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!

Mascara Monday: Sephora Lash Plumper

Grrr, yessss….yall know how I feel about Mondays. I’m hopin’ that my girl Kia from Yummy411 had a wonderful birthday on Saturday!!!! The only joy I get from Mondays is sharing a new mascara review with you wonderful people. Yall know I can’t keep up with reviewing a great deal of beauty products but one thing I don’t mind reviewing is mascaraaaaa. Especially the ones that say they can work magic. So how did Sephora’s Lash Plumper do?

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Sephora’s Lash Plumper

Price: 1 out of 5 ($16….dang!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall:
1 out of 5


What it claims:Fatten your flutter with this lash-plumping formula. The larger brush, with slightly tapered edges, reaches from root to tip, for truly bat-worthy volume and glamour.”

The truth: This is a joke, right?


What I loved about it: The fact that I received it in sample size for free.

What I didn’t like: The product.

Overall: Boo and double boo. What just happened? ….absolutely NOTHING and that was the problem with this mascara. As a volumizing mascara, I expected clump-less coated lashes. I, in return, got….nothing. Not happy with that. Boo again.

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Better yet….tell me the WORST mascara that you’ve ever used. If you’ve sent me an email requesting a particular mascara to review, I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a looong list. Keep sendin’ me reviews at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Stay beautiful!






[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

New Series and Neo Sci-Fi Electro

I’m totally excited about this new series. And I’m going to have to discuss some issues I’ve already covered. Just for the sake of the series.

And yall know I can’t do this alone so I’m going to need reader submissions, pictures and suggestions.

Check this out.

How are yall diggin’ my funky border? I kinda like it. The purpose of this series to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch….it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!!

Oh…got a bit excited.

First series post..

But Black Women Can’t…..wear orange lipstick.


As my boy Martin Lawrence would say, “Somebody dun told you wrong.”

I promised myself that I would re-visit Electro from the Neo Sci-Fi collection. I tried it on in the store and wanted to scream. My BFF make-up artist swore up and down that I looked beautiful and I know he wouldn’t lie but I wasn’t convinced. Still, I took that and Pink Grapefruit lip glass home to play around with in my own lighting.

(Is it me or does MAC’s lighting make you feel like a superstar and then you get home to your own bathroom and feel like an Ugly Betty. What kind of bulbs do they have?)

I’m going to keep it real with yall, so get ready for some laughs. I know I was doubled over in tears when I saw this.

Electro with 3 coats.

And I ain’t showin’ yall the full face because it’s awful!

I’m thinkin’ we as Black women (well us darker Black women) CAN wear this orange lipstick. But sheer. Check it with one coat.

See, not as scary.

And when topped off with Pink Grapefruit Lipglass….well, it’s just perfect for summer.

What do you think about us rockin’ orange lipstick? Send all of your suggestions for the But Black Women Can’t series to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Wanna do a collaborative post? You know I’m down! And as always….send me your pics of you defying those myths!

Happy Friday!!!!

Mascara Monday: MAC Zoom Lash

Happy Monday, gorgeous people! You know that the only thing good about Mondays are Mascara Mondays! You know I’m still trying to find the BEST mascara ever.

If it exists.

And lemme tell you…Maybelline XXL Curl Power is my current LG. Love it!

This time around I reviewed MAC’s Zoom Lash Mascara. Did it really give me zOoOoOm?

You ready to find out?

MAC’s Zoomlash

Price: 3 out of 4 ($11)
Packaging (Brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it Claims: “This instant volume mascara power-lifts the lashes into length, curls them up…builds them faster than you can wink! Precision control wand glides smoothly down lashes to provide a gorgeously silky upward “sweep”. Smudgeproof and long-wearing!”

The truth: Seriously….it does give you some “ZOOM!”

What I loved about it: What I love most about Zoom Lash is the wand. I adore wands that are smaller in size with nice defined bristles.

What I didn’t like: It made my lashes a bit too wispy. And it is flaky. Yuck!

Overall: One of the better MAC mascaras, in my opinion. Zoom Lash works for me simply because it really gives my lashes a “wave” that I would not otherwise have. I also love that it is long lasting and doesn’t loose its lift throughout the day. I can certainly do without the flakiness, though. And I think I need to mention that this mascara makes your lashes a bit stiff. I personally like this feature because a lot of mascaras either weigh down my lashes or don’t give them enough lift. I can dig it!

Have you tried with mascara? What do you think? Or tell me what you think about MAC’s mascaras in general. Send your suggestions for Mascara Monday to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.


[image courtesy: maccosmetics.com]


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Brown and Blushin’ Series: Berry/Plum Swatches


Yaaaaay, time for another edition of Brown & Blushin’.

*keys theme music*

A lot of you gals were interested in berry/plum blushes. I’m not even going to sit here and front like I own such. I’m a total newb when it comes to those colors. So what did I have to do? Hit up my sis, Jessica from paix all around. She has provided us with some gorgeous blush shots and even swatched them. I know she can’t wait to show us the FOTDs either, uh? Hehehe….love you Jess.

The colors are as follows (they are all from MAC):
(l-r) Ambering Rose, Breezy, Lovecrush (discontinued), Fever, Frame (discontinued), Flirt & Tease

Feenin’ yet?

Wait…

Yall remember that song?

Oh my fault….had a New Jack swing moment. Let the show continue.


Beautiful, uh? I am definitely diggin’ that Lovecrush. And of course. It would be discontinued. No worries….I’m on my mission to find a beautiful berry blush for my brown skin. Say THAT 10x fast. So uhhh….I’m pretty much in love with berry blushes for now. What you gals say? Any recs?

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty…we have the lovely Danyelle rockin’ the MAC’s Breezy Blush. My girl is all shy about having me post her pictures and I don’t know why because she is gorgeous!!


CHEEKS:
Breezy- sheertone shimmer blush MAC; brush from CVS by Essence of Beauty
MSF Light Flush MAC

Killer brows, uh? And her skin IS that pretty in person. Chiiiile, I’m gon get there one day.
Don’t forget…..you can send your blush photos and submissions to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. And thanks to all of you beauty bloggers for their contributions to this series. It has definitely been a collaborative effort and you gals have been so wonderful at supporting me. *tear* Love yall!

Stay beautiful loves!

 

[image courtesy: amazon.com]

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!