FOTD Friday: Iman Cosmetics, Take 1


As promised, my darlings, I am doing a face of the day from my run-in with some Iman Cosmetics goodies. I’ll incorporate them in more FOTDs and with complete reviews and all!

This time I played around with the eyeshadow Mahogany.


This is such a beautiful soft brown that blends like a dream. It’s a matte..and it may be one of my favorite mattes of all time. Just look at how the brush soaks it up.


Wow! I applied it on the outer-V and crease like so….


Okay, so I am REALLY in love with Mahogany, y’all. It gave me such depth with little effort. As with most mattes, a little goes a long way so if you use this, you better use a light hand or you may apply too much.

On to the cheeks….I used Iman Cosmetics’ Freesia blush.


Now, at first swatch…I really thought I would like this. It looked beautiful against my skin when I swatched it on the arm, see?


But it was a different story when I applied it on the cheeks. It looked like I got punched on both sides. I ain’t lyin’, yall.


It could very well be me. I’ll admit I’m not the best with darker blushes application. I’ll have to consult with a make-up artist on this one. Here’s the look all pulled together!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Iman Cosmetics Freesia blush
MAC MSF in Petticoat (I had to put this over Freesia)

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

L’Oreal Shadow paint in Witty
Cargo bronzer in medium
Iman Cosmetics Mahogany e/s
NARS Edie e/s

NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
NYC Cosmetics eyeliner in Teal
Lancome Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm
LIPS:
Dolce & Gabanna’s lipstick in Dahlia
…I love this lipstick so much I even took a picture of it and put it on my laptop’s desktop. HA!


Oh….back to the topic at hand.

I be jammin’ on the way to work!

And I’m still leaving positive notes in random places for people to see.


Y’all should really get on the Operation Beautiful bandwagon. It’s quite addicting, I tell ya! And what better addiction to have than to make people feel good about themselves? I try to do it every day.

I’m such a cornball. HA!

Alright darlings….have a WONDERFUL weekend


Stay beautiful,

Beauty Beehaviors: Um, you are TOO old for that.

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.

Okay, let’s keep it real. I would probably pass out if I saw either one of my Grandmommies rockin’ a tube top. I would probably give them a side eye if they were rocking green nail polish too. I guess I associate those things with younger folx.

Am I the only one?

Do certain beauty and fashion trends end at a certain age? Or should they?

Before getting heavily into nail polishes, I always thought I was too “old” to wear glittery polishes. I felt the same way about nail designs and funky colors like green and blue. I felt this way in my early 20’s! Craziness, I know. I have since changed my mind and will happily sport any color and finish of polish.

But will I be able to do this in my 40’s and 50’s? Or should I not care and rock whatever at any age?

So answer this….

When it comes to beauty and fashion, is there anything you should stop doing or wearing at a certain age?

Politically Pretty: The Obama Time Capsule

What if you could personally document history? I mean….how cool would that be?

I was heavily involved in the last Presidential election. I watched every debate, tuned in to the Democratic and Republican National conventions, I campaigned for President Obama and I even attended inauguration. I was completely immersed in all things politics at that point. Kia from Yummy 411 and I even did a Politically Pretty challenge. Who says you can’t combine beauty and politics?

While I am able to hold onto those memories, I’ve got something that is tangible and will last a lifetime!

The Obama Time Capsule

Wait….look again. See the last author on there?


Your eyes do not deceive you. That’s me! I am all up and through this book. I created my own personal edition. It talks about President Obama’s journey to the White House. It goes in depth about EVERYTHING. Even things that relate to the new generation–me!

Liike…


I think it’s SO cool to see the influences social networking had on the election. Especially since I am a social networking nut. And to be able to share this with the future grandkids is just….wow.

See the invitation I got?

….and of course all of his fabulous supporters!


….and Obama art!


This is the PERFECT holiday gift for any one who was involved in the election. I think I’ll get my sister Courtney one aaaand Beauty and the Male’s KP one as well.

Shoot—well, now they know their Christmas gifts. Oh well!

You can find out more about The Obama Time Capsule here. I’m closing the book!

This Week’s Spotlights & Sales: Week of 11/1/09

Nordstrom Mascara Madness deal

One of the fabulous ladies at the YSL counter told me about a Mascara Madness event that is going on at various Nordstroms alllll over. There is one this weekend at Fashion Square Mall here in Orlando and one at International Mall in Tampa Bay. Call your local Nordie’s to see when they are having theirs. The deal is buy 2 mascaras, get 1 free. Holla!
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CoverGirl’s New Goodies

COVERGIRL has begun an exclusive online preview of the NEW Blast collection featuring Smoky ShadowBlast, ShineBlast Lip Gloss and LashBlast Length Mascara. You can be the first to order these goodies. I’ve got my eyes on that ShadowBlast. It looks promising. Check it out here! Jump on it now, darlings because ShadowBlast and ShineBlast won’t be in stores until January! Oh, and if you order from Drugstore.com, you’ll save $5 and get free shipping if your cart is more than 25!
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BeautyTicket.com gets even lower!




Clumps of Mascara is a HUGE supporter of BeautyTicket.com. I have hauled some amazing deals from them. Remember the Iman Cosmetics haul? Using the code above, you can get an additional 15% off of holiday purchases. See how much I love y’all? Always trying to help a sista save a dollar. Muah!
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50 Million Pounds Lighter-The video

My team, Mascara Mamas, is truckin’ right along. Pounds are shedding and we are all supporting each other. Check out the video below and tell me this doesn’t motivate you to start getting healthier TODAY.


