Sista Show-Off: Flowers From Fatima

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.

Allow me to introduce you to a 21 year old college student with a passion driven entrepreneurial spirit.

My name is Fatima Spencer. I am 21 years old and was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am the second youngest of 8 children. I currently attend Xavier University as a Spanish major, with a focus in Advertising. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2011. Outside of academics, I enjoy producing music, gardening, and creating floral accessories.

I hope to use my degree to fuel a more successful business for my career after college. I own a business known as Flowers From Fatima, which was founded in December of 2009. Flowers From Fatima is a special line of trendy floral accessories for women.

The line includes hair clips, headbands, and wrist corsages that are great for women of all ages and ideal for all occasions, from weddings to prom. They work well for everyday wear, too. No matter what the occasion, Flowers From Fatima has just the right piece to help you achieve that glamorous look.

Check out her shop and support her! Fatima, you’re amazing.

Want me to show you off? If you have a blog, website or e-store and would like to be featured, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

New York Fashion Week S/S 2011: Clumps in the streets!

Oh my…what would I do without the Clumps of Mascara New York Fashion Week team? We would not have any representation if it weren’t for my girls Sarah and Yaya. Yaya is a veteran to helping me out but the lovely Sarah is new to Clumps of Mascara. She is a New York native and I am so glad that we crossed paths. Girlfriend is super talented and she bounced around NYC last week attending New York Fashion Week events.

She did a video about her experience at one of Maybelline New York and CVS Pharmacy pop-up tents and ohmigooodness….let’s just sayin’ I was hatin’ somethin’ serious. I so wish I could have been there! Here’s what Sarah has to say.

It was great to check out the Maybelline New York & CVS Pharmacy
Beauty and Fashion Retreat in the whirlwind that was New York Fashion
Week. What’s better than getting pampered (for free!) and learning
quick tips about looking runway ready from the comfort of your own home? The experience was great, and Gabriel Almodovar was helpful in breaking things down for me.

And the amazing video that she did documenting the event….

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week coverage from Clumps’ Sarah and Yaya!

Mascara Monday: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

You know what?  MAC Cosmetics gets an enormous fist from me. This mascara was listed on their website for months before it was released in store. No bueno for a mascara fiend like myself. Of course I could have ordered it online but who wants to wait THAT long? Well here we are, darlings….was this mascara worth the wait?
MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

Guess who’s baaack?

I’m back!

I know, I know…I really should have never just dropped off of the face of the e-earth like that, uh? My bad, y’all. I took a much needed withdrawal from the innanet. I SO needed it. Not to mention I started an evening/weekend job and OMG, I completely failed in the time management department.

But I’m back now and I have SO much to share with you. Here’s what reviews you can look forward to in the coming weeks:

  • OCC lip tars. Yuuuum….
  • Clarisonic Plus
  • My annual visit to the dermatologist. Has my skin improved since last year? Pshttt.
  • Orly’s Plastix collection. Sick of mattes yet?
  • CoverFX foundation…I think I found a winner, y’all.
  • Mario Badescu skincare products
  • Huetiful Hair steamer. Amazing!!
  • Zoya’s newest polishes
  • CoverGirl Queen’s concealers…SO brown girl friendly
  • Make Up For Ever’s HD blush
  • An eye shadow palette that has 120 shadows. Wow…sers!

…my Twitter fam has asked me to review my new Android phone so I think I’ll be doing that too. Yep, after 2 years and 3 Blackberrys, I have broken up with RIM and so in love with Android!

That’s not even half of it. I will also be hosting, co-hosting and volunteering for several events (that you’re invited to) in the Central and South Florida…including Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out in Miami! And I’ve got a lot of giveaways lined up.

OH! And I’m actively posting on the Clumps of Mascara Tumblr blog. It’s just random shots of products, events and looks. Not to be confused with my travel blog which is also on Tumblr.

So yep…I’m back and ready to par-tay! How have you guys been? Try any new mascaras? Have any products you think I should try?

Enjoy your weekend and see you for Mascara Monday!

The Story of Cosmetics and my confession…

Brace  yourselves, darlings. This is one video that may shock and scare you. Fact is, I’ve know a lot of what was mentioned but this the video really help put things into perspective about the products that we are using.

Can I be honest? I am super conflicted. While I own, use and review many real deal natural/organic, paraben-free products (aside from hair color, my hair care routine is predominately all natural), I still like to try out “conventional” products. Not to mention, those are the products that are most requested by Clumps of Mascara readers. I mean, think about it…how many of you would still read Clumps if I ONLY reviwed natural brands and products? My goal is to appeal  to many different women all over the world and let’s be honest…there is only a small number of us that use only natural products.
 
At the same time, I do not want you all to think that just because I rate a product as “GOOD”, that it means it is safe. Because, the truth is…a lot of them are not. In the future, I think I am going to incorporate more notices about the ingredients that are in the products that I review. That way, at least then, you can make a sound judgement on if you really want to purchase it or not…despite how beautiful the posted pictures are.
 
