FTC Product Disclosure

Okay y’alll….I’m going to make this as simple as possible. If it goes over your head, I apologize. To be honest…this whole disclosure thing is going over my head too. The FTC Product Disclosure ruling will affect the way Clumps of Mascara operates so I want you all to be as informed as possible.

Get ‘ta readin’!

“The Federal Trade Commission will require that writers on the Web clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. The commission also said advertisers featuring testimonials that claim dramatic results cannot hide behind disclaimers that the results aren’t typical.

The FTC said its commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the final guidelines, which had been expected. The guides are not binding law, but rather interpretations of law that hope to help advertisers comply with regulations. Violating the rules, which take effect Dec. 1, could result in various sanctions including a lawsuit.” <----Oh Lawd! (source)

This disclosure policy went into effect yesterday. Basically what it’s saying is that I have to inform you when I receive something from a brand for review.

I’ll be honest….I have received free products to be reviewed on Clumps. I’m sure many of you could care less because despite how I get a product, I still bring you honest reviews with good information, photos and videos. I have never been PAID to say wonderful things about any product. As a beauty blogger, I find it to be unethical. As a person, I find it to be wack. You all read Clumps of Mascara because you feel as if I provide honest commentary about the products that I review. I would never compromise that for a buck or two. <--ohhh, that rhymes!

I did not start this blog to make money. I started Clumps of Mascara as a college student who had an interest and simply wanted to share it with others. It is my passion for writing and beauty that makes me blog. Not the money.

I hate that the FTC has done this because it makes us “real” bloggers feel as if we are wrong for receiving a product to review. Whatever. Just know this….from now on if I receive a product for review I will indicate that in the post. It’s as simple as that.

If for any reason you have any questions about a product I have reviewed, do not hesitate to let me know. I didn’t even want to write this post but I feel like I owe it to you all. I am doing the best I can with Clumps and the material that I present to you all. I know that most of you know that.

And at the end of the day….that’s all that matters.

My disclosure policy will be on the main page at the button that looks like this.

You can also read the disclosure in its 80 page entirety here. Refer to it at any time.

Alright y’all….I’m done being serious.

Peace, love and suede purple booties!

Amor de Lacquer: Nubar’s Chocolate Truffle 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.

Hmmm, truffles. I’m not the biggest chocolate fan in the world (I know, I know) but it’s just like Nubar to name a collection Chocolate Truffle. This collection satisfies your sweet tooth sans the calories and guilt. Nubar sent me these babies for review so without further ado…

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the stars of Nubar’s Chocolate Truffle collection:

Chocolate Coffee Bean is is described as a deep brown shimmer. I’ll be honest….I was hesitant about brown polish on brown skin. It didn’t seem like it would be something for I would like but by George, it’s gorg!


Raspberry Truffle sounds totally yummy and looks fantastic! I think this is my favorite out of the bunch. Funny what bright red shimmer can do to a brown polish. This is fabulous!


Cherry Cordial is the only color that I immediately liked when I first saw it. It had enough red to tame the brown that scared me.

Later that day I jazzed it up with Lippman’s Happy Birthday. It’s a party on my nails! I think I’m going to rock this on my real birthday (January 2nd….holla!).


Chocolate Caramel is described as a bro†wn gold shimmer. Yum-E! It looks luscious enough, uh? I’m not the biggest fan of gold polishes but this is a little warmer so it’s not so bad.


Swiss Chocolate isn’t a bad polish….I’m just not sure if it’s for me. It really is brown! This is a first for me. It’ll take some getting used to.

Milk Chocolate Creme looks so delicious. I’m not terribly in love with it either but it’s funky enough for me to sport.



Nubar does it again! When it comes to unique polish collections, they win. Hands down! I’ll admit that I have never really be interested in brown polishes. When I can find them, they just didn’t seem to be ideal for my warmer skintone. Nubar proves me wrong. While it may take me some time to love the entire clan, I’m glad that so many different variations of brown polishes are available.

I used 2 coats for each and didn’t experience any application issues. Not one bit. I’m going to doing some designs with these babies. Imagine the possibilities….

You can get all 6 polishes plus a base and top coat (loves ’em!) for $49.95. Click here for more information.

Hmmm, whatcha say (channeling Jason DeRulo)? Like ’em? Love ’em? Could do without?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

50 million pound challenge: Portion sizes


Hello there, weight loosin’ and maintainin’ mamas! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. How is everyone doing? I hope y’all didn’t fall off track with Thanksgiving feasts and all. I purposely worked out like mad the week before Turkey Day because I knew I wanted to indulge. Just a bit.

