Lil’ Kim shows how not to wear blush…


Now y’all know it’s not in my nature to ridicule the beauty and fashion choices of celebrities. Or anyone really. I’m too busy trying to work on my own choices. HA! But Lil’ Kim just makes it way too easy. She is one of the reasons why I think many brown girls don’t think they can wear blush.

Hmmm mmmmm, I’ve heard it too.

“I don’t want to wear blush and look like Lil’ Kim.”
Come on, y’all. One glance at Lil’ Kim’s cheeks and it doesn’t take a professional make-up artist to know that she fails to blend. She applies the blush in a quick strip and moves on. FAIL, my sista. FAIL.
Apply your blush with a light hand and blend blend blend!
It really is that simple. Check out my Blush Application post and video here. And her brows? Well that those bad boys are for another post for another day. Kim? I’m gon keep praying for you, sista.

Have any blush tips? Share!


Happy Martin Luther King Day 2010!


In the USA, today is an observed holiday known as Martin Luther King Day. For years I have celebrated this holiday by participating in programs, parades and simply honoring the gentleman that paved the way for all people in the great U.S.A. It isn’t a day of rest for me but a day of remembrance and appreciation. While Clumps of Mascara is a beauty blog, I love incorporating a little history too.

Y’all know I’m a nerd. :)

To read about Martin Luther King and his impact in American life, click here. And if you really want an in depth history lesson about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement, watch the Eyes on the Prize series. You can find them in libraries or the neo-library known as YouTube. Here’s one video. Enjoy!


Knowledge is beauty!

FOTD Friday: Tarte’s Treasure box


My totally awesome and amazing friend got me this highly coveted Tarte treasure box for my birthday. I mean…WOW! I saw fellow beauty bloggers rave up and down about this box during the holidays but I could never even saw it in stores. And it sold out hella fast online. Crystal from Lip Gloss Gossip snagged one too and has great swatches.

So imagine my surprise when I tore open Hello Kitty wrapping paper to find this!


The treasure chest retailed for $52 and has…

16 shimmer eye shadows…

16 matte eye shadows…


16 lipglosses


…and a bronzer, highlighter and 4 blushes.


Wow is right. And of course the shadows have the intense pigment that you would expect from Tarte. While I’ve always struggled with matte eye shadows, I wanted to push my luck with Tarte’s. While some were a little chalky….


Others suited me just fine.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Tarte lighter pink blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hip cream paint in Witty

Neutral matte shadow (lid)
Darker brown matte shadow (outer-V)
Navy blue matte shadow (crease)
Bronzer (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Tarte gloss. Loves this!


….and the look as I walk down the steps.


Am I the only one that puts my cell phone in my bra? HA!




Look! I made a bump-it out of my locs.


Hahaha! Yes, it’s funny. :)

Anywhoovers, I really like this treasure box by Tarte. If it pops up for sale again in the near future I’ll be sure to let y’all know. I still need to practice with my matte application though. *sigh*


Have a fabulous weekend,

Help for Haiti


As most of you know the country of Haiti has suffered a massive earthquake leaving many of the residents in bad shape. I have yet to view any pictures or television footage. I just can’t. My heart is literally breaking at the thought of so many of my close friends loosing family members. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you who have loved ones in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora.

Yesterday my girl Luvvie tweeted about Yele.org; Wycleaf Jean’s earthquake fund. A few clicks and you can donate any amount you choose. After spreading the word about Yele Haiti, several other bloggers jumped on board and placed the banner on their blogs. Several of us have tweeted and told our Facebook fam about these efforts too.

I want y’all to know that I have donated and will continue to give what I can and will continually support this mission. I hope that you do too. If you are a fellow blogger or have a website and would like a link to that banner, send me an email at: Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Map preye pou nou!

Beauty Review: Clarisonic Mia Face brush


Finally!

It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! I am excited to review the Clarisonic. I’ve it bragged it enough in my YouTube videos so it’s about time, right? This is going to be a picture heavy post so brace thy self. I’ll do this review by posing questions. I think this will be the best way to really get across how awesome the Clarisonic is. Click the jump to read on!



What are the other Clarisonic face brushes like?

