two wonderful Beauty networks has made my pride for this site just go up!

….now before I start with the cyber-tears, let’s review Clumps of Mascara’s top 5 moments.

  • The Parrot Eye: This look started my obsession with bright colored make-up. I didn’t really start toning it down until months later. I spent HOURS blending to achieve the perfect parrot eye.
  • Face Art: Living in LA had crazy inspiration. I spent a ton of time playing around with Face Art. Especially after MAC debuted those crazy hot Halloween face charts.
  • The Tragedy: Ahhh, the infamous brow incident. This experience had me coverin’ my brows for at least a month straight. I wasn’t even inspired to do much make-up because I didn’t even like looking at my face because of those frightful brows. Dramatic, I know.
  • The post that put Clumps of Mascara on the beauty map: This one gave the blog so much fame and fanfare that I felt like a online celebrity for at least 2 weeks. Bringing in 51 comments and being featured on big name beauty sites made me realize how far I wanted to take Clumps of Mascara.
  • It’s Official-The introduction to Clumps of Mascara–the dot-com site. This post is what started the series, networking with you other beauty bloggers and all of those creative features that make Clumps all unique ‘n stuff.

So yeah….check out those special moments. If you’re up for some good laughs check out some of the first few FOTDs that I did. Boy, did I come a loooong way. And you, my faithful readers have been there for the ride.

Hang on as we make Clumps of Mascara a revolution!!!

Oh….and what a wonderful anniversary gift! Toya from Life of a Ladybug has featured me as Beauty Blogger of Color. Check me out here!

[picture source: mysketch.com]

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Mineral Concepts Blush


Brown & Blushin’ time! And for this post, I just had to highlight not only a brand of make-up that I’m using but a different kind of blush.

ta daaaa….mineral blush!

First of all, mad love to Carol Jenne over at Mineral Concepts who is supportin’ a girl’s venture into not only mineral make-up but blushes too. After hearing wonderful things about this company, I just had to give it a whirl.

So check out Rosy Raisin.

The velvety smooth texture is to die for. And then when you come back to life, you will be in awe of the amazing color payoff which….uh, lasts all day on my primer-less and foundation-less skin in humid Central Florida.

Here’s a swatch..


And check it out on the cheek.


And I didn’t stop there with just the blush. I also dapped some of the color on my eyes…

I added some Black matte eyeshadow (MAC’s Carbon) to smoke it out a bit.

And theeeen I put on some clear lip gloss and put some color on the lippies too!

Ehhh, a little too dark for my liking but I think it’s amazing that I did a full face of make-up with only 4 products:

-Mineral Concepts Rosy Raisin blush
-MAC Carbon e/s
-NYC clear gloss
-Maybelline Black eyeliner

I’m happy about it and can’t wait to showcase some more mineral blushes for yall. Anyone else dapple in mineral blushes? Shoot me some of your favorites and recs!

For this posts’ Brown & Blushin’ beauty we have my girl Ari over at Fashion Devotee rockin’ MAC’s Full Fuchsia blush.


Hot pink blush is beautiful on for an after dark glam look. My sister is rockin’ it! Keep sendin’ me your submissions to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Stay beautiful!