But now I’m back on my regular routine and not doin’ as much snacking as I was during the holiday. Once upon a time I was a snack machine. I could easily eat a huge bag of chips or a box of cereal in one sitting. And it wasn’t because I was hungry, but because the food was just….there. It’s easy to be heavy snacker when you don’t eat in small portions. Since realizing this, I now put all of my snacks in small containers.


1 cup of cereal as a snack is more than enough, right? But if I took the box to work with me….there ain’t no tellin’ how much I would eat. I do the same with my beverages.

This ensures that I get enough of my green smoothie intake. I drink about 32 ounces of green smoothie a day and about the same in water. Yummers!

I challenge you to think about portion sizes. If you get a sandwich for lunch, try eating one half now and the other half in an hour or so. Put your snacks in baggies or little containers so that you don’t over-indulge and consume calories that you don’t need.

Make sense?

And oh…I totally haven’t weighed myself in quite some time so I don’t know how much I’ve lost. But who cares….I feel great!!

Hang in there, y’all. Eat well, work-out and keep telling yourself how beautiful you are.

Until next time…

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

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Acne Sucks: Skin Updates


Hey y’all! It’s your favorite Pimple Poppin’ lady. I really shouldn’t even call myself that because poppin’ pimples really ain’t good. So disregard that. HA!

Anywhoovers, I was thinking that it was time to update y’all on my skin and its battle with acne. It has been doing A LOT better. I attribute it to many things but mostly to the Differin gel that my dermatologist prescribed. Even though my skin is acting all normal and whatnot, I fear the day I run out of this stuff. Lawd, let’s hope I can get it for life.

Daily pimples are no more. They just don’t pop up. And when they do, they are small and easy to tackle.

And I know I keep saying I’ll review it and I will but ohmigoodness….skin tone correctors are a must have for the woman of color battling hyperpigmentation. I’m almost positive that they would work well for anyone. Wow! I am amazed. Over time, it has literally erased some of my dark spots. See for yourself!


These photos are untouched. I am not wearing any foundation, correctors or blush in any of them. Well….I take that back. A closer look at the first photo shows a swatch on concealer. But never the mind. Can you see the difference?

I talked about my skincare routine via video and even showcased some new products that I can’t WAIT to review for y’all. To see what I’m talking about, you’ll have to listen to me ramble and act a mess.


Sooo, the skin is doing better. Hallelujah! Stretch marks? Whatever. Chubby tummy? I can deal. The inability to wear above the knee boots because I have fat knees (lmao)? Fine. But I will NOT let acne get the best of me. The fight is still on because my skin, at any moment, can turn against me.

Now it’s your turn! To my fellow acne fighters, what have you been using that’s been working wonders? Spill the beans, sisters!

Introducing….Clumps’ new logo!

Okay, y’all…so don’t hate me for not having a Mascara Monday this time around. I did very little make-up wearing all of last week. The lashes needed a break.

But to make up for its absence, I have for you Clumps’ new logo.

This is a HUGE deal. Clumps’ hasn’t had a facelift since….sometime in 2008 . The “afro gal” has been faithful to us ever since. She will still be around until the new Clumps of Mascara web page design. Replacing will beeeeee….


So what do you think? How insane are those lashes? And how much does she look like me? And what about that pink mascara? Hotness! And it would only be fitting if she too could sport glasses like I do from time to time…

I am beyond excited about this new logo. Somehow Clumps feels a little more like home with a logo that is uniquely mine. And this is just the beginning, y’all. I have so many more things coming up that it is literally hurting me to not tell you gals everything.

Stay tuned. I’m so excited! Aren’t y’all!!

Oh, and….
Voz Visual Designs—you da man!

Giveaway Winners! Macy’s gift cards

Tis the season for more giving! I don’t know what it is about giveaways but I love hosting them. If I could do a giveaway every day, I would! Y’all really deserve them. Clumps readers are the best!

This time around the winners were selected from Clumps’ Facebook fan page and Twitter. I had Mama Clumps give me a number. She selected 7. Each 7th entry from both Facebook and Twitter were winners!

Congratulations to

Stacy L. from Facebook
and
@kateypie35 from Twitter

I’ll need emails from both of you ladies.

If you didn’t win, don’t you fret. I’ve got at least 3 more giveaways coming up. You’re going to love them all. So whether you are feed subscriber, YouTube subscriber or shoot me random emails weekly (I love those!)….know that your opportunity to win is coming up!

….and I’m taking suggestions! If there are any cool ways you think I should select winners, let me know.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Ciao for now…

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!