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!

FOTD Friday: Goin’ green on the lids….


So the other day something tragic happened. I was making my green smoothie…like I do every evening for the following day. This particular smoothie was probably one of the best I had ever made (that’s my Drake remix, haha!). It was chock full of kale and spinach with a sweet amount of coconut and almond milk. I tossed in some apple pieces, a banana, strawberries, pineapple and topped it off with cinnamon. It was beyond tasty.

So tasty that I guess the floor wanted try some too (haha, love that Mama Soybean).


But how beautifully tragic is that spill? The formation is kinda awesome. And it is a gorgeous shade of green. It was so pretty that my silly self had to take a picture of it and tweet it. Sometimes you really have to find beauty in….odd circumstances. Like in a green smoothie committing drinkicide.

Anyway….it inspired me to play around with some greens. So I did!!

I used MAC’s Humid for the outer-V.


That was one of my FIRST eye shadows. Humid holds a special place en mi corazon. I was going for a pretty subtle green eye. Didn’t want anything to POW, ya know? And I wanted plain cheeks with a glossy brown lip.

But if you look closer, I made a ton of application mistakes while in a hurry. Experimenting before work is never a good idea. But y’all know I don’t care. Posting my mistakes is kinda fun…..kinda.

Here we go!

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

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Hip cream paint in Witty
A green from Milani Cosmetics
MAC Humid e/s
NARS Edie e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero

Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Mildew
Clinique Glossy mascara

LIPS:
MAC lipliner in Chestnut
Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar

….yikes, don’t be like me. Blend your primer thoroughly!


I love greens.

Don’t youuuu?

Off to Atlanta for the weekend! I’ll be live tweeting my adventures, so be sure to tune in!

Have an awesome weekend, y’all.


Stay beautiful,

Sista Showoff: Chocolate Brides


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Okay y’all….I ain’t gettin’ married anytime soon but am I sucker for loving to see other folx happy and in love?

Okay maybe, but I don’t care because love is a beautiful thing. I love weddings. One of the best things about the weddings are the wedding photos. Ohmigoooodness, don’t they just melt your heart? Even if you don’t know the folx in the photos, you can’t help but feel happy for the couple.

Twitter, once again, has introduced me to a fabulous website.

ChocolateBrides.com

ChocolateBrides.com is a community of brown brides and newlyweds. Whether you need dress advice or support on loosing weight for the big day, CB has you covered! Just scrolling the sight makes me all happy day-ish. They’ve got articles on how to ease wedding jitters, photos of wedding parties and a slew of wedding ideas.

This so makes me want to get married tomorrow.

Okay, I’m kidding. But if you are a bride or know a bride or think you’re about to be a bride (hehe), stop by ChocolateBrides.com.

…..and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding so I can catch the bouquet.

Hahaha, I’m kidding!

No really, I am. :)

Because love is a beautiful thang,

Beauty Review: The Body Shop Nutriganics Skincare line…

Yaaaay! The Body Shop has done it again! They’ve come out with another fabulous line of skincare products.

Let me introduce you to Nutriganics.

I’ve been test driving this line for a good 2 months and since my face didn’t act a plum fool, I figured now would be a good time to review it.

What what exactly does the Nutriganics line do? Glad you asked! The Body Shop says that it, can, “…..reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin’s elasticity and protect your skin against sun damage.” (source) In addition to that, this line contains Community Trade organic babassu oil. One of the things I love about The Body Shop are their values. They truly believe in making sure that their suppliers are treated fairly. Read more about that here. Aaaand, at least 98% of the total ingredients from the products below are from natural origin.

Well well now..that’s something that we can ALL appreciate. Let’s have a quick meet and greet with the kids now.

Foaming Face Wash ($14)


I always feel like a kid when I use foaming face washes. They are just so fun! I LOVED this one. It didn’t leave my face streaky but at the same time I felt like the cleanser gave me a thorough cleanse. The scent was a little strong though. It has a natural, grassy, root-nutty smell. If that makes any sense at all.

Refreshing Toner ($14)


Now I can’t say that I’m much a toner user. My acne prone skin can be oily at times but I never saw a toner alleviate that problem. I gave this one a whirl for a while and I liked it. I didn’t notice any changes in my skin but I loved the way it felt. It was a nice little follow-up to the face wash.

Smoothing Day Cream ($22) and
Smoothing Night Cream ($24)

These two were so identical in how they treated my skin, that I just ended up using the Day Cream during the day AND night. (someone play Kid Cudi). I could not distinguish between the two, which I suppose is not a bad thing. I think my skin appreciated the creams more at night. They seemed to “sink” in better. Application during the day felt a tad bit oily for my jacked up skin. I think these would work better for drier skin; especially those of y’all living in colder climates. As I type this, it is 83 degrees in Central Florida. Winter? What winter?

To sum up….I can dig the Nutriganics line. I think the prices are reasonable for natural skincare products. Although I am wondering why the Night Cream is more expensive than the Day Cream. Hmm… I can appreciate the smell but if you have a sensitive nose and can’t get down with “natural” smelling products, this may not be the line for you. And did i mention that this line smooths lines and wrinkles? I know I don’t have any now but preventive aging is a good look at any age. Yea mon!

You can find out more about the The Body Shop’s Nutriganics line here.

In the meantime, tell me what you think. Have you tried any of their skin products? Like ‘em? Love ‘em? Loathe ‘em?

Tell me!

Midweek Sales & Spotlights: Week of 11/15/09

Got some good spotlights this week.

Enjoy!

FreeBeautyEvents.com

Okay, so how cool is this? Simply enter in your zip code and this website will tell you where you can find FREE beauty events in your area. Click here.

Urban Decay 30% off!

Okay, so I’m totally late but what a deal!! Use the code FNFW1 . You have until Friday, November 20th. I’m thinkin’ of grabbing some more pencils. Like I really need more though. HA! Click here to start shoppin’!

Z Palette has new palettes!


Remember when I reviewed and fell in love with Z Palette here? They have palettes with different designs! Including the fabulous zebra print you see. And also in pink….loves it! I am so snagging that zebra one. Click here to visit the site.

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from November 15th-November 21st
  • L’Oreal HIP–buy 1, get 1 free <----YAAAAY!!!
  • Maybelline Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics and Skincare–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • Studio Tools applicators, implements and brushes–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • Sinful Colors Nail Lacquer–buy 1, get 1 free <----HOT DEAL!
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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from November 15th-November 21st

  • (with card) CoverGirl Simply Ageless blush–$10
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri or Hi-Definition
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free off of L’Oreal Cosmetics

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Anyone know of any other sales out there? Share ‘em! Help a sista save a dollar!

Happy shoppin’!