Sista Show-Off: OPI’s Gargantuan Green


Beautiful Bee-ing Me in the reader/fellow blogger photo showcase! It is in this series that you can show off your hair, fab new outfit or make-up look. Wanna show off your new hair cut? That lipstick you’ve been rocking for a month? Show off on Clumps!

Some time ago I convinced one of my girls to try a color outside of her comfort zone. My homie Cass was the one that introduced me to NYC’s Love Letters. And I’ve only seen her with different variations of that color. Say what?! Friends don’t let friends stick to the same boring colors. Every now and then you have to spice it up. Am I right or am I right?

Soooo, I forced asked Cass to try out O.P.I.’s Gargantuan Green.


Hotness, right? It looks like her nails are glowing. And she loved it. See…every now and then you have to switch it up.

Are you a same ole same ole nail polish gal or do you like to rock allll kinds of colors?

Sista Showoff: Chocolate Brides


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.

Okay y’all….I ain’t gettin’ married anytime soon but am I sucker for loving to see other folx happy and in love?

Okay maybe, but I don’t care because love is a beautiful thing. I love weddings. One of the best things about the weddings are the wedding photos. Ohmigoooodness, don’t they just melt your heart? Even if you don’t know the folx in the photos, you can’t help but feel happy for the couple.

Twitter, once again, has introduced me to a fabulous website.

ChocolateBrides.com

ChocolateBrides.com is a community of brown brides and newlyweds. Whether you need dress advice or support on loosing weight for the big day, CB has you covered! Just scrolling the sight makes me all happy day-ish. They’ve got articles on how to ease wedding jitters, photos of wedding parties and a slew of wedding ideas.

This so makes me want to get married tomorrow.

Okay, I’m kidding. But if you are a bride or know a bride or think you’re about to be a bride (hehe), stop by ChocolateBrides.com.

…..and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding so I can catch the bouquet.

Hahaha, I’m kidding!

No really, I am. :)

Because love is a beautiful thang,

Sista Show-Off: This Is Glam


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This is Glam! Oh yeah…such hotness!

This is Glam, Q3030’s gift to the urban fashionista is set to not only to be the leader in defining urban trends, but to also elevate viewers understanding of what’s haute and what’s not! Each week, Ivirlei Brookes, host and head glam girl in charge will serve up fashion and styling tips, sure to make us all ready to be a part of her glam squad. This is Glam celebrates urban style and individuality like no other show has done before.

Ivirlei Brookes, the brainchild behind This is Glam, says the show will combine entertainment with practical instruction. According to Ivirlei style comes from within and is a form of self expression…”style is what you tell the world without saying a single word!” While her audience previews the latest in peep-toe booties and access celebrity interviews, they will also learn to how mix and match, rock a hat, and better flatter their body types. Fashion +Style =This is Glam.
If you’re ready for ICON status, Ivirlei and This is Glam will not only give you the “how-to,” she’s giving viewers their certified “GLAM” pass.

Wait….did you say “how-to”?

Click the photo below to get a snippet of one of their beauty how-to’s.


This Is Glam debuts on November 16th. Stay tuned!

Sista Show-Off: Operation Beautiful


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When I was a little girl my Mommy called me “Mary Sunshine”. I was always that annoyingly perky child with a gapped tooth smile.

Guess what?

I STILL get called Mary Sunshine. I’m not going to pretend like I live in a world of sprinkles, rainbows and cupcakes but having a positive attitude is a MUST for me. It is a way of life and I firmly believe in spreading positive vibes.

Reader Claire from England (hi honey!) put me on to a website called OperationBeautiful.com. The mission behind OpBeau is to end “Fat Talk” by leaving inspirational messages any and everywhere. It’s that simple. Something this simple can change someone’s mind or their perspective. Or even their life.

We NEED messages like this. After getting inspired at the thought of inspiring, I spent some time writing little notes like this…

….and this


…and this


I have about 20 or so in my purse and at any given moment, I’ll post them anywhere. In public restrooms, on treadmills in my gym….shoot, even the grocery store!


