FOTD Friday: Red is the color of the week!

Happy Friday, fam! Lately I’ve been all over the color red. I’ve been rocking everything from red dress shirts, red pumps (go ‘head Red Pump Project!), red lipsticks and then I went over the top and dyed my hair red. You can see the results of that over at my hair blog Loc Rocker.

It’s so sad. I never know when to stop when it comes to color. Remember when I was obsessed with purple? I ended up dyeing my hair purple then too. Sheesh! Do I have a disorder or somethin’, y’all? HA! Anywhoovers…I ended up doing something I hardly ever do…a red eye!

Now before we go any further, let me explain the horror show that is my brows. Uh…here’s the thing, I’ve decided to grow them up because uh, I want to start a new trend of accepting naturally thick and bushy brows and so—nah, I’m jivin’, y’all. They look like this because I haven’t gone to my threading lady in weeks. But we digress…ha!

Because my red hair dye didn’t take as much as I wanted it to, I decided to go even redder! And not with chemicals this time…but with yarn!

I wrapped bright red yarn around 2 locs and got that pop of red I was looking for. Holla! And as for my red eye,  I pulled out one of my favorite shadows, NARS Emmanuel. Check out the look!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
NARS Dolce Vita blush

EYES:
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty

Urban Decay primer potion
NARS Emmanuel e/s
MAC Sketch e/s
White shadow from Coastal Scents palette (my review here)
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil
….and a secret mascara that I’m testing for Lancôme

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Lancôme Color Design lipstick in Lucky Kiss

NARS Dolce Vita is a great dusty rose blush. It gives a lil’ somethin’ without going overboard.

Lately I’ve been jammin’ to this…

Boy oh boy…some old skool Outkast is the best!  I’m not the biggest fan of rap/hip-hop but I can get down with with conscious lyrics and sick beats. What have you been jammin’ to these days? And who is this B.o.B guy? When it comes to new music, I so live under one of those rocks. Tragic!

Have a fabulous weekend,

This post contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Bee-haviors: I will only buy ____!!

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

We haven’t done one of these in a while, uh? This idea came from a girlfriend of mine who came over and spent some time rummaging through my make-up collection.

“Gosh B!” she says. “You sure do have a lot of different brands.”

“Uh, yeah…” I reply. “Don’t you?”

She turns and looks at me and says, “Girl, no! I only use ____. They are the greatest. They have the best shadows, liners, lipglosses and foundation. Why would I need to go anywhere else?” 

My look…

Now, I’m not going to tell you which brand she was talking about. I’m sure you’ve already guessed it because like her, I was an obsessed and faithful fan of that brand. And ONLY that brand. It wasn’t until I got heavily involved with blogging and checked out other brands that I realized…um, there are A LOT of good cosmetic companies out there.

I simply don’t have a favorite. How can I? I love Maybelline, YSL, Lancôme and Rimmel mascaras. I love Stila, Clinique, NYX and Illamasqua glosses. I am in love with NARS, Iman and Cargo bronzers. Milani, MAC and Jordana make great lip liners and when it comes to polishes Zoya, China Glaze, Nubar, Sally Hansen, Orly, Diamond Comestics and Nfu-Oh rock! Just how in the world am I supposed to be faithful to one?

So my question to you iiiiis?


Are you faithful to only a handful of beauty brands or will buy anything that catches your eye?

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 4/25/10

Butterflydiary gives you anecdotal evidence of what happens when two beauty products look vaguely similar….

The Beauty Alchemist dazzles with new MAC Superglass

Krasey Beauty explores the new Bobbi Brown Color Strips, and promptly falls in love.

Clumps of Mascara meets Iman!

Diva Debbi gives Jergens Natural Glow Firming a second chance

The Product Pasha chats with Cover FX’s Jenny Frankel about primers and is giving away a Big Cover Up Kit.

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar Risqué Reds collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Nubar really knows how to release collections that make your heard turn. I love how most of their collections have color or formula themes. We’ve seen a collection of greens, mattes, browns (mega rare and unique!) and glitters. When it comes to themed collections, Nubar raises the bar and takes it to a whole ‘notha level.

Now they are bringing us a collection of colors that goes back to home.

Reds!


Enchanting Red is nice. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a red like this but I can dig it.

Fiery Red is more up my alley. It’s one of those “Look at my red nails!” colors. Loves it!

Torrid Red is described as a dark red with pronounced shimmer. It’s not my favorite in the bunch but it’s an awesome fall color.


Seductive Red is a winner in my book. What a flawless magenta-esque red. I love it! Even if it did drag on the cuticles a bit.

Sultry Red is another polish that drags to the cuticles. The formula is a wee bit watery on this baby. Still a nice subdued fire engine red with shimmer.

Sensual Red is my favorite because it is a stunning cream and applied beautifully.

Cabaret Red and Lustful Red are missing but not because I didn’t swatch them but because I got all mixed up when I organized this post. I couldn’t remember which polish was which! It frustrated me to no end. I mean, look at this…

These polishes look so much alike. Sure, one has more magenta in it than the other, but they are so close in color. I would have liked to see red glitter for layering. While I like this collection, I don’t think that all 8 of the polishes are must haves. A good one or two should be just fine.

