Join Me For The #TIBeautyBash Twitter Party!

Prestige Cosmetics Twitter party

Hey girls, hey! It’s been a minute since I’ve hosted a Twitter party so when the brand Prestige Cosmetics asked me if I’d like to co-host one with OMG Artistry, I, of course said YES. Twitter parties are fun! Especially when the chance to win goodies are involved.

On Wednesday night at 7pm EST, us beauty lovers will be all be tweeting to get a sneak peek at the newest Total Intensity products by Prestige Cosmetics. Yours truly has already had a chance to play with these and ohmigoodness, girls…if you love vibrant and bright shades, you are going to LOVE these products.

BUT, in order to get a chance to WIN 1 of 5 door prizes, you must RSVP here. Seriously, do it now. Follow the hashtag #TIBeautyBash and we’ll see you there!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 118

Tree over lake

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Phyrra – shares her favorite DIY beauty for eyes, lips and hair.

we heart this – wants to introduce you to a drugstore lip stain that is glossy, pigmented and all kinds of PERFECT.

Clumps of Mascara – has finally tried the brand Yes to Carrots. Not sure what took so long but now I’m in love and can’t stop bragging about their awesomeness !

EauMG – finally found a celebrity perfume to enjoy! Dita Von Teese EDP is a sultry floral over smoldering incense. And the packaging is fit for any glamour gal!

Gouldylox Reviews – What is the best DIY beauty hack? The Makeup Wars team compares their favorites. Which one is yours?

My Beauty Bunny – We’re so excited to announce the My Beauty Bunny Exfoliating Moisturizer is now on the virtual shelves! The cruelty-free lotion gently exfoliates and helps minimize fine lines, and works with all skin types.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there was a new drugstore liquid liner that could change your life? OK, maybe not your life, but it just might change your outlook on liquid liners (in a good way).

Prime Beauty – dreams of being a ballerina but for now she’ll settle for looking like one with the Lancôme French Ballerine Spring 2014 Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra – I adore Honey from Honeygirl’s World. She covers beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I really like her tutorials and her recent Honey Bella Rosa tutorial combines gold and purple, two of my favorite shades.

Question of the Week:

In your opinion, what’s the most overrated beauty product of all time?

B says, “MAC’s lipsticks. They’re just…meh.”

What’s insanely overrated for you?

See you next week!

Let’s Talk About Everyone’s Favorite Subject…Birth Control!

This post is sponsored by Bedsider.Org  but all the opinions are all my own.

As I started to write this post, I was somewhat perplexed on how I wanted to approach the topic of birth control. I mean talking about birth control can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But it is something that needs to be discussed. As I reached the point of frustration, Beyoncé’s Grown Woman played on my iPhone and then I got all the inspiration I needed. Sex is a part of everyday life and sex is how you create life. If you are grown enough to be having sex, you should be grown enough to protect yourself.  The stats for unplanned pregnancies are way too high and if you aren’t ready for  littles ones, take the steps you need to in order to protect yourself. I can barely afford gas in my car so there is NOOOOO way I can afford kids right now.

What people do not know is there are so many methods of birth control and the information is literally at your fingertips. Bedsider.Org is your online headquarters for learning about birth control. Bedsider realizes that talking about birth control is a serious topic, but they make it lighthearted and informative.

The most information I got on birth control came from the movie Mean Girls.

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Of course I knew about the pill and condoms, but I had no idea what fertility awareness was or what and how a sponge worked. Bedsider.Org explains it all. Not only does the site go through each form of birth control, but they let you know how it works and the potential cost. You get to hear real testimonies from people who are using that particular method. I loved hearing the male point of view in the videos because sometimes we forget that birth control is something that both partners need to be aware of.  Another one of my favorite things about Bedsider.Org is that you can sign up for birth control reminders. If you are on the pill, shot, patch, or the ring, you can sign up to have daily, weekly, or monthly reminders to take your birth control. How awesome and convenient is that?

With Valentine’s Day in a few days, you may be planning to get hot and heavy with your loved one, boo, or the hot guy who bought you a drink at the bar, but before you do, make sure you take some time to go through Bedsider.Org  to find out which birth control method is right for YOU and YOUR body.

Make sure to you stop by the website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Stay Pretty, Positive, and Safe!

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Shark Week Can Be Fun Again…Kinda. Thanks U By Kotex!

Because I’m all about keepin’ it real up in here, you should know that this is a sponsored post for U by Kotex, who provided me products to review. You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too here and Do the Demo.

Now. Who’s ready for some TMI? You know I am. I stay in the TMI Lane. As lady people, we shouldn’t be so secretive about the things that so many of us deal with. And let’s face it, we’ve all dealt with our cycle at some point in our lives. It’s been about 16 years since Aunt Flow has made herself a regular visitor. And I hate her. I really do. But she’s a necessary evil and so while I cringe at her every appearance, I have come across ways that make dealing her, well…easier.