The best part about leaving these notes isn’t feeling amazing because you’ve done something nice—it’s watching the look on people’s faces when they’ve read the note.

I am so thankful for the Founder of Operation Beautiful. Catlin has started a mission that is rapidly spreading alllll over the world. I am proud to join her and the hundreds of other ladies who have participated in Operation Beautiful.

I say you try it, family. We really need a movement like this.

Kudos to you, Catlin!

Sista Show-Off: Funlayo from AseIre.com


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Greetings CoM sistas!

I’m ‘Funlayo (pronounced “Foon-lah-yo,” it means, “She was given to me to cherish” in Yoruba) and I’m elated that Brittany has given me a chance to share with you all just a little of what I have learned – and am still learning – on my journey. One of my favorite organizations, DeAlmas Women’s Collective (check them out!) uses the slogan “The Feminine Spirit: Empowerment from the Inside/Out” and I believe that beauty, like empowerment is something that has to come from the inside and shine out. You can be as pretty, made up, smelling good, hair looking tight as you want but if you don’t work on your inner beauty too, you’re only doing half the job.

I want to use “Inside Out” to share nuggets of wisdom to help develop INNER beauty and to recommend products that I like to help enhance OUTER beauty. I’m a low maintenance lady but there are some products I absolutely love and I’m looking forward to sharing those with you! This is gonna be fun!

Since we’re talking about beauty, it seems fitting to open with this quote by Sally Field who said: “It took me a long time to not judge myself, through someone else’s eyes.” Seeing ourselves through our own eyes is a struggle for many of us – particularly us brown girls who have been told that our hair is too nappy, noses and lips too big, hips to wide and skin too dark to be considered beautiful. But ladies: we ARE beautiful in all of our glory! We don’t have to adhere to anyone’s standards but our own; we don’t need anyone to validate our beauty. All we need is confidence in the fact that we are perfect and beautiful just the way we are.

Affirmation:
I am beautiful because I say so! I see myself through my own eyes, not anyone else’s.

Now that we’ve worked on the inside, you know what I like to use to enhance my outer beauty? Bronzer! Brittany loves bronzers and so do I – they give your skin such a lovely, natural-looking glow that’s especially great for summer and that will help you keep that lovely sun-kissed summer look through the fall.”. My choice is Wet n’ Wild MegaPump Bronzzer in Brazilian Bronze #989 . It goes on smooth and gives me the perfect glow with just a touch of shimmer. It’s available at most drug stores and, at around $3, the price is definitely right.

‘Til next time, ladies! Peace, blessings and beauty – inside and out!

‘Funlayo is a priestess, historian and professional writer. Visit her new site www.AseIre.com for positive vibes and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate! Contact her at Funlayo@AseIre.com.

Sista Show-Off: DailyWorth.com


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
Stop where you are!!
Put down the lipgloss.
Do you REALLY a 18th bottle of lotion? I mean sure it smells good and it is on sale, but do you need it?
This 18-second video is SO dead on.


You know it’s true. At 24, I am discovering that my spending habits now will affect my financial future. I am cognizant and love the daily “nudge” I get from DailyWorth.com.

About Daily Worth:
“Dailyworth.com is a free daily financial newsletter written by and for women. Did you know that women are chronically under-earning and under-saving? Women are often willing to work for 1/3 the price that their male competitors charge – and to add to that, most of the financial resources on the web don’t speak the language that we can understand.

Dailyworth.com was created specifically to give women the tools to help them earn what they’re worth and generate their own wealth through savings.
Our newsletter has taken out the boring numbers talk from finance and made it fun and easy to understand. The emails are short, punchy and directly to the point.”
Now that’s my kind of newsletter! And the emails are colorful and witty. See!

So while some of the emails are little motivators, others are real life tips that we can apply to our financial lives.

Hop to it, sisters! Debt isn’t a good look on anyone and saving is really what’s hot.
Let me know what you think!

