Politically Pretty: Danyelle!

My inspiration was Donna Brazile, a beautiful African American politician who works on Democratic presidential campaigns and also commentates on CNN. You can always find her with flawless, healthy skin and an understated mauve lip.

What I used: (all MAC unless specified otherwise)

Studio Finish Concealer NC50
Studio Fix Fluid NC50
Deep Dark Blot Powder
Pressed Powder NC45

Bobbi Brown Mauve Blush
Embark e/s
Sweet as Cocoa Blush

Groundwork p/p
Bobbi Brwon Navajo
Bobbi Brown Vintage
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Mauve
Molasses e/pencil
Covergirl LASHBlast
Nightmoth l/l
Fluid lipstick
Bobbi Brown Mauve lip sheer

Brown and Blushin’ Series: NARS Dolce Vita

Fine. I’ll admit it. I really don’t need to purchase any more blushes. You hear that, Ma?

But a girl has to spoil herself every now and then. I absolutely love NARS; especially their blushes. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, build-able…..truly the elite of blushes in my opinion.

Check out one of NARS newest blushes:

Dolce Vita
(I’m sorry, but who else likes that name?
I’m naming my first daughter that? LOL! j/k)

As a matte, NARS describes this lovely color as a “dusty rose”. After only one swatch it gives me such a beautiful “tint”.
And of course I pulled out my favorite MAC brush; Miss. 187.

(Why did it take me 28 years to take this picture
so that I ended up in the mirror. HA!)

It’s fabulouso, chicas! But wait–don’t spaz out if aren’t ready to splurge $25 on a blush. L’Oreal HIP has these darling Blendable Creme blushes. I found that Dolce Vita is almost identical to Blushing.

I would say that Blushing is a tad bit darker but a great deal if you can catch L’Oreal HIP on a BOGO sale at your nearest drug store.

Looooves it! What is your favorite blush at the moment? Any ones you got your eyes on? Tell me, mon!

Politically Pretty Participants

Our updated participants list. The following ladies will post political-inspired looks this upcoming Friday!

Floridians: the deadline to register to vote is October 6, 2008!

Tomorrow Joe Biden and Sarah Palin have their first debate at 9 p.m. on all major networks. Watch history with me and the rest of my Twitter fam. We will kick off our un-official Twitter debate party online at Twitter. Join us and rep for your candidate! We had a ball last week!!

(photo credit)

Sista Show Off: One3Snapshot!

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Check out…

an Arts & Graphic Collective

One3Snapshot! says, “
We are a collective of artists comprised mainly of women dedicated to promoting art and culture by creating art, apparel & events. We started out making screen printed tee shirts and we have now gradually expanded into making original one of a kind hand-painted apparel, and hand-made accessories. We have been and continue to consult with individuals and groups on cultural and artistic endeavors, and we teach (for free or cheap) any skills or knowledge that we have to anyone interested, especially youth.

Man oh man, I love stuff like this! Hand-printed apparel? I wish I could be THAT fly! Check out some of the fab pieces….

Are you swooning yet? Seriously peeps, in another life I would be a fashion designer creating eye-catching pieces for the world to see! Oh wait….maybe that’s you now. Or perhaps you are lookin’ for some designers that have created pieces that may fit your style. Either way, stroll on over to One3Snapshot! to see what they have in store. It’s okay to have a little personality in your everyday wear, chica. I love cardigans like the next 3rd grade teacher but a graphic tee is a must in every wardrobe!

Do you own any graphic tees? Or have you done some graphic designing? Tell me!!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Extensions

Happy Monday, friends!!! I am so excited about this mascara. I almost cracked my teeth in Target trying to do a backflip in excitement. I am a huuuge fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. The XXL Curl Power and Colossal Volum’Express are two of my favorite mascaras ever! Wondering if XXL Extensions is just as good? Better? A “hope I saved the receipt” buy? Check out the review below….

Maybelline XXL Extensions

Price: 5 out of 5 (about $6)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: This mascara says that Step 1 will uncross unruly lashes and lock them into place and that step 2 will extend and lengthen lashes beyond belief.

