Brown and Blushin’ Series: Petticoat MSF

Good day, beautiful people! I bring to you a requested post from a reader who was just dyiiiiing to get my opinion on one of MAC’s newest collection. Obviously, I’m being dramatical again. :) MAC Cosmetics just recently released a collection called Sheer Minerals; a collection that I really had no interest in. Until of course I visited my girl Safia (MAC Pro Orlando, holla!). She sneakily slid the Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat ($25) in my hand.

“Um, what is this?” I inquired.

“You’ll love it,” she exclaimed.

LOVE is an understatement. As I watched her apply this velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish (source) on the BFF’s cheek bones, I knew I had to have it.

This baby just look amazing and I love it just as much if not more than my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie.

Petticoat is to the left, Bobbi Brown’s Brownie to the right.

Petticoat, still with its subtlety, manages to bring out a certain “POP” on my cheeks. And not with chunky glitter stuffs either. Here’s where I place it.

Yes, that’s an eyeshadow brush….and what? LOL! Yall know I keep it real.

Petticoat brings out those high cheekbones that I thought I DIDN’T have. It truly is amazing.

And yall just KNOW how I feel about multi-purpose items. I can see myself using this as a highlight and even a lid color. Definitely something worth checking out.

And in other news….look who has been inspired to some nail designs. This one’s for you, Nikki! China Glaze’s Avalanche is a fun gunmetal lavender and the crazy black swiggly lines give the nails some character.

Stay beautiful, fam!!

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Brown and Blushin’ Series: NARS Dolce Vita


Fine. I’ll admit it. I really don’t need to purchase any more blushes. You hear that, Ma?

But a girl has to spoil herself every now and then. I absolutely love NARS; especially their blushes. Highly pigmented, long-lasting, build-able…..truly the elite of blushes in my opinion.

Check out one of NARS newest blushes:

Dolce Vita
(I’m sorry, but who else likes that name?
I’m naming my first daughter that? LOL! j/k)

As a matte, NARS describes this lovely color as a “dusty rose”. After only one swatch it gives me such a beautiful “tint”.
And of course I pulled out my favorite MAC brush; Miss. 187.

(Why did it take me 28 years to take this picture
so that I ended up in the mirror. HA!)

It’s fabulouso, chicas! But wait–don’t spaz out if aren’t ready to splurge $25 on a blush. L’Oreal HIP has these darling Blendable Creme blushes. I found that Dolce Vita is almost identical to Blushing.

I would say that Blushing is a tad bit darker but a great deal if you can catch L’Oreal HIP on a BOGO sale at your nearest drug store.

Looooves it! What is your favorite blush at the moment? Any ones you got your eyes on? Tell me, mon!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Purple on the cheeks?

I know, I know. I haven’t done a post from this series in quite awhile, uh? I’m so sorry, chicas. I’ve been behind on keeping you lovely up on blushes from my brown skin beauties. I am still enamored with blush and my collection has grown from 3-5 blushes to almost 20! I’m tellin’ you….when I like somethin’ I really like it! And while I haven’t purchased a blush in awhile, I still enjoy revisiting everything from my NYC blush in Desert Rose to my Stila Convertible color in Rose and Grandma’s trusty Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush.

But what happens when a lady loves what she loves but still wants to try something different?

THIS!

Who remembers MAC’s Mi’Lady Mineralized shadow? This baby came out last fall and I honestly haven’t touched it in quite awhile. While I think it is divine on the lids this beautiful combo of mineralized goodness doesn’t quite fit in with my daily work-appropriate looks. But I still wanted to see what I could do with ole’ girl.

I mean, look how pigmented she is…


So you know what I had to do, riiiight? I grabbed the trusty MAC 187 brush and…


Who would have thought that this color is pretty dern decent on the cheeks?

A little too sparkly for my liking but perhaps with a lighter hand and a cleaner brush I would have ended up with a beautifully flattering purple cheek that doesn’t LOOK crazy.

I was a little heavy on the cheeks but that didn’t stop me…I pulled out my purples quad and…

Yes, I swirled the brush in all 4 colors. The results?


