Natural Beauty: Why Castile Soap rocks my socks….

I am going to start featuring more natural product reviews on Clumps of Mascara. I mean, it only makes sense! Natural products are staples in my home and very rarely do I show them love here on the blog. That changes today!

Have I told y’all how much I love castile soap?


I buy the different fragrances and different sizes and I just LOVE them.


Please tell me you know what Castile soap is? It’s just that! Soap. And it’s all natural. I ain’t playin‘….check out the ingredients.


It looks like regular liquid soap when poured out.

Add a few drops of water and what do you get? Soapy goodness!


Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has 18 uses. Okay, sooo…I haven’t found all 18 but I’m using castile soap daily!

-I wash my hair with it (Peppermint or Tea Tree)
-I clean my bathroom and kitchen with it. (Unscented)
-I wash my face with it (Lavender or Almond)
-I clean my make-up brushes with (Unscented)
-I remove stains with it (Unscented)
-I use it as a body wash (Almond or Citrus)
-I have used it as a toothpaste..but giiirl, don’t swallow it (Peppermint)

I have developed a great love affair with castile soap. This is one product that I can not leave home without when traveling.

You can find out more about castile soap here. If you are looking to incorporate more natural products in your lifestyle, castile soap is a must have. And it pretty affordable and easy to find. They are popping up at drugstores and I have known to find some at Target stores. But of course they can easily be found at natural food stores and markets like Wild Oats, Whole Foods and Trader’s Joe.

Want to know more about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps? Or interested in purchasing it online?
Click here.

Lather up, mamas!

Honey Pot: Mascara Winner & BeautyTicket.com Reminder


Hey chicas! Someone’s Friday is going to get a little bit better!
Remember THIS Mascara Monday where I reviewed Revlon DoubleTwist Volumizing mascara? Oh yeah, girl…..I SO wasn’t diggin’ that mascara. Many of you questioned why I even gave it a “2” when it really deserved a “1”. True, true…but I liked the uniqueness of a wand. Whether it worked or not is another story.

I digress….

One lucky lady will win this mascara and provide us with her own written review (with pictures). I am excited to get a mascara review from a different point of view. According to random.org the winner is:

!!Mary Joyce!!

Congratulations, darling…shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com and we’ll get that mascara to you. Can’t WAIT to see your review.

I still have one more giveaway going on. Click HERE to get details.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.

Foundation

*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688-First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.


Contest Winner & Another giveaway!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for….the Contest winner for the Karmin Titanium Hair iron.

Congratulations to….

ANNIE!!

If you didn’t win, you can still use the the coupon codes at MyHairStylingTools.com.

MASCARA25 – Good for $25 off any Karmin Titanium Hair straightener

&

MASCARA10- Good for $10 off any item on site

Thank you all for your entries and wonderful comments! I read each and every one of them.. and since I love my ClumpsOfMascara.com readers SO much, I’ve got another giveaway for you. Raise your hand, boys and girls if you remember my Rx for Brown Skin post.

Tis the season for giving and stick your hand in the honey pot for your chance to win:

  • Rx for Brown Skin Bright and Even Exfoliating Kit ($75 value)
  • Rx for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum ($36 value)
  • Rx for Brown Skin Body Butter ($27 value)

Yes, close your mouth now and ENTER!! How can you snag this? By subscribing to Clumps of Mascara. What does this mean? Enter your email address in the little box to the left that looks like this…


Subscribing to Clumps of Mascara ensures that you get an email each and every time I update the site! Ain’t that just great? Make sure that your email address is correct. Don’t be givin’ me no bogus email accounts. Hmm mmm….I know how some of yall think. LOL! If you are already subscribed, then do no more. Your entry is in! If you are not sure if I have your email address on file, shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com to double check. This contest is only for US subscribers and ENDS on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12midnight PST.

Good luck and happy holidays to all!!

Stay beautiful,

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My First Video & Photo Tutorial: For my newbies!

[NOTE]: I’ve been getting so many submissions for the Stila Lipstick contest and in the process of reading them all. I will post winning entries tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, chicas!

This is a big day in Clumps of Mascara history. Okay….I’m being a bit dramatic (what else is new? HA!) but I am really excited to showcase my first ever tutorial. I have had sooooo many requests to do one “on a newbie” level and I am finally getting around to it.

But that doesn’t mean yall need to get spoiled and start requesting that I do them every week. Tuts are hard work and I admire the ladies that do them on a regular. LOL, I’m going to try do what I can.

This look is a quick neutral eye from a Stila trio that I received. It’s great because the highlighting color, lid color and crease color are all RIGHT there in the pot. So I thought it would be easy to showcase it. [NOTE]: This tutorial is for those who are still confused on color placements. I was not going for perfection here, folx…just showing where each color should go.

So let’s get started…

How pretty is this trio?

[LEFT] Highlight
[CENTER] Crease color
[RIGHT] Lid color

Brushes Used:
Highlight-MAC 275SE
Lid application-Studio Tools brush (Target)
Crease application-MAC 222
Blending-Sonia Kashuk brush (Target)


First we start with priming our lids. This will ensure long-lasting eyeshadow and minimal crease. A must for me since I have heavy (or hooded) eyelids.