The truth: It couldn’t be more right! It did all of that beyond my expectations!

What I loved about it: If you aren’t used to Maybeline’s XXL-type mascaras than getting used to the dual sided wand may take some time. For me, I love it! Step 1 (the primer) is white and a small coat of it will prep your lashes up beautifully. And YES! This wand and formula actually “uncrossed” my lashes.

Step 1:

Step 2:

What I didn’t like: I can’t say anything negative about this mascara. I am truly in love!

Overall: I love love loooove this mascara. I initally thought that it would resemble Imju Fiberwig since it had “XX-Trem Length Microfiber” on the packaging. I thought that I would get those fiber-esque pieces attaching on to my lashes but that really isn’t the case. Which is fine with me, of course. I will, however, mention that you aren’t going to get a TON of curl from this mascara. In the video I explain how you can maximize the curl effect while getting the crazy length XXL Extensions give you.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely. This is probably one of the best if not THE BEST lengethning mascaras that I have ever come across. Maybelline, does it again!!! But uh—don’t go bother trying to find it on the website. I guess Maybelline is on CP time when it comes to updating their website. Haaa!!

And uh don’t be a silly duck like me and forget to peel off the $2-off coupon:

I so should have known better. LOL!

Click the link below to visit the video review:

Maybelline XXL Extensions

….and I wanted to get your thoughts on Mascara Mondays. Should I continue to do VIDEO reviews, stick with PICTURES or both? If you love me you won’t say both. LOL, I’m kidding (kinda). I want the mascara review posts to be effective and helpful to ALL and in order to do that I want to know what works best for you lovely readers. You can let me know what you think by the poll or by simply responding to this post here.

And don’t forget to enter my Blogger template giveaway courtesy of Divalicious Designs. The deadline is this upcoming Friday!

Shoot me your mascara requests at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Have a wonderful Monday, beautiful people!

FOTD Friday: Work-safe Pop!

Happy Friday, lovelies! This FOTD is also a step-by-step quick tutorial for those of us that have to get up at the crack of dawn to head to work. With my new “waking up at 5:30 a.m. to head to gym” schedule, I reaaaally can’t afford to spend more than 10 minutes on my face. Granted I don’t do more than a little shadow, liner and cheek action anyway, but now that my time is REALLY limited, I have to be polished but sporting a look that is work-safe as well.

But fiiiiirst, let me tell you what I used:

Cargo Medium Bronzer
NYX Sapphire Eye Pencil (waterline)
MAC Rave Pearlglide Eyeliner
Maybelline XXL Exensions mascara (OMG, seriously the BEST mascara EVEEEER!)

L’Oreal HIP blendable blushing creme in Blushing

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss

A look like this is great for me because it is quick but gives me a nice POP of color that is work-appropriate. This is great for anyone!

First I applied NYX eyeliner on the waterline. This navy blue is beautiful and is subtle but still pretty noticeable up close. Now whether it will stay on all day is another story.

Using a regular eye shadow brush (how I love Target’s Studio Tools brushes) I scooped up just a bit of Cargo’s bronzer. Yes! Try a bronzer as a lid color. I actually use this one alllll the time. Thanks Amina!

What’s great about this bronzer is that it moves around on the lid beautifully so working it up above the crease is easy. I find that it blends well enough on my complexion that I don’t even need a crease color. Not that I’d have the time to add one anyway. So I use a fluffy brush and blend it up.

Next, I added MAC’s Rave Pearlglide Liner in Rave. These pretty pencils came out in one of MAC’s newest collections, Suite Array. They are smooth and pigmented and have just enough sparkle to give the lids a little pop. I kinda want another one of the pencils; Bankroll. But spending $14.50 on a liner is a tad bit ludicrous. I can do it once, but twice? Yes, I’m frugal and ain’t shame! Haaaa, we digress….

And to give the eyes even more POW, I used a lengthening mascara i.e. the best mascara EVER!!! And I’m not exagerrating. Maybelline’s newest is wonderfuuuuul. Check out the review for the next Mascara Monday.

