Brown and Blushin’ Series: Types of Blushes


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Welcome to another post of the Brown & Blushin’ series. I am excited to see many of you involved in sending me your pictures, requests and proclaiming your love for all things blush! Remember, you can send me pictures of you wearing your favorite blush at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. If your blog has posts about blush for women of color and you’d like me to link you, I am more than willing to do so. Hit me up!

This post is about the different types of blushes out on the market. I know you didn’t think that powder was the only kind. Come on, girlfriend…get with the program. But since you are so in hip with the powder blush, I guess we’ll start there.

The most traditional form of blush, powder, is great for for all skin types, but especially oily/combination skin.

Plus, it’s the most dense of all blushes which means it will give you long lasting color. I absolutely adore powder blushes (well shoot, it’s the only kind of blush I’ve ever used) because I find that if you apply too much, you can always “take a step back”. How? By dusting a bit of translucent face powder or bronzer on your cheeks. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

My favorite powder blush? NARS Cosmetics make the BEST blushes ever. But for a beauty on a budget, I recommend Milani.

Gel Blushes

Ohh la laaa….I am swooning over Tarte’s Cheekstains. How beautiful are they? They have won awards as “the best blush” from Cosmo, InStyle and Self magazines. I hear that the color payoff is intense and long lasting and get this….many of them are water resistant. Now that’s hot for Floridian beauties who like to jump in a pool at a moment’s notice. And since the cheekstains are oil-free, you don’t have to worry about getting that oily face look. That also means that they won’t be clogging your pores. Definitely adding this to my long list of “beauty products to cop”.

Cream Blushes

One of the products that I was always afraid to try when I first got into MAC Cosmetics was their cream blushes. Now that I have this slight obsession with blushes, in general, I think that I may give them a try sooner rather than later. Cream blushes usually offer more color than powder blushes but since the color pay off is so rich, it takes a bit more effort to blend in. The great thing about cream blushes is that they are ideal for those of us with drier skin. They are a bit more emollient and therefore provide more moisture than powder blushes. This would be perfect for the winter months. I don’t wear foundation but if I did, I would imagine that a cream blush would be absolutely divine for a nice evening look.

Bronzers

Let’s have a moment of silence for the fabulousness that is bronzers. If you’ve been a reader of Clumps of Mascara for awhile, you know how much I Iove Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. When I tell you this product is love at first swipe (to be taken literally), I’m not even playin’. Bronzers look absolutely beautiful on brown skin. It gives us a nice and natural glow. On days when I want to feel pretty without much effort, I swipe bronzer on the cheeks. Instant glow!!

This site will also give you more information about other types of blushes. It is a great resource for newbies. My girl Erin from The MAC Fetish (and ScandalousBeatyOnline.com) has a post here where she shows us that you can wear eye shadows as blush. I’ve also heard that you can swipe lipsticks on your cheeks for added color too. Who would have thoooought? Yall know I’m going to be trying that out.

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty, my lovely author, PBW from Forty is the New 20 shows us her beautiful FOTD with her wearing Dior Sunset Fiesta blush.


Lookin’ gorgeous, uh? Love it! Send me yours at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Stay tuned for more posts from the Brown & Blushin’ series. Smooches!


[Photo Courtesy: tartecosmetics.com, narscosmetics.com, maccosmetics.com]

 

Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara Review

Happy Monday, beauties! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. It’s another Mascara Monday. You all know by now the purpose of Mascara Mondays. To fiiiind….

THE BEST MASCARA EVER

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Yessss, it is that serious. This time around I reviewed Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara. Was it as powerful as it proclaimed to be?

You ready to find out?

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear. One stroke and these pretty lashes last through rain, sweat, humidity, tears. Yet the formula removes easily with warm water. Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest lashes. Ophthalmologist tested, too.


The truth: Well….it ain’t lyin’.


What I loved about it: Ummm, okay, so it really does last! I’m impressed. It was a bit flaky, so I’m thinkin’ I shouldn’t put it on so heavy. And I absolutely adore the brush. This is my ideal mascara brush. It is thin to where it can get alll of my lashes, top and bottom.

What I didn’t like: Well, it doesn’t provide volume or much length, but it looks great when applied on top of my current HG mascara.