The Clarisonic Mia face brush is the baby of group. Its older siblings include the Classic, which retails for $199 and the Plus which retails for $225. I haven’t used the big boys but the main difference, other than price, are the speeds. The Mia only has 1 speed whereas the Classic has 2 and the Plus has 3. If you are stuck on which Clarisonic to purchase, the website has an awesome comparison chart here.

How much is the Clarisonic Mia? Are there any ways to get it cheaper?

I was ECSTATIC when the Mia made its debut. It retails for $149 but I purchased it for 20% off thanks to a Sephora Friends & Family sale. That’s almost $30 off! If you really want to make this investment, but the price is hurting you–wait for a sale. Also, QVC sells the Classic and you can make 3 installments. Find out more about that here. You can also get it from Sephora and Ulta. I highly suggest purchasing from Sephora because they have a great return policy. I know the Clarisonic Mia is pricey but my skin (even in all of its craziness) is worth it.

Okay, so what does the Clarionic Mia do?
Here’s what the back of the box says…

And according to the website,

* Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
* Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
* Cleanses so well that products absorb better
* Gentle enough for twice daily use
* Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
* Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
(source)

What comes in the Clarisonic Mia box?


Inside you will find the system with a sensitive brush head, a charger and a 1 oz. sample of Gentle Hydro cleanser. I chucked that. You can use the Clarisonic with cleanser you choose. Inside the box is also a ton of valuable information about how often to charge (after 20 minutes of use) and ways to care for your your brush head and handle.

The Clarisonic Mia looks REALLY small. How big is it?
Since I have never owned the Classic, I can’t do a side by side comparison but I think the Mia is a great size.


It fits right in your hand. I have since played with the Classic in stores and it just feels bulkier and not as easy to control as the Mia. The Mia is also travel friendly and relatively lightweight.

How do you charge the Mia?
The Classic and the Pro both have cradles. The Mia, however, has a charger. The charger simply goes into the wall and connects at the bottom of the handle.


It’s pretty cool, actually. Align the holes up and the charger magnetically snaps into place with the handle.


How do you turn the Mia on? Is there a timer? Any bells and whistles?

The Mia turns on with a press of its only button.

Once this button is pressed, it will automatically turn off in 1 minute. It doesn’t beep or say “ta da” or anything like that. Remember, the Mia only has one speed so if you press this button again (after you’ve already turned it on), it will turn off.

How does the brush head feel? Is it okay for sensitive skin?


The sensitive brush head feels just find on my skin. I don’t find it to be too abrasive or harsh at all. Clarisonic brushes use sonic technology and are gentle on the skin. The bristles don’t dig into your skin rather they oscillate which actually feels good. Everyone’s skin is different so if you have extremely sensitive skin, perhaps using the Clarisonic only in one area on your face would be best; just to see how your skin will react.

The brush in action….


How does the Clarisonic Mia compare to Pretika’s face brush?


The Mia is MUCH better. Granted Pretika’s face brush is only $24.99 and it was “okay” when I used it. However, when I used the Mia my skin looked and felt different in a matter of weeks. This wasn’t the case with the Pretika and I used that for a good 3-4 months. Would I recommend the Pretika for those who don’t want to splurge on the Clarisonic Mia? Sure. But if you want the best for your skin…save your pennies (Lord knows it took me months…lol) and get the Clarisonic. See obvious differences between the two in my video here.

Okay, what’s the bottom line? Did the Clarisonic Mia work for you?
Absolutely!!! My skin has never looked better. I know that sounds cliche, but I mean it. My skin has changed completely and I attribute it to the Clarisonic Mia. I can’t even say diet, exercise and vitamins. Those have all been a part of my life for quite some time and my skin was STILL a mess. The Clarisonic Mia, along with visits to the dermatologist and skin tone correctors have really changed my skin. See my before and after pictures here.

The lengthy but very detailed video review…

Well y’all…told you it was a jam packed post. Between this post and the video, I think I have covered everything inquiring minds may want to know about the Clarisonic.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have one? Want one? Not sold on it yet?

Tell me!

Run to your nearest CVS cosmetics’ aisle now!