….and the final look!

…I’m not wearing blush in these pictures. In fact I don’t have anything on the face at all. And for whatever reason I having a mild breakout. Yikes!

…me and my BFF!

Okay peoples, so what do you think? Do you have any quick work-safe looks? Tell me about ‘em! And have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Election Day Pride on the Nails

The following blogs will be participating in our Beauty Challenge:

Yesss!! I am so excited to see so many fellow beauty bloggers joining in and participating in our 2nd Beauty Challenge. It is not too late to register (lol at register…like it’s a conference or something). Post a link to the post staying that you want to participate and Yummy411 and I will add you to the list!

Once again, the rules are simple:

1. Create a political-esqe FOTD (face of the day) that represents voting rights, a party of your choice, democracy or just the political times…

2. Post this look on your blog on Friday, October 3!!

3. Tell us the inspiration behind your look and the products you used. Don’t forget to display the links of the participating bloggers in your post.

Are you excited yet? I know I aaaam! I still haven’t even thought about what I am going to do. Non-bloggers/blog hoppers, you people are in for quite a treat. And I like assume that most of us are but if you or someone you love isn’t please….

A friend and I were talking about a “patriotic nail look” that she wanted to create to rock to the polls on Election Day. I just love how this election has igniting a spark in the younger generation. While I stay glued to the happenings of BOTH campaigns (*looks around*) I can’t help but merge politics with beauty. Why not? We got to thinking about our favorite reds, white and blues. Check out my favorites that made the cut!

RED: Essie Turning Heads Red
WHITE: OPI Fit For a Queen’s Island
BLUE: Misa A Sin Worth Committing

Essie Turning Heads Red

Aside from Essie being my #1 polish of choice in terms of performance, I just loooove this fire engine red. Can you believe that this was only one coat? I remember not being able to wear red polish as a little girl (okayyy, I know I wasn’t the only one) but this polish just screams “Sexy Lady”!!

OPI Fit For a Queen’s Island

When most of us think of white polishes we usually think of the white tips on French manicures. I’ve actually rocked that kind of white on my nails before and it’s just a tad bit harsh. Fit For a Queen’s Island provides a beautiful opalescent finish with pink undertones. The downside? It is extremely streaking but after 3 coats you are able to achieve a gorgeous and elegant look.

Misa A Sin Worth Committing

I can’t say enough about this beautiful navy blue. With just a tinge of shimmer it provides an intense blue look with just one stroke. The finish is amazing and actually “looks blue”. I get so annoyed when dark polishes in colors other than black still end up looking black. I own at least 7 blues and this is my absolute favorite! In fact, I am really impressed with the brand Misa altogether. I will definitely be order 1 or 2….or 12 more polishes from them. Thanks to my site!

What are your favorite political polishes? Got a favorite red? A craaazy white? Or an out of this world blue? Tell me!! Where are all of my nail polish obsessed people at?

Sista Show Off: Divalicious Designs & giveaway

Welcome to the first installment of the re-named series: Sista Show-Off! This series is where I interview and/or feature women of color doin’ their thang in all areas!! “But Brit…that ain’t beauty!” Are you kidding me? Being inspired by women everywhere is a beautiful thing! Know of someone who would like to be featured on Clumps of Mascara’s Sista Show-Off….shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I am proud to show-off not only an impeccable web designer but wonderful workin’ lady who I can call a friend, as well. Candice is not only responsible for that beautiful banner you see and my new menu bar, but also the complete make-over of my personal blog. Her work is unique and she is fast and professional. Professionalism is a big deal to me and my girl delivers all the way. I could talk about how fab she is all day but let me drop you the little chit-chat session we have so you can learn more about her and Divalicious Designs.

Tell us a little bit about how Divalicious Designs was born?