Sista Showoff: FaceDrama Cosmetics

Hello fellow clumpers, it’s Tamar! I would like to welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series we like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses or organizations. Let us feature you! Shoot me an email at tamarforclumps@gmail.com.

When I think about buying makeup I think about companies that I see everyday. Recently my eyes have been opened to a world of makeup companies that have women behind them that made big dreams come true for themselves! Today I’m featuring a woman that is making a name for herself in the beauty world.

Keka, CEOand Founder of FaceDrama Cosmetics

I got a chance to ask her a few questions so we can get the scoop on what she’s all about….

1. What made you decide to start your own cosmetics company?

I started my own makeup company because as a make up artist, I invested money into other’s businesses and the products weren’t necessarily good. As makeup artists, we have tricks to make things work when products aren’t what we thought they’d be and when minorities are involved, it becomes doubly difficult. I thought, “Why not create my own line?” I created my own line so that I’d be in control of what I produced and , most importantly, it would have enough pigment for darker skin!

2. What inspires you?

The strength and beauty of my ancestors, my mami, my sister, my daughter, and my niece inspire me.

3. Where do you see FaceDrama in 5 years?

In 5 years, Face Drama will be a viable force in the makeup industry. We will be recognized internationally for our great products, our service in the community, creative campaigns, and our representation of all women!

4. What is the best makeup tip you can give COM readers?

The best tip I can give your readers is- find what works for them. Makeup trends are great but a true icon creates her own trends and personal style. So if you look hot rocking a bold red lip, let that be your signature! Don’t be afraid to be who YOU ARE.

5. What is the one product that you can’t leave the house without?

You know I’m not leaving leaving my house without mascara and something pretty on my lips.

6. When and where can we purchase your products?

Nationally the products aren’t available as of yet but I have been selling them in the Detroit (where I’m from). I will be taking online advanced orders in about a week or so. I just finished shooting my national campaign so I had to wait until that was done to actually launch the site. I have been sending samples, though so if the readers leave their contact info @ www.facedrama.com or email facedramacosmetics@yahoo.com- we will get back to them. I can’t keep all this fabulousness to Detroit, only!

EDIT: The products are now available online

7. What advice can you give women trying to venture out and start a business?

The best advice that I can give a woman starting her own business is- don’t be afraid to succeed. Many times, we talk ourselves out of being successful. All successful people started big…. Baby steps are for who they are named after- babies! Come out running in your stilettos!

Now I want to share with you a few pictures of the makeup

The packaging is so sophisticated!

I have two lipsticks in Hot mama (Sexy Red), Loot (Bronze) and 1 Gloss ware in Mary Berry ( Pinkish brown with a hint of gold)

My camera doesn’t capture the essence of the products! I’m working on that though. Did I mention the gloss taste like chocolate cake?

I have two eyeshadow pots in Sugar Cookie (resembles a sugar cookie with sparkle) and Smoldering (Think black Licorice). The shadow is very pigmented and stays on ALL day without creasing!

I really love these products! I have even started to wear the lipstick and I have always been a gloss type of girl! What I love the most is how personable Keka is! She cares about your needs and it really does matter to her if you like the product! So go check her out over at FaceDrama.com! Leave her comments, questions or concerns in the comment section and she will answer you back!!

Keep It Clumping,

Tamar

Sista Show-Of: Jewelry Makin’ beauty bloggers


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

There is something special about jewelery makers. And even something more special about wearing jewelery was made just for you. These following blog sisters of mine are also gettin‘ their hustle on by skillfully making jewelery!

Sarah at Moto Jewelry is absolutely darling. Aside from being hilariously witty and corny (like me…hehe), she puts together darling earrings, bracelets and necklaces.


How sweet are these?


And these….

And that?


Simply elegant. The bracelet is stunning. I have gotten so many compliments on it.

And then there’s Yolanda at Naturally Newbie. She makes gorgeous parrot earrings. I love these! Give her your color choices and she will whip you up somethin‘ uniquely yours.


These are great for short-haired ladies like myself who want to make a bit of a statement.

Check out the sites of both ladies. Tell them Brittany from Clumps sent you!!