U by Kotex box

Through Socialstars I had the opportunity to test some of these U By Kotex products and at first I was like “Oh snap…my menstrual cup lovin’ friends are so going to disown me.” Yes, I do proudly roll with the cup crew but honey, I’m a girl who likes options. And no one likes to be unprepared when their cycle decides to make their first appearance after 21 months of being ghost (thanks pregnancy and breastfeeding!). And said cycle comes when you are out of town. Oh yes, girl. This happened to me. And I wish I would have these U by Kotex CleanWear pads on hand.

U by Kotex

First of all, can we talk about the pretty packaging? “B, who cares if they’re pretty. They’re sanitary napkins!” Look. There ain’t anything pretty about Shark Week. But U By Kotex is trying to lighten the horror a bit with colorful wrapping and decorated pads.

Kotex packaging

And, I for one, can appreciate this. In fact, how I’ll go back to regular plain pads is beyond me. It was as if U By Kotex sat down and said “Hmm…how can we make this awful time of the month just a little better?” And while they aren’t able to make the cramps and bloat feeling disappear, they can at least bring a smile on my face when I open up these pretty pads.

Kotex napkin

Just, wow…

And they aren’t just pretty to look at. Without getting too graphic (calm down…I won’t put it ALL out there), I love how the U by Kotex Barely There Thin Liners don’t leak. They just don’t. Also, the adhesive has a nice and firm stick and you can ensure that it’ll last for as long as you need it to.

Kotex tampons

Colorful pads with pretty packing and housed in a slick and sexy black box? Well done. U By Kotex gave us something that we didn’t even know we needed. And I love it. Now if only they can think of a way to get rid of that “Give me all of the sweets and leave me alone for the next 3 days” feeling…

 

I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Crowdtap on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate. But y’all know me. I don’t mind writing about this kind of stuff for free because, well, uh…I have before!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 117

Too Faced BEtter Than False Lashes Step 1

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Pink Sith – is positively blushing at the name of the NARS Blush called “Sex Fantasy”. Not that she’s a prude or anything.

Prime Beauty – has finally found her Prince Charming…kinda. He is just one of the many calorie-free limited edition treats from the Valentine’s Day Collection at LUSH! Indulge yourself and your sweetheart with no guilt! Trust me, you’ll want to stock up.

Phyrra – Phyrra share all of her favorite Complexion Perfection products. Find a new favorite foundation here!

we heart this – Mega pores? Yeah, us too. Check out the latest from the Benefit POREfessional line and it can be our little secret.

Chalkboard Nails – created a geometric nail art look using the neutral shades from the brand new OPI Brazil Collection.

Clumps of Mascara – has come across an amazing mascara. No seriously. Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes is one of the coolest mascaras that I have ever tried.

Gouldylox Reviews – These five hairsprays will change how you handle your hair.

My Beauty Bunny – Manis, manis, manis! Jen and friends get ready for Valentine’s Day with gorgeous nail art from Plush Beauty Bar. Come look and see.

Nouveau Cheap – Do you like the idea of long-wear lip colors, but hate the moisture-sucking properties that often go along with them? These might be just the ticket (and they’re only $3.50 each)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – A simple yet lovely blog post about beauty. Here is a beauty epiphany from Alice In Nappyland and what a $1.99 lipstick taught her.

Question of the Week:

Is there a makeup application technique that
you’ve tried to master, but just can’t seem to conquer?

B says, “Ummmmm, stupid liquid eyeliner. I suck at it! And don’t even get me started on false lashes. Hmph. “

So which techniques do you suck at?

See you next week!

 

GLOSSYBOX 2014 Is Shapin’ Up Nicely!

Well helllloooo GLOSSYBOX. I got this box in the mail a few weeks ago and I’ve gotten into a nice little habit of just letting those pretty little boxes sit nicely on the beauty shelf before I even dive into them. The boxes are just so pretty. And I was so excited to see what kind of cool things GLOSSYBOX had for us this year…

GLOSSYBOX Feb 2014

Like always, your box will contain a little leaflet giving you a rundown of each product and its specs. I love this. I tend to rummage through the box and then go back to read the leaflet to get more information about the products.

GLOSSYBOX February 2014

Like always, I judge beauty boxes by the quality and diversity of their products. And like always, GLOSSYBOX doesn’t let me down. This was a stellar box with awesome high-quality and luxe products.

GLOSSYBOX moisturizer

I haven’t heard of the brand Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream but what a wonderfully decadent moisturizer this is. I’ll be tossing this in my travel bag for my trip to NYC. Good timing with this, GLOSSYBOX. The weather is cooler and a moisturizer like this will be well received by many.

