50 million pound challenge: Green smoothies are my BFF


I can’t tell y’all how many emails I get about green smoothies. I am SO glad to see this yummy drink become more and more popular. So here it is….the All About Green Smoothies post.

Q: What made you want to start drinking green smoothies?
A: During the summer of 2009 I wanted to try something new diet-wise. I really wanted to start falling in love with vegetables again and incorporate them more in my diet. Sooo…I went on a raw food diet and loved it. I read about green smoothies and fell in love. I love that they are cheap, portable, easy to make, delicious AND provide me more than the daily recommended amount of greens I need.

Q: What makes these things so healthy for you?
A: You’re kidding, right? Green smoothies are nothing but fruits and vegetables–the two kinds of food that most of us don’t eat enough of. I could talk all day about how the health benefits of green smoothies, but this article sums it all up!

Q: Wait…you mean it has vegetables in it? Eww! That means it tastes gross, right?
A: Nope. Thanks to naturally sweet fruits, you really can’t even taste the greens. Some people get turned off by the green color and I don’t know why. Green is beautiful!

Q: How often can you drink them?
A: I drink at least 40 oz of green smoothie a day. My body literally craves them. I put them in washable bottles and sip them in between meals. They are also excellent for breakfast, after a work-out and as a dessert. Oh…and I love them as energy boosters.

Q: Do you need a super pricey and amazingly awesome blender like a VitaMix?
A: Heck no! All of my blenders have been under $50. I’ve gone through 3 in about a year so I should probably invest in a top of the line blender. However…my cheap-self won’t allow me to make the purchase. :( No worries. My current Black & Decker Cyclone is holdin’ it down!

See how it got its name?

Q: How do you make a green smoothie?
A: I knew you’d ask that!

First, do know that there are no rules to making these babies. No measuring is needed. Mix this and add that and you’ve got a green smoothie .Ice and water are the foundation to my green smoothies. Not to mention without them you’ll be drinking what tastes like pureed grass. Trust me on this. And of course you need GREENS. Like kale, for example.


Kale is typically used as a garnish but when blended it provides an insane amount of Vitamin K. I use this and spinach the most. You can also use lettuce, parsley and chard. I tried collard greens once but I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone. *gags*

And then you need fruits!


I ALWAYS add a banana in my smoothies. They seem to do the best job at cutting the veggie taste. Be creative with your fruits. You can use anything in fresh or frozen form. Very rarely do I purchase expensive behind fruits from grocery stores. I like to support fresh fruit markets and go to one every Sunday after church. However, because of the season my market is on hiatus and I’m left to buying fruits from the grocery store. Do you need organic fruits? I guess it’s a personal thing. I always get organic apples because apples are more prone to getting zapped with pesticides with their permeable skin and all. But when it comes to bananas, berries, etc…I say my grace and move on.

Got milk?


I don’t add any milks to my smoothies unless I am making them for a dessert or want a little something special. Rice milk is a rarity for me. I LOVE almond milk but apparently so does everyone else in the world because it is always out of stock when I want it. Coconut milk=heaven. But fatty heaven and for that I only add it in smoothies every now and then. Feel free to use any kind of milk you like. I avoid cow’s and soy milk because they both are no bueño on my tummy.

Where da sugar at?


Adding a bit of sweetness to smoothies is also a rarity. Sometimes the fruits don’t provide enough and this is where additives come in. I only add a bit of raw cane sugar, honey, stevia or agave nectar. Maple syrup works well too but be careful….it is high in calories.

Flavor enhancements?


Some add whey and hemp protein to their smoothies. I haven’t tried either yet but I LOVE cinnamon and ginger. I also add a few drops of Vanilla extract in a smoothie if I really want a nice treat.

A blender full of green smoothie is enough to last me the whole day.


If I am detoxing, I double my intake of green smoothie and drink them in lieu of breakfast and lunch. The great thing about green smoothies is that they can last for a good 2-3 days in the fridge.

That’s it, y’all!

Some of my favorite random recipes include:

Sliced apples (super refreshing)
Strawberries
Banana
Kale

Avocado
Pineapple
Spinach
Coconut milk
Banana
….tastes like a green piña colada. Yum!

Blueberries
Strawberries
Kale/spinach
Pineapple
Almond milk
….full of antioxidants and GREAT for after work-outs.

Happy blending!

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes
Water Water is my friend

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Amor de Lacquer: Sally Hansen is bringin’ it!

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.

So um….have y’all been keeping your eyes on Sally Hansen’s polishes? Lately they have REALLY been surprising me with fabulous colors and collections. I mean…they seriously have something for everyone.

A few weeks ago I was doing my weekly drugstore run when two of their stands literally knocked me over.


Exhibit A…


The colors are insane, y’all. I’ve played around with the wide Insta-Dri brush before and while it takes some getting used to, I can appreciate it. One stroke and your entire nail is covered.

Exhibit B…


Now these seem to be the new kids on the block. What a wonderful debut. That Grass Slipper (cute name) has got to be mine! I love the bottle designs too. But the $7.99 price tag? Not so much. Oh wait….remember when I reviewed the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen collection? I think that this is the same polish but with a new look.

I love the Extreme Wear polishes.


Twisted Pink layered with In The Spotlight run for less than $3 each but they are even cheaper than that with a Walgreens or CVS buy 1, get 1 free sale. Holla!

And then they have the Diamond Strength polishes which is a line that my Grandma and I can both choose from. Mommy’s Mommy in Ohio would probably choose something like Toast of the Town…


Whereas I’d head towards Mon Cherie…


And they have plenty of options in between. Even lovely silver and gold glitters.


I like the Diamond Strength polishes. With extended wear, they really do seem to keep the nails nice and hard with minimal chipping. Gotta love it!

Sally Hansen is really making me smile. Their website is even user-friendly. That is a total rarity for a drugstore polish brand. Now I know what you’re going to say next.

“B, stop bragging! Sally Hansen isn’t even sold in the Philippines/Aruba/
Canada/Trinidad/the Netherlands/Kenya.”

I know, right? I have friends in the states that can’t even locate newer Sally Hansen collections. It seems like distribution is limited. Whyyyyy? *tears*

Hopefully in 2010 we’ll see Sally Hansen not only come out with more gorgeous colors but hit your favorite store in your city.

Are you a Sally Hansen fan?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

 

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

 

Mascara Monday News! *giveaway*

I am SO excited about Clumps’ new website! Mascara review navigation will be so much easier.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand. Here is a quick heads up letting y’all know that for the next 6 weeks, I will be reviewing the following mascaras:

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash
Maybelline XXL 24HR Bold Intense
Maybelline XXL Curl Recourber
Maybelline XXL Pro Extensions
Maybelline XXL Volume
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous

The requests I have been getting to review Maybelline’s newest have been blowing up my inbox. So unless otherwise stated, I’ll be cranking out those reviews. But I’ll need your help. In the left of the website, you’ll see a little poll. It looks like this…


Vote and let me know which one I should review first. I don’t even know where to start.

Also, I accidentally picked up Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Voluptous in brown. Any brown mascara wearers out there? If you want it, leave your email address in the comment section and I’ll choose someone by Thursday, January 21, 2010 at midnight. Winner will be selected at random and International ladies are free to jump in!

Ciao!

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!