Well, I would say about 2 years ago, I started making my own blogger templates. I felt that the ones that were available at the time didn’t represent me. They were nice and all but, just not my style. Girly yet sophisticated. Then when I did find some that I felt were, they were ridiculously priced. So since I have a computer programming background from being in the Air Force I decided to make my own and was I was very happy with it. After that an online girlfriend of mine saw it, and loved it, and wanted me to make a template for her site as well. I really enjoyed the whole process of making templates. So I first decided to make ones for free to see if people would actually be interested in downloading any of my free templates. I put them on one of my other blog sites.

After I saw that people were interested. I made a site completely dedicated to free blogger templates. And that was fun. So after a while, I decided I was ready to start selling some. I really love designing templates. And I figured why not have this as a way to supplement my husbands income. I am a SAHM, and I was spending up my honey’s money so I could do my hobby. I really felt bad about that, plus I saw so many beautiful illustrations at stock photography sites, that I just had to use. And I can’t give those for free even if I wanted to because I’d be cutting into someone else’s way of living. So I decided to go ahead and make a go for it. And poof Divalicious Designs was born! I try to be as versatile as possible, and I also try to focus on making some templates for the brown sisters as well, because I noticed there weren’t that many out there.

Your templates are just amazing! I am proud to endorse you and I know that fellow bloggers who have worked with you would say the same thing. What are your goals for Divalicious Designs?

Thank you so much, that really means a lot to me. I do this because I love to do it and that just helps me along. I do hope to one day branch out into doing full websites, and also WordPress themes. That would be a big step and right now, I just don’t have the time to do that. I need to wait till my babies are older. Plus I wanted to go back to school for web/graphic designing so I can be proficient in what I do. And so I can also provide web support when a customer has a problem, if need be.

What advice would you give to ladies who are trying to “get out there” in terms of web/template design?

First be patient, everyone is not gonna come running to you for your designs. You need to first build a repertoire of HAPPY customers. Most people are are gonna be afraid to try you if you don’t have some sort of background with people. Secondly don’t be stingy go ahead and do some projects for free. If they have good traffic they will be helping you as much as you are helping them. This is also a good way to build your portfolio. And be honest give credit where it due. I try to always give credit to where I get my resources from, and not try and pass them off as my own.

What has been the biggest reward so far in your venture?

I just LOVE to read (LOL) the joy in the customers email when they say how happy they are and how much they love the design. All the positive reviews and comments that I’ve gotten from the customers make me SOOOO happy. I have all my customers in my favorites, in a special folder. And I just love to go back by and see the site, and how they are doing, and to see the positive feedback from their readers on their new design, is just icing on the cake.

What are some of your other hobbies?

OH goodness, where do I start.I also make matching Proboard and Myspace Templates (if the customer requests). I play the piano and make urban gospel music with my hubby. I have another site, HipehopeUrbanGospelSpot. Where me and my husband showcase Holy Hip Hop among other types of Urban Gospel. And we put together a free music podcast. I also have another site, dedicated to brown mama’s but I ain’t gonna tell you that site info, because I been neglecting it, LOL.

And because we are beauty obsessed folks around here, tell us your favorite beauty product!

Hon I don’t know where to start! I LOVE mascara and eyeshadow and blush and lip gloss. Can’t live without it! As far as brands I haven’t been able to go and get the top notch of everything but I love Iman for foundation. Right now since I am on a budget,I am a AVON girl when it comes to mascara. When I curl it, it stays, nuff said, LOL.I’ve just recently been hipped to the Black Beauty Blogs so I will be making the rounds as far as what’s best for us, because I am totally clueless and have wasted so much money on stuff that didn’t ‘work’ for ME. So I guess I can say now because of that I am stuck in a rut, scared to try anything new basically…

I can’t thank Candice enough allowing me to interview her and working with me! For all of your blogging needs, shoot her an email her at DivaliciousDesigns@gmail.com. And tell her Brittany from Clumps of Mascara sent you! I want to give one lucky blogger one of the templates from Divalicious Designs! The Package Includes: Header, Customized Title & Description, Background, Sidebar Background, RSS feed icon and Menu. Wowsers!

…..and all you have to do is visit her template page and come back and tell me which one you like best! Candice and I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, October 3, 2008! Good luck all!!!