(say hi to the crater on my face!)

Still a little too MUCH so I definitely want to play around with purples on the cheek but with a lighter hand. And yall know me, I ALWAYS get carried away….Mi’Lady on the lips, B? Really?


Wait is that my washcloth in the background that I forgot to crop out? Clumps of Mascara strikes again! LOL!

So what say you, people? Would you rock purple cheeks? Or on the lips? Hmm…maybe I will refine this look a little more and present it in this week’s upcoming FOTD Friday?

Whatcha think?

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Bronzers!

Time for another edition of Brown and Blushin’. I knowww, it’s been awhile since we’ve visisted this series, uh? Please excuse the delay. But this time around I have some real goodies for you in the “bronzer” department.

“What is a bronzer for anyway?”

Can yall believe I asked this question less than a year ago? Yes…your head newbie in charge was not familiar with bronzers. Don’t cyber-grill me…I’m learning, okay? And I know there are a few of you pretty people out there who don’t even own bronzers.

Neither did I until 3 months. HA!

Now I’m hooked. Bronzers are beautiful on brown skin. It gives us that “sun kissed” look. When lightly applied on the cheeks, it can bring out the cheekbones. When swiped under the brow, it can act as a pretty highlighter. When dapped on the apples of the cheeks, it provides just enough shimmer to make your pretty cheeks radiate with every smile.

I really love bronzers. Today I’m going to feature my 3 favorite (ha, and only) bronzers.

Are yall diggin’ my pretty set up? I try, I try.

So, I’ve put our 3 bronzers in categories.

For my sistas on a budget we have Tanfastic Bronzer by CoverGirl
For my girls who have a little extra pocket change we have Cargo’s Bronzer in Medium
…and for my ballin’ chicas (um, not me) we have Bobbi Brown’s Shimmbrick Compact in Bronze

CoverGirl’s Tanfastic Bronzer

For only $5.99, you have to be in love with this CoverGirl bronzer. It is highly pigmented so you won’t need much to achieve a nice but subtle glow. In fact, because it is so pigmented it is wonderful as an eyeshadow or brow bone color. I’m not gonna front–the brush uhh….the brush sucks. It is a a bit too stiff for initial application for me. But will it do the job for an on the go touch-up? Absolutely!

 

Cargo Cosmetic’s Bronzer-Medium

So maybe you got a little raise or Mommy dropped some funds in your account (dang, I miss those college years) and you want to splurge for the moment. Let me introduce you to this baby. I have the mini version but for $25 you can cop the award winning Cargo Cosmetic bronzer. Mad love to my sis, Amina at Coup de Coeur who got me hip to this beautiful tin canned wonder. The texture is so soft that it almost feels like “cream”. It isn’t as pigmented as CoverGirl’s so to get it show up you may have to apply a few swipes. It is absolutely radiating on my brown brown skin. And with the dose of Vitamin E this bronzer provides, I’m not only lookin’ good but keeping my skin healthy.

Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbrick in Bronze

I’m not going to act like I can’t put some gas in my car, feed myself for a week or save for my upcoming travels. For $36, I could do one of the above. But if I “had it like that”, I would buy every single one of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. They are just so dern pretty to look at. You can’t deny it….lemme bring the picture back.

Ohmiiiiigoodness. I mean look at that. Aside from this little brick going beautiful on the cheeks, it can also act as eyeshadows. You’ve got a lid color, crease color and a highlight right there in one palette. I don’t even travel with eyeshadows. I just take my Shimmerbrick and call it a day. I swear this thing has magic powers.

How do you apply it?

I don’t think there is a right or wrong way. I swipe my brush right down the middle and apply on the cheeks. It is divine.

I took some pictures of swatches but they pretty much all look the same because of the lighting. But a swatch of CoverGirl’s Tanfastic (that name is killing me, lol) on my inner arm should show you how pretty bronzers are…


This article at Black Women’s Web tells you a little bit more about bronzers.

So tell me….do you wear bronzers? Any recommendations? Your favorite? Your struggles? And suggestions for me? Shout out your favorite bronzer!

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!

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]

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]

 

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.