I like to start with the highlighter up under the brow first. Some folx do the highlighter last but do what works for you.

It looks a little crazy now but I’m going to come back and blend it nice later. BTW, my primer is all over the place. I forgot to smooth those edges out. Opps! Clumps of Mascara strikes again. LOL @ the brows. Bad brows is like my trademark, yall. Seriously…

I took a flat brush and now I’m going to start applying my lid color RIGHT ON the lid…..just below my crease.

See….
Now we take the crease color…..
And apply it riiiight on the crease.
Optional step….I also like to apply my crease color on the on the outer V of my eye too. Like this..


Time to blend my crease and highligher color together. I use a fluffy brush for this…
And there we gooooo……


That was actually very painful to upload. LOL! The video is actually a lot more pleasant to watch, if I do say so myself.

Yaaaay, thanks for the emails. I’ll leave the tutorials to the YouTube pros. Taking pictures AND doing a video is like a part time job. But it was fun. Tell me what you thiiiiiink. Click the link below to visit the video.


Eyeshadow for newbies tutorial

Peace and happiness, my beautiful people!

Sista Sites Series: F-Blogs and Mascara Monday “you decide”.

Sista Sites


My Sista Sites are one of those series that I tend to forget about. Opps….. But I promise to do a better job. I just checked out my Google Reader subscriptions and realized that I am subscribed to 75 blogs or websites!! That’s a lot. Obviously those blogs interest me in some way so what better way to show them how much I love them than by tootin’….uhhh…their horn.

Yeah.

This edition of Sista Sites showcase blogs that begin with the letter “F”.
Random, I know…

  • Fab Vixen: This lovely lady from Memphis incorporates many different elements of her blog, which I love! One minute she’s talking about money management and the next….fab summer dresses. Either way, I’m tuning in!
  • Facepaint 101: The author of this blog defines beautiful. Seriously. Suzie C’s skin is just absolutely divine, as are her make-up skills. She also happens to find the best NYX products. *pouts* No faiiiir.
  • Fashion Devotee: I have never met someone so more obsessed with fashion than my friend, Ari. Gotta admit…chick is pretty fly. And doesn’t hesitate to tell me when I’m not matching. She has bits and pieces of that fabulousness that she showcases on her blog. Not to mention…she is a wonderful friend! Love you, sis!
  • Forty is the New 20: Mrs. PBW is like that Aunt who’s house you visit and never want to leave. And she won’t make you feel bad about it either. I love the reviews of beauty products she gives us. And her honesty is refreshing. I feel all special anytime I see a comment from her; she’s a published author, yall!

I’ve got at least 8 mascara reviews comin’ up. But these have been the top 2 requested babies. I’ve decided to override the make-up probation (just this once, I’ve been good, Lady PO) and start testing them out. Which should I review first?

THIS ONE:


OR THIS ONE:


YOU DECIDE!

The Above Painting is one of my favorites. The piece is called “Rhythm” by Keith Mallett.

[image source: www.itsablackthang.com]

A Tag & A giveaway!

I have a few enormous treats for yall this evenin’….but first I was tagged by the beautiful and talented PBW. Here we goooo…

The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Being bullied in the 7th grade. Yes, it’s true. So sad. Remind me to blog about that in Rantings of a Rebella.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?

Write some articles for Clumps of Mascara, watch these videos for class, draft some questions for class, cook dinner and take a jog.

3. Snacks I enjoy: Kix, Teddy Grams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, dried cranberries, yogurt raisins, granola bars, etc.

4. Places I’ve lived: Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa, Los Angeles and Orlando.

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans, buy a car (but only b/c mine is 10 years old and I think I deserve a new one), quit my job, make some travels (namely African countries, India and the South Pacific), donate to breast cancer, feed the homeless….. My car would be the only thing I actually purchase for me. I’d want to do for others.

6. People I want to know more about: No one really. Shooot, I’m still trying to know more about myself.

I’m taggin’…..Habitual Beauty, Lipstick Bitches, Miss Whoever-You-Are, both of my gals at Virtuous Blue and Suzi C from Facepaint 101.

Get on it ladies…..look what’s to come with the new site!!! It’ll be here before you know it!


Do you like it? Is it not me or what? The retro 70’s flowers, the chic shades, my girl with the fro and luscious lips? Wait….is that me? Haha, probably.

To kick off this early anniversary present for Clumps of Mascara, I decided to do a giveaway of a product I just received.

Revitalash promises to give you beautifully long lashes within weeks. I hope it works because Lord knows my lashes are a hot mess. Hence my reason for Mascara Monday. Think this is something you would be interested in testing with me?

Reply to this post (or by emailing me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com) telling me why you think your lashes are jacked up. Best response wins!

Ohhh….and just to make it fair, I’ll let my Mom choose the best entry. I’ll be seeing her this weekend.

Deadline for this giveaway is this upcoming Sunday. That’s June 1st. Good luck, ladies!


THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR CLUMPS OF MASCARA BEGINS NOW!!!