What you see in the above photo are some INSANE deals I got at CVS. Maybe they are cleaning up their cosmetics’ departments or maybe they’re just being friendly…who knows and who cares. All I know is some of my favorite drugstore goodies are 75% off! I mean wow…

L’Oreal HIP duos ended up being $1.99. That’s $6.00 off!
Milani quads were $1.75. Saved me $5.24!

Of course, I don’t need all of that stuff. I purchased them for random giveaways. Stay tuned. I’m headed to the Clumps of Mascara Facebook page first!

Have you found any sales at your neighborhood CVS? Do tell!

Carol’s Daughter, Princess and the Frog event

This post is oh so late. Please excuse me, darlings.

Back in November of 2009 (like that was eons ago, ha!) I had the pleasure of attending a Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog event in Atlanta. I LOVE me some Atlanta so it was nothing for me to take a little road trip up North.

If you didn’t know, Carol’s Daughter came out with limited edition products featuring Disney’s Princess and the Frog. See!


I know…sooooo cute, right? The set (retails for $30.50) includes a shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath for the little princess in your life.

I made it to Lenox Square Mall that cold and rainy November day just in time to see Lisa Price, the creator of Carol’s Daughter, mix up a little somethin-somethin right before our eyes.

Using salt, an essential oil blend (jojoba, rosemary, clary sage, etc), peppermint and tapioca pearls, Lisa made an amazing body scrub. We were all able to take some home and of course after I used all of mine, I made some of my own.

Loves it!

I was able to score a few seconds with Lisa in which we talked about the difficulties of transitioning from permed hair to natural hair.


She spoke about the importance of using the right products for your hair while going through that transition. Unfortunately our time was cut short and I SO didn’t get through my list of questions and to be around such an esteemed womanpreneur in her own stomping grounds was quite the honor. And I saw many ladies with beautiful locs, afros, twists and curls! Special love to Tamera who noticed me from Clumps of Mascara.

Don’t forget to grab that Princess and the Frog ‘Magical Beauty Gift Set’ before it sells out.

And have you seen the Princess and the Frog yet? Y’all know I did. It was only THE best Disney movie of all time for me. Well, it’s actually neck in neck with The Lion King but yeah….it was GREAT!

More Carol’s Daughter reviews:
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir
Loc Butter

Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Yay to the first mascara review of 2010! I had a wonderful experience with Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume mascara back in the day. Is Healthy Length just as good?

Hmm…..

Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.99 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This breakthrough formula with rice protein instantly extends lashes, while nourishing and strengthening lashes to allow them to grow to their fullest potential.” (per packaging)

The truth:
Hmm….not bad.

What I loved about it: This mascara uses what’s called the “Clean Lash Brush”. Per the packaging it “provides a smooth, clump-free application by combing through lashes from root to tip, for outstanding definition and beautiful length”. I don’t know about all of that but it was great with separating my wonky lashes.

And I don’t know if it’s a defect or not but my wand has a gangsta lean to it. I kinda like it though. It makes applying easier.


What I didn’t like: It does flake a bit which is no bueno for contact wearers.

Overall: Well, Neutrogena has won my heart again! They simply come out with really good mascaras. And it’s so unexpected because when you think of mascara brands, you don’t necessarily think of Neutrogena. Let’s talk about the GREATs of this mascara.

It’s build-able: Some people really desire this in a mascara. While it’s not a must for me, I can appreciate the mascara that is such. Healthy Length will look just fine with one coat and it looks even better with 4 coats. Thanks to the great wand, you won’t experience any clumping.

It’s soft: This mascara just doesn’t feel heavy on the lashes. I love that! In fact, it almost feels like your natural lashes.

The packaging ain’t lyin': Look at this…

Isn’t that grand? I’ve seen SO many mascaras that claim to give you 100x your natural length. LOL…or 80% longer lashes. WTF does that mean? I don’t know. But thank you Neutrogena for keepin’ it real.

This baby did tend to flake a bit but I didn’t notice this until the end of the day and it wasn’t so bothersome that I had to remove it.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Not bad at all!


Would I recommend it?: I would. My lashes got great length and if you’re in the market for a new lengthening mascara, this one isn’t so bad.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,