GLOSSYBOX mineral blush

This Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose is lovely. I’m not a mineral makeup user (lazy + clumsy = naw) but I think Desert Rose is a nice and wearable shade for women of all complexions. Plus, the sample size will certainly go a long way.

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Blender

The BEAUTYBLENDER Pure Beauty Blender is huuuuge in the makeup world and considering it’s almost $20, I would say that this product alone exceeds the value of this month’s GLOSSYBOX. I am so excited to use this. I haven’t yet owned one and I’m going to be putting this baby to good use.

GLOSSYBOX hair

GLOSSYBOX usually always gives us hair care products and while they have never been geared towards my hair type, I can still appreciate the inclusion of hair products. TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray looks like it’ll be nice for my girls trying to add some volume to their tresses.

GLOSSYBOX body wash

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash is a wonderfully smelling body wash. I love that the brand uses essential oils over fragrances. Y’all know how I feel about fragrances.

Such a fantastic box! There’s a little something for everyone and the sample sizes are large enough for users to get a nice try out of each product. Way to go, GLOSSYBOX!

Purchase yours here for $21/month.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 116

Tarte Power Pigment lipstick

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Nouveau Cheap – For most of us, Bonnie Bell is synonymous with Lip Smackers lip balms. But have you seen their new nail lacquers, lip lacquers and lipsticks? Come take a peek at some swatches–they just might surprise you!

Pink Sith – takes you on an island adventure to Kauai when she tells you all about the NARS Spring 2014 Eyeshadow Duo in Kauai. It’s 72 degrees and sunny there right now!

Prime Beauty – has two major obsessions: Makeup and Chocolate! She can get her get her fix for both with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette–it’s a cavity free sweet treat you NEED to indulge in!

Phyrra – is ready for Spring with the Kat Von D Esperanza palette! She loves it so much she’s giving one away. Open Worldwide.

we heart this – the next in the line of infamous tints is a sweet as a lollipop and as on trend as can be; check out the Radiant Orchid hued Benefit Lollitint.

Clumps of Mascara – is running her first race of the year but she’s picked the ideal lippy for her race face…Tarte’s Power Pigment!

Gouldylox Reviews – The Too Faced Chocolate Bar is sinfully delicious. Just when you thought browns were boring, think again.

Lipglossiping – ponders whether anyone would consider taking the plunge and invest in some eyebrow extensions! Well, would you?

My Beauty Bunny – Jen got a chin implant! Read all about it and why she made the decision. Plus, see the before and after pics: Why I Decided to Get Plastic Surgery.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – Whenever one of my lovely Canadian readers says to me, “I wish there was a blog like yours, but for Canada” my response is always, “There is!” If you’re looking for Canadian drugstore beauty info and sale alerts, check out Sparkled Beauty, written by my long-time blogging pal, Halifax. She’ll hook you up!

Question of the Week:

Name the most expensive and inexpensive products in your current daily makeup routine.

B says, “Most expensive? Probably my Clinique moisturizer. Inexpensive? Probably the Jordana lippy that I use from time to time. “

What about you?

See you next week!

 

My Love Story & Your Chance To Win A $200 Gift Card to Sephora

I met her about 4 years ago. Or maybe it was 3. Details get fuzzy whenever I try to think back on our first meeting. You see, I was minding my own business being all “whatever” about love. I didn’t want to hear anything about it. I was done. I was over it. I had already gone through a few conquests, failed miserably and when I first met her I was just a bitter ole’ lady who had given up.

And then I met Clari. Clari opened my eyes up in ways that I never knew possible. She boosted my self-confidence. She gave me something that I had lost. She is one of my truest loves and I will always adore her.

I will always love you, dear Clari…sonic.

The crazy thing about that little spiel up there is that this isn’t the first time that I have written a love letter to my Clarisonic. Baby Clumps was thiiiiiiisclose to be being called Clari. I’m not even kidding. The Clarisonic is truly the best beauty purchase that I have ever made. And have you seen the Hollywood Lights Clarisonic?

Someone pleeeease tell me that I don’t need it. Please!

This “True Love Story” post is brought to you by Coupons.com. Your one-stop-shop for all things coupon-y is not only having some mega Valentine’s Day deals, but they are also hosting a Valentine’s Day sweepstakes.

And it’s easy to enter. Share your “True Love Story” and get a chance to win a dream vacation! In the meantime, if you’re feeling lucky, how about a chance to win $200 to Sephora?

Coupons.com Sweepstakes

I’ve partnered with some of my favorite beauty bloggin’ gals and this U.S-only can give you a chance to WIN that Clarisonic for me. Or for…yourself. Y’know…whatever works. The Rafflecopter is below.

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If it’s taking forever to load, click here and if you are still having problems entering, email me at brittany@clumpsofmascara.com.

 

This giveaway is closed and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Erika in Florida!