Overall: This is one mascara that actually does what it says it is going to do. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t give me sooooome volume. But then again, it didn’t say that it would. I got minimal curl but not enough to make me want to wear it by itself. Somehow I’ve developed allergies at the age of 23 (crazy, uh?) and this mascara was able to withstand the constant eye rub. But it really does stand strong all day and comes off easily with warm water. Fab! So if you are the type of lady that runs around all day and needs something that can keep up with you…this is right up your alley.

What do you think about this mascara? And help your girl out…what other mascaras should I review? I’m open to reviewing drugstore and high-end brands. Send your requests to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

[photo courtesy: Clinique.com]

FOTD Friday: A Fun Look



Hi gorgeous folx!

I got an email from a lovely reader saying that I don’t do many FOTDs anymore and haven’t done a bold look in a very long time. Haven’t really dove in that FOTD Friday series much, uh?

Yeeep, she’s right. I actually don’t dab into make-up that much these days. I know, I know, tragedy…but I’m not really down to wearin’ a ton of stuff. But she inspired me to do a blue/green look. So I pulled out some bright make-up and sat down to watch my show.

Hands down my favorite show ever. Got all 4 seasons on DVD and would rather watch this every day than the stuff on regular cable. Anywho….got to gigglin’ with Martin and came up with this craziness.


I purposely didn’t blend the colors together. I wanted each one to be stark and be bold on its own. If that really makes any sense.


I even did a Tina Turner hair look. HA!

Yes yall….I am a mess.

Here’s what I used:

FACE:
Not a thing

EYES (colors):
Bamboo Paint
Yellow Sunshine e/s
Wondergrass e/s
Eyepopping e/s
Submarine e/s
Thunder e/s

Lips:
Some really pretty Holiday Lustreglass.

….nothin’ to brag about but I can dig it. It was fun to play around in eye make-up again. Happy Friiiiiiday!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Brushes

Welcome to the first official post from the Brown & Blushin’ series. The series will highlight questions and pictures for the “new” blush applier. I also hope to dispel the myth that warmer tones can not wear blush. Oh yes, honey…when applied right, we can wear anything from bronzers to hot pink and bright orange blushes.

“Bright orange?”

Hmm mmmm….stay tuned to see exactly what I mean.

Today’s post will be about brushes; one of the most important elements of brush application. I, personally don’t think there is a typical “blush brush”. Different brushes, however, give you different outcomes. The brushes that I will be highlighting today come from the same family but have very little relation to each other.

Say hello to MAC’s 129, 184 and 182

I didn’t mind savin’ up for these brushes. They are worth it beyond belief.

–MAC 129 ($34)–

Why I love this brush: It is amazingly soft and is perfect for applying blush on the cheeks. I use this when I want color concentration on the apples of the cheeks.

–MAC 187 ($42)–
Why I love this brush: This was my first MAC face brush and holds a special place in my heart. The 187 is perfect for stipling my tinted moisturizer but I found it has other majestic uses when applying blush. It is perfect for lightly applying bronzers and taking color all the way up to the hairline….without being “too” much.

–MAC 182 ($45)–


Why I love this brush: My baby buki….I love this precious little brush. It picks up a lot of color and great for contouring. Contouring? Yep….the kabuki brush turns into a contouring brush with just a squeeze.

What are your favorite brushes for blush application?

Ohhh, and check this:

I thought it would be fun to feature some of my beautiful readers wearing their favorite blushes. Don’t be shyyyy. If I can post my clumpy mascara, you can show me your blushin’ cheeks. Send your pictures to me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Be sure to send a clear picture and list the products you used.

DiorShow Blackout Review

Hi lovely folx! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I don’t have many friends that are Mommys yet but I did drive 302 hours to see my Mommy. We had a beautiful time! Mothers are truly blessings, right? Welllll…..it’s time for another edition of Mascara Monday.


Yesss, Mascara Monday is where we review a new mascara in attempts to find THE BEST MASCARA EVER!

I am finally reviewing the HG of all mascaras! I was sooo excited when I purchased this. My debit card was was stingin’ from the swipe of $24 plus some tax but I was just bubbling from excitement. Did this “raved about by tons of beauty people everywhere” mascara impress me? You ready to find out?

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Christian Dior: Diorshow Blackout

Price: 1 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall:
2 out of 5


What it claims:Creates the longest, thickest, curviest lashes ever, resulting in an ultra-glam “just-off-the-catwalk” look.”

The truth: The brush isn’t the best brush ever and it is far too clumpy to be effective.