I did have a few application problems with some of these babies. Some were a little watery; hence the dragging on the cuticles. While it’s not my favorite Nubar collection, I still give mad props to the company for releasing another cool themed collection.

You can buy the collection for $49.95 or purchase them individually for $7.49 here.

Other Nubar collections I’ve reviewed:
Going Green
Modern Mattes
Chocolate Truffles 
Prims 
Sparkles

Your fellow nail polish junkie,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil

Okay seriously…the title of this post is like…way too long. Right? Don’t blame me, loves. Blame Sally Hansen for having a super long product name. But you know what? That’s the only thing I can complain about when it comes to this product.

Seriously, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

Need some quick pros? Okay, check this…

-It doesn’t have any parabens
-It’s affordable ($7.49? Holla!)
-It is waterproof and doesn’t budge. At all. No really. Not at all!


Oh, and did I mention that it is affordable? That’s reason enough to love it. This Natural Beauty collection by Carmindy is really wow-ing me.

Those that know me know well know that I swear by Urban Decay’s liners. And I will never stop loving them. The prices are a little steep but in terms of waterproof liners in a ton of colors that actually STAY put? They deliver! However (don’t you hate when teachers/professors say that? Blah!), these aren’t too bad.

Those are the stats of the liner. It being paraben free is HUGE in my book. If you don’t know about parabens, read this article. I can’t say that ALL of the beauty products I use are paraben-free but owning a liner like this is certainly a step in the right direction.

For $7.49, you get a nice size liner with a smooth tip.

It doesn’t require any special pencil sharpener either. What really impressed me about the pencil is how dark, rich and creamy it is…

Oh la la, right? There was absolutely no tugging on the water line. Check out how it compares to Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero.

And then we did a quick smudge test….

And a water test…

Sally Hansen holds up pretty good, uh?

It’s great, y’all. Great! As far as its availability, you should be able to find it your local CVS and Rite Aid stores. A lot of U.S. Clumps readers have been able to find it so yay to Sally Hansen for having it all over. I just hope that it doesn’t get discontinued like…tomorrow. That would suck. A lot.

Have you tried this liner yet? Have you tried any drugstore liners that rocked your world? Or not so much?

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: Guess how many I’ve reviewed?

Check out one of my tweets from last night…

 It’s true!!

And feel free to count the reviews if you don’t believe me. 😉

If all else fails in this thing called life, I can always say my contribution to (wo)mankind was providing honest mascara reviews. Ha! I’m taking a break this go ’round to get some commentary from you guys.

What’s your absolute FAVORITE mascara? And what’s one that you hate? Are you a dedicated buyer of the same mascara or do you like to buy the newest ones hitting the shelf?  Got any recs, tips or questions for me?

Let me know! I’ll be back next week with the 83rd mascara review.  I think by the time we  hit 100, I should have a massive mascara giveaway. Maybe giving away one a day for a week? Hmm….whatcha think?

Have a great Monday!

FOTD Friday: The Iman and Clumps video

Happy Friday, guys! This week has gone by soooo fast. Like…what happened to Tuesday? Sheesh. I tried to take some pictures of my boring bronze look but um…it was that boring.

Seriously. That’s the most exciting look. I don’t think my face is feeling the camera this week. Ha! I’ll be back next week to showcase bronzed cheeks. In the meantime, check out my recap of my experience at the Iman Cosmetics blogger event.


…and I won’t tell y’all how it took me 503 years to do that video. So much for all that I learned when I was doing video production in college.

Off I go, darlings. I’m packing up to move into another apartment. Wish me luck! Don’t forget to check out the Facebook group for a chance to win some EcoTools goodies.

Have a fabulous weekend!

EcoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set



                                                     Not my car. I rented this darling buttercup for a road trip. 

Happy Earth Day!!!! I hit the road a lot. I’m traveling at least 2-3 weekends out of a month. It may have something to do with finally having a car that is reliable enough to take on the highways and byways. But see…my trips are usually crazy spontaneous. Meaning, I’ll decide on Thursday evening that I want to pack up my car  and head 4 hours South or 9 hours North. To prevent myself from forgetting the necessities, I always have a pre-packed bag. Somethin’ like this…

 Lately I’ve been tossing this inside…

It’s baby EcoTools brushes!

These are darling. They are about an inch smaller than the full size EcoTools brushes.

That makes them big enough to hold and grip when applying make-up but small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or cosmetic bag. Each brush is printed with its name. Oh, you didn’t know that “certain” brushes do certain things? Yes ma’am!

This is great for the make-up newbie! And since we’ve come to expect the best from EcoTools, they don’t skimp in the packaging department either.

 Not a bad buy for $7.99, uh? Oh! And EcoTools has pretty cool tutorials on YouTube now. This one talks about how to achieve the cat eye look.



Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products
EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone 
EcoTools bamboo bronzer brush

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.