POLL: Shopping. Yay or nay?

I have a confession, y’all. I’m not a shopper. In fact…I suck at it. The only places I can shop without cringing are beauty stores (obviously), tech stores and book stores. Department stores put me in some kind of trance. And not in a “OMG, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight” kind of trance. But in a “OMG, this is so overwhelming. Where do I start?” trance.

I blame Mama Clumps. Really, I do. I remember having to spend hours in department stores with her as a kid. I’d take books with me and sit cross legged outside of fitting rooms waiting for her to say, “I’m done.” Going shopping always seemed like a punishment.

Esposo and I are going to Maryland for the holidays and considering it’s been a summery winter all season here in Florida, I figured I’d better get us some warmer wear. I went to….the mall.

I know. My sentiments exactly. I go to a mall a good 3-4 times a year if I’m lucky. And even that’s pushing it. The good news is, I actually had a pleasant time shopping this go round. I made a list of what I wanted to get, printed off coupons (you know how I do…) and only ventured around the departments I needed to be at.

Okay, I’m lying. I did make my way over to shoes (I REALLY need a pair of comfortable leather boots), purses and jewelry, but come on…even I can’t get away from the magnetic force that is boots and Movado watches. Anywhoovers, for the first time EVER, I made it in and out of the mall having spent under budget and WITH the items I came for. That absolutely never happens. Don’t get me wrong. I am still far from a shopaholic but this shopping trip was actually…tolerable. Where do you stand when it comes to shopping?

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P.S. – Anytime any of you trendy gals want to visit me here in Central Florida and show me how to shop, let me know. I know how to paint nails and pick out makeup like a professional but my fashion sense could sooooo use some help.

NYFW S/S 2012: OPI Samoan Sand at the BCBG Max Azria show

It looks like the nude nail polish trend will still be with us Spring 2012. OPI was backstage at the BCBG Max Azria show putting the nail polish Samoan Sand on the models’ nails and toes.

If you’re a fan of the “mannequin nails” look, check out the post I did on Mannequin Hands for Brown Girls. I used OPI’s San Tan-tonio I can’t say this is my favorite nail polish trend but hey, if you’re going to rock it Samoan Sand and San Tan-tonio are the shade to roll with.

These feet were made for walkin’…but comfortably.

It’s a well known Clumps of Mascara fact, that I am NOT a fan of heels. And not because I don’t want to be stylin’ and profilin’ and standin’ close to 6-feet tall in heels that elongate my legs. But let’s face it, heels are not meant to be comfortable. Prolonged wear of ’em can’t possibly be good for our toes, feet, ankles and legs. And because of that, I like to rock comfortable and cute flats and sandals as often as I can.

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Rumba Watches=WIN

My obsession with watches continue with the super fun and incredibly affordable Rumba watches. And one of the best things about these watches is the packaging. Check this out…

…I know right! Hit the jump to see them up close.

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Sista Show-Off: The shopaholic who stopped shopping

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.

Can you imagine NOT shopping? I mean…for a complete year not purchasing an article of clothing, accessory OR purse? Have you fainted out of sheer horror yet? My girl Kelli over at Stop Shop is doing it. Hit the jump to read her story.

MBFW-Swim 2011: Swimwhere Anywhere Pool deck show!

The world renowned  Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Florida is most known for its beautiful pool. I’ve never seen anything like it. Despite Miami being my birthplace, I pretty much get an F for not knowing a lot of what Miami-Dade county has to offer. Locals generally stay away from the South Beach area so I always feel as if I’m transported to another city when I head down Collins Ave.
As Nikki New and I emerged from backstage for Mara Hoffman, we found ourselves right in the middle of a runway. Literally!

Security practically pushed us out of the way as models pranced their gorgeous selves right passed us.
Turns out that Swimwhere Anywhere was having a show right IN the pool.
Aww, how cute is he? And I’m not talkin’ about the kid. He’s cute too but uh…yeah. :)
My favorite pieces…
Girlfriend to the right is killing me with her adorable cut and shades. Fierce, honey, fierce!
And I think she was a spectator, but man oh man, I was lovin’ her dress.
I can be such an outfit paparazzi when I want to be. Sheesh.
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About Me

My attempt at being sexy. Bahahaaa!

Okay, soooo…what to say about me? Hmm, well I’m from Florida and I’m 26 years old. But I don’t act like it. I don’t take myself seriously and because of that, I have no problem embarrassing. In fact I do so frequently. No lie.

I started Clumps of Mascara in the summer of 2007 right before I graduated from college. I was going through that, “OMG, what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” panic that most college students go through and channeled a lot of energy into make-up, something I NEVER took notice to before. My newfound love for beauty inspired me to start a blog that would help me track my journey into different products and brands. I never had any intentions to be a “beauty blogger”. Or to have people read my blog. But before I knew it, people were reading. And actually…liking my quirky newbie-esque approach to beauty.

I am not a professional nor am I a self-proclaimed “beauty guru”. Far from it. But I think that’s what makes my approach to beauty unique. I don’t mind posting my mistakes. In fact, I do so frequently. And even though I have reviewed over 100 of them, mascaras aren’t the only focal point on Clumps.

I’m pretty obsessed with lipglosses too.

My goal is to inspire women all over to love the beauty that they already posses. To love their hair textures, skin complexions, large lips, big eyes, small eyes and everything in between. Clumps of Mascara means admitting that, “Yeah…I’m not perfect. But I am me. I am beautiful. And I rock.” If I’ve inspired one, then I’ve done my job. While I get emails from ladies thanking me, I really want to thank them. It was this blog that gave me purpose and re-ignited my passion for writing. It was Clumps that went from a blog to a business that sent this small city girl on trips to meet celebrities and speak at conferences. But I’m not JUST a blogger. I work a full-time job, volunteer throughout Orlando, help teach natural beauty classes and freelance as a photographer and writer.

In addition to being a top beauty blog, Clumps of Mascara has had the opportunity to work brands like Maybelline, COVERGIRL, Sally Hansen, Clinique and China Glazes.  We’ve attended fashion shows, industry beauty events and trade shows. We’ve got an awesome fanbase of readers from New Jersey to New Zealand. I say “we” because I’m not doing this on my own. I’ve got amazing designers, IT professionals, mentors, freelance writers and ambassadors that help me with Clumps.

Life is busy, crazy and sometimes demanding, but it’s beautiful.

It’s funny what happens when you stop freaking out and start listening to that voice inside yourself. Doors open and opportunities start flying in.

Love it and love yourself. I’m just an email away. Shoot one and say Hi. Unless you’re a creeper. No creepers please. 😎