What I loved about it: My lashes were thicker but by the third coat, they were too clumpy.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me any volume. I would have liked a little.

Overall: I hate to admit it, but I’m disappointed. I didn’t get any WoW factor from this mascara. Not in the least. Which is really sad because $24 is entirely too much (I think) to spend on a mascara. I even tried layering it on top of my favorite mascara. Nope, still nothing. No dramatic lashes. The brush wasn’t all that special . And after using it for a few days, I noticed the consistency of the mascara getting a little “glooby”. Yuck, definitely not digging that. Booo….this happens sometimes in the beauty world. What some of us love, others of us loathe. Remember the pink & green Great Lash mascara? I adore it whereas I know a ton of ladies that can’t get down with it. I’m on the nay side of Diorshow right now. It’s taking up space in my mascara department but since it cost me some gas money, it’s going to have to sit there for awhile and look pretty because it certainly won’t be getting used.

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it? Or






[photo courtesy: sephora.com]

Make-Up Stash

Thanks J for your email. This entry is inspired by you! Since graduating from high school, I have always been on the move. From dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment, state to state, city to city….you get the idea. This never caused a problem until my addiction of make-up came about. It is extremely difficult packing up and moving beauty products. I’ve lost/broken way too many things along the way. The set-up for my make-up now is nothin’ pretty but it’s functional. Dig it…(click pictures to enlarge)

I know, I know… make-up in the bathroom. Not the best place but whatev. Everything is stashed in a boring ole’ plastic thingie. I tried to be a bit creative in the brush department though…


Poor Baby Buki. I have to create a nice little home for her.

Open up the compartments and here’s whatcho got


Lippies, part deux.


The small but growing blush department. Stay tuned for the Brown & Blushin’ series!

Pencils, primers and pigments…


And I can’t show you the mascara section because I don’t ruin any surprises for Mascara Mondays. Hehehe….check out the nail care department.

You see that that throw back caboodle? I had it since those Seventeen magazine readin’ days. A great deal of my pigments are in my traincase. Tinted moisturizer and minerals are in the medicine cabinet and I still have make-up hidden at my Mom’s house 4 hours away. So everything is still a work in progress.

How do you gals keep your items in order? Traincases? Drawers? Cosmetic cases? Tell me! Got any ideas with what I should be doin’ with my stash?

Stay pretty this weekend!

Brown and Blushin’ Series

Blushes!

I can’t tell yall how much I love blushes. I wish someone would have told me a long ago that a sista of a darker hue can rock them beautifully. Before then I was sellin’ myself short but now I am truly a believer. And I absolutely adore my little blush collection. It is perfect for a newbie because none of the colors look alike. I decided to start a series in which I will feature a blush that I think compliments my darker skinned sistas. Thanks for the emails that inspired me to come up with this series.

Stay tuned for the series’ updates.

What do you think? Can darker skinned women rock blushes beautifully? Any type of colors that you would like for me to review? Email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Maybelline XXL Curl Power review

Hi beautiful people!

I would like to start by thanking Blogger for the future posts feature. This is a busy blogger’s dream! I love this idea. And it’s another Mascara Monday!!…hmm mmm…on Wednesday. Still in “unpacking my life” mode but I just had to share with yall my absolute favorite mascara right now!
I mean, seriously….I think this is the best one ever. I’m in love. Dig the review.
Let me introduce to you….
Maybelline XXL Curl Power
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall:
5 out of 5
This is seriously one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. I love it! It not only gave me curl, but length as well. The C-shaped brush takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it does wonders.

What I loved about it: It lasted throughout the entire day. No flaking whatsoever. My lashes are a bit funny actin’ and never stay curled but this mascara had them waving allll day long.

What I didn’t like: As you can see in the picture, it is has two wands; a primer and the actual mascara. I didn’t really like the primer because it seemed to be a bit too liquid-y. I wish the consistency was a little thicker. I was also buggin’ at how big the mascara tube was. Because the brush is connected at the middle (does that make sense?), you have to really get used to holding it. And also because the brush is C-shaped, it’s hard to get those corner lashes.

Overall: I adore this mascara. It definitely is the best mascara in my book so far. For only $7.99, I don’t think I have ever been THIS satisfied with a mascara. You can cop it at any drugstore. If you are lookin’ for extra curl and volume, this is the mascara for you. I know that this will always be up in my make-up stash. Love love love it!

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

[photo courtesy: http://www.maybelline.com]