Happy Thanksgiving ’09!


Happy Thanksgiving, Clumps of Mascara family. I can’t express to you all enough how grateful I am for every visit, every comment and every email.

Thank you so much for the love and support. For those celebrating, have a great one!

 

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Maybelline ColorSensational: The Mini-Series!

After attending the fabulous Maybelline ColorSensational event, it only makes sense that I highlight some of these gorgeous lippies, right? So I’ve decided to do a mini-series on a color from each individual shade once a week.


That’s right! I’ve got representatives from Red, Naturals, Plums and Pinks checkin’ in. How fly do they look?

Oh wow…let’s get a close-up.


A beautiful line-up, uh? I even brought their sidekicks….The Corresponding Gloss Crew!


Stay tuned for reviews and swatches! If there is anything specific you would like to know about these babies, just let me know and I’ll include that in the review.

Stay tuned!

Macy’s BELIEVE campaign and giveaway!

Macy’s Day Parade 2007

Macy’s never ceases to amaze me. From shopping there on a regular to loving the Macy’s Day parade…I can’t help but love a department store that gives back.

Who remembers New York Sun’s famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial from 1897 ? I can’t say that I do but on December 11th at 8 pm E.T., CBS will premiere the original animated series called “Yes Virginia”.


Yes I WILL be watching. I am an enormous Holiday cheer spreadin’ kind of gal so this is right up my alley. Aaaand…..Macy’s is going to donate a $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter received in “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country.


That’s beautiful!! Macy’s is giving me the opportunity to give TWO lucky readers 1 $25 gift certificate each. You can treat yourself or use it as a stocking stuffer.

One reader will be selected from the Clumps of Mascara’s fan page and the other from Twitter.

To get your entries in on Facebook, join the page and leave a message saying you want to win the Macy’s gift card.

To get your entries in on Twitter, just follow me and tweet me the same thing!

No entries will be accepted after Friday, November 27th at 12:00 a.m. EST and this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Good luck!!!

The Official Nail Polish 101 post

My YouTube family has been been requesting this post/video for quite some time now. It’s true…..I love nail polishes. Like, a lot. So I guess it was high time for me to talk about nail polish in general. But I didn’t just ramble in this video. I had a list and I stuck to it!


I talked about different finishes of polishes. Including glitter which I just….SO love.


And I also talked about prices and even wondered if I should come out with my own nail polish color and name.


LOL, I’m kidding. Or am I? Hehe….

Enjoy!


Mascara Monday: Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara

Here’s a mascara that was requested ages ago! Now I’ve heard of volume mascaras. And colored mascaras. And waterproof mascaras. But GLOSSY mascaras? I mean shouldn’t “gloss” only be used when talking about lippies? I don’t knowww…let’s see how this train rolls.

Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara


Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.00)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Gel-based formula defines lashes naturally. Lengthens, glosses, enhances. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats.” (source)

The truth: Well, what do ya know? It really is glossy!

What I loved about it: I gave me a good amount of length.

What I didn’t like: But I would have loved more volume.

Overall: When someone first told me that I should try a glossy mascara, I thought they were trying to be funny. I mean, honestly…what does that mean? A mascara with gloss? Uh? Wha? It sounds funny in speech but honestly…..this is a pretty cool mascara.

But you’d have to ask yourself…”When would I ever need to use a glossy mascara?” I couldn’t answer that question. From far away, you really can’t tell the difference between a glossy mascara and an un-glossy one. The silky effect is pretty cool but I guess I don’t see its point.

But who cares? There are a lot of “Uh?” products in the beauty world that I love! Application of this mascara was just so so. The wand was just…well….no me gusta.

It’s just….well, I guess its intentions are to coat and not separate and that’s fine but, hmmm but it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I had to really press the wand up against my lashes to get a good amount of mascara on them.

BUT–after that ordeal, all else was easy as pie. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumpiness. It’s a light weight mascara so it doesn’t make you feel like you have 3 lb weights on your lashes. Cool!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Ummm…not for anyone in particular. I mean, if you happen to grab it, I think you’ll like it. But it’s not a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara?

And when would you ever be in the mood for glosssy lashes? Hmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,


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Beauty…and the Male: Man in the Mirror

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR

Recently, I found it interesting that the undergraduate institution that I attended initiated a dress code. I happen to love my school and when I left college, Morehouse was the only school that I sent my application to. This was primarily because what I SAW or perceived on the campus of the school was professional, mature and well put together.

When most of us think of college, we think of freedom to say, do, and even WEAR what we want. But, my school has adopted about 15 rules of things they prohibit. I won’t bore you with all of them but I will reprint some of them here:

Examples of inappropriate attire and/or appearance include but are not limited to:

-Caps, do-rags or hoods in classrooms, the cafeteria, or other indoor venues. This policy item does not apply to headgear considered as a part of religious or cultural dress.

-Jeans at major programs such as, Opening Convocation, Commencement, Founder’s Day or other programs dictating professional, business casual attire, semi-formal or formal attire.

-Sagging – the wearing of one’s pants or shorts low enough to reveal undergarments or secondary layers of clothing.

-Pajamas, shall not be worn while in public or in common areas of the College.

-Wearing clothing associated with women’s garb (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the campus or at College-sponsored events.

-Additional dress regulations may be imposed upon students participating in certain extracurricular activities that are sponsored or organized by the College.

When I read these rules, I had to think about this for a minute. Most of this stuff SHOULD BE common sense to men. However, apparently they are not. I certainly would have never thought about leaving the house in my pajamas but that appears to be somewhat popular these days. For those that read my previous link on THE FLIP FLOP REVOLUTION (see link), I think this is what I was trying to get at. We’ve relaxed many societal rules. But is relaxing always good? Are men wearing DRESSES to convocation now? Shouldn’t budding college men know better?

Like it or not, perception matters. It’s been proven OVER and OVER again. The “beautiful” make more money, do more things, etc. By no means am I suggesting that we are not ALL beautiful but do we ALL take the time to enhance that beauty?

Ultimately, I think that when we want to do better, it is incumbent upon us to look at the man (or woman) in the mirror and determine if the way that we are dressed is the way that we want to be perceived by others. If the answer is NO, then I suggest we see the above list. Feel free to post this in your closet if necessary!

Until next time,

KP

More about Kenneth:

Kenneth D. Pratt Esq. is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, and sports.

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Giveaway Winner! Stila’s ‘Step Out & Shine Kit’

Thank you all for your entries and for checking out BeautyTicket.com. Even if you don’t win, I BET that you’ll be heading back that site to snag some of your favorite beauty goodies on the low. Sign up for the newsletter like I do. You’ll get one email a week telling you about the newest products on the site. Loves it!!

I got a good 130+ entries for this giveaway. But only one can win. Drumroll please….

And the winner iiiiiis……

Dixie

Congratulations, darling! Email me stat so we can get your kit out to you. Don’t fret non-winners. I have not one, not two but THREE more giveaways coming up.

Stay tuned and enjoy the weekend!

Giveaway Winner! Stila’s ‘Step Out & Shine Kit’

Thank you all for your entries and for checking out BeautyTicket.com. Even if you don’t win, I BET that you’ll be heading back that site to snag some of your favorite beauty goodies on the low. Sign up for the newsletter like I do. You’ll get one email a week telling you about the newest products on the site. Loves it!!

I got a good 130+ entries for this giveaway. But only one can win. Drumroll please….

And the winner iiiiiis……

Dixie

Congratulations, darling! Email me stat so we can get your kit out to you. Don’t fret non-winners. I have not one, not two but THREE more giveaways coming up.

Stay tuned and enjoy the weekend!