I want to be apart of the solution…not the problem. What do you think I should do? I could definitely use yall’s opinions and advice. I want to continue bringing you funny, engaging and informative reviews on ALL products but I also want to be sure that you are aware of products that can potentially harm your beautiful skin and health from the outside in.
 

I know natural and eco-friendly products may not be affordable and accessible for all, but I will make it my duty to host giveaways and find the best and affordable brands and products that give you the look you’re going for…safely. I

 
Leave me your thoughts in the comments or email me (Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com). 

Love y’all,
P.S.
Thanks to my eco-beauty/lifestyle bloggers for being such inspirations. Especially you, Simply Natural!

The best of Clumps of Mascara a la video

I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday, darlings! I’m in the best mood ever. Ever have one of those days where nothing really happened but you’re just happy? I’m definitely having one of those days. Below is a video to make you laugh. It’s a compilation of some of my YouTube videos.


I am finally at the point where I’m okay with being me unapologetically. Are you there too? I certainly hope so. Life sucks when you can’t be you. I don’t know about you but I find NOT being me extremely painful. Celebrate yourself this weekend.

Speaking of celebrations, one of my greatest friends celebrates a birthday this weekend!

Happy birthday, Sam! Thank you so much for blessing me with the role of godmommy to the most perfect little girl in the world. You’ve always be a phenomenal woman in my eyes but motherhood has given me another reason to respect and admire you. You are amazing and I love you to pieces!

And if this baby face doesn’t make your day, I think you may need to check your pulse.

Enjoy your weekend!

Uh oh..blogger down!

So, uh…I’m sick. I can’t remember the last *cough* time I was sick. Yuck! Clumps posts will be slow as I heal myself with herbal and organic remedies. While I recuperate, check out some of the fabulous happ’ns in the blogosphere.

My mentor, sister-friend and fellow beauty blogger Afrobella is hosting her radio show this morning at 10 am CT/11 am ET. Since I’m at home, I can actually tune in. Yesss!!

I just registered for the Blogalicious Conference. Your turn!

My sister-friend and new Mommy over at Beauty Logic is celebrating 3 years and is giving away a Clarisonic Mia. The 419 of you that didn’t snag the one that I gave away now have another chance to get one. Hop to it!

UK beauty blogger and friend of mine, Yinka at Vex in the City is hoping to place Top 5 in the Cosmo Blog Awards. I think my girl has a chance but she needs your vote. Please oh please support her!

Health is beauty, right? If you’re lactose intolerant like me and stay away from animal and dairy milks, Yoli from Eco Chic Living and Green Savings shares other ways to get calcium in. Team almond milk!

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Clumps Turns 3 was a Hit!

Clumps Turns 3 was the biggest anniversary celebration to date. I mean, it was HUGE! We received over 2,000 giveaway submissions. That’s a lot! Winners have not been selected for every giveaway and some giveaways are still running (including the BIG giveaway) so be sure to search Clumps’ archives to see what you’ve missed. I will post the Winners’ List as soon as all giveaways come to an end.

My mission for celebrating Clumps’ 3rd anniversary for an entire week was to shower Clumps’ fans and supporters with the opportunities to win some of my favorite products. This would NOT have been possible without my sponsors. As much as I love y’all, I would go broke spending more than $1,000 on products to give away.

Special thanks to  Avalon Organics, Beauty Ticket, China Glaze, Clarisonic, Clinique, Colgate, COVERGIRL, Diamond Cosmetics, EcoTools, Lancôme, Mario Badescu, Maybelline,
Milani, NYX, Reach, Sally Hansen, Softlips, Surgicare, tarte, Zoya and more.

To my Board of Directors…thank you ALL as I would not have been been able to get the word out without you guys.

Thank you to my fellow blog sisters who posted about Clumps! That includes Beauty Rookie, Gangstarr Girl, Vex in the City, StaceFace75’s  video, Ask Me What’s, Dirty Pretty Thangs, Coup de Couer, Milan Rouge, This That Beauty and countless others. And who can forget about those of you that re-tweeted giveaways, told your Facebook friends and emailed friends and family members the flyer. Thank you SOOOO much.

Thank you Clutch Mag!

A huge hug to Gee from Afro Glitz…she knows why.

I started Clumps out of nowhere and I am so humbled that it has reached women all over. If you don’t think Clumps can get any better, stay tuned…I have A LOT in store and our 4th anniversary will be even bigger!

And if you’re still reading this, I got a lil’ somethin-somethin for you. I totally forgot to include TWO giveaways last week. Here’s one.

Two lucky ladies will each win Avalon Organics’ Vitamin C Skincare System!!

Shoot an email to Giveaway@ClumpsOfMascara.com with “Vitamin C” in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell me why you’d like to try Avalon Organics’ Vitamin C Skincare System. 

Rules:
-U.S. residents only
-Send an email to Giveaway@ClumpsOfMascara.com only-Contest ends Friday, June 18, 2010 at 12:00 am EST. Submissions after that will not be valid.
-Winner will be selected at random.
-Family members/personal friends of B are not eligible—haha! *blows raspberry* ;)
-In the event that a winner does not respond in 3 days, another person will be selected.

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