Wow…
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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from November 1st-November 7th

  • Almay Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • L’Oreal Lip products (includes HIP)–buy 1, get 1 free
  • L’Oreal Eye products–buy 1, get 1 free
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from November 1st-November 7th

  • (with card) All Revlon Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (with card) CoverGirl Lash Blast Length–$7
  • (with card) Halle by Halle Berry fragrance–$12.00 <--has anyone tried this?

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Anyone know of any other sales out there? Share ‘em!

Happy shoppin’!



This Week’s Spotlights & Sales: Week of 11/1/09

Nordstrom Mascara Madness deal

One of the fabulous ladies at the YSL counter told me about a Mascara Madness event that is going on at various Nordstroms alllll over. There is one this weekend at Fashion Square Mall here in Orlando and one at International Mall in Tampa Bay. Call your local Nordie’s to see when they are having theirs. The deal is buy 2 mascaras, get 1 free. Holla!
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CoverGirl’s New Goodies

COVERGIRL has begun an exclusive online preview of the NEW Blast collection featuring Smoky ShadowBlast, ShineBlast Lip Gloss and LashBlast Length Mascara. You can be the first to order these goodies. I’ve got my eyes on that ShadowBlast. It looks promising. Check it out here! Jump on it now, darlings because ShadowBlast and ShineBlast won’t be in stores until January! Oh, and if you order from Drugstore.com, you’ll save $5 and get free shipping if your cart is more than 25!
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BeautyTicket.com gets even lower!




Clumps of Mascara is a HUGE supporter of BeautyTicket.com. I have hauled some amazing deals from them. Remember the Iman Cosmetics haul? Using the code above, you can get an additional 15% off of holiday purchases. See how much I love y’all? Always trying to help a sista save a dollar. Muah!
____________________________


50 Million Pounds Lighter-The video

My team, Mascara Mamas, is truckin’ right along. Pounds are shedding and we are all supporting each other. Check out the video below and tell me this doesn’t motivate you to start getting healthier TODAY.


Wow…
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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from November 1st-November 7th

  • Almay Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • L’Oreal Lip products (includes HIP)–buy 1, get 1 free
  • L’Oreal Eye products–buy 1, get 1 free
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics–buy 1, get 1 50% off
_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from November 1st-November 7th

  • (with card) All Revlon Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (with card) CoverGirl Lash Blast Length–$7
  • (with card) Halle by Halle Berry fragrance–$12.00 <--has anyone tried this?

_______________________________________

Anyone know of any other sales out there? Share ‘em!

Happy shoppin’!



Amor de Lacquer: Nubar’s Fall 2009 Modern Matte 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.

Yesssss, more mattes. Am I loving this trend or what? I am having a ball reviewing collections from different brands. Everyone’s mattes are different and I have yet run into one that I didn’t like.

Nubar baby!!


You’ve seen me review Nubar before. Remember the Going Green collection? I am STILL in love with that Reclaim. Seriously the best green holo ever. Anywhoovers….let’s check out their mattes.

Prevail is one of those colors that you don’t see everyday. It’s very interesting. Like a dirty eggplant. Doesn’t look too matte-y though. Which is fine with me because it’s a funky and unique color anyway.

Oh wow….now I can get down with this. Contempo would be pretty boring if it wasn’t a matte. But since it is, it kinda rocks. It’s like a pearlized velvety tomato. I love it!

Vital is cool. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t think about it then but it would probably be insane with a glittery topcoat.


How ’bout Avant-Garde or Avant-Gorg! I love the way this baby pops on my skin.


Nubar’s mattes remind me a lot of Zoya’s mattes. They’ve got that velvet-y thing goin’ on. I’ve learned to appreciate mattes like this. They aren’t super super matte but are shiny enough to appease even the most anti-matte chica.

My only issues with these is that they are a bit of struggle to remove. And yes, like most mattes—you’ll see chipping after a day or so. But I love ‘em so much that I don’t even care.

You can snag these darlings here. Only $25 for the entire set. Not bad at ‘tal!

Whatcha think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Beauty Review: YSL Parisienne perfume

Even as a little girl, I wanted to smell like like a grown woman.

I know…ain’t that somethin’? I was like 7 years old and would sneak in my Mom’s bathroom to spritz a little eau de parfum on my neck. YSL Parisienne reminds me of one of those fragrances that I would have used back in the day. Only now I’m twenty fo’ and I’m at the right perfume wearin’ age.

Introducing YSL’s Parisienne…


Parisienne is a floral fragrance that has hints of sandalwood and blackberry. I like it. I’m not sure how popular it would be among many chicas my age but it is definitely something that I can spritz on when I’m headed to church or to some luncheon. It makes me feel grown up.

Has anyone tried it? Love it? Hate it?

…and I know, fragrances don’t seem to last all that long on me either. I usually have to dab grapeseed oil my neck and wrists before spritzing. I find that it helps the scent last longer.

You can grab this fragrance from Sephora and Sephora.com. Find out more about it here.

Clumps in the Streets: Maybelline ColorSensational Event


So remember in this post when I talked about Maybelline New York heading down South to tell us cool Floridians about their newest kids on the block? I was already heading down that way to visit family so it was totally meant to be that this event landed on the same weekend.

Saturday morning I grabbed Clumps’ Miami intern Briana, her Mommy and my BFF (she wrote an awesome post about this event on her Mommy blog). We headed to the “Little Havana” part of Miami and jetted to the parking lot where the ColorSensational trailer had been set up. There was a crowd of ladies listening to astrology expert Carlos Javier. He was revealing what colors best went with each sign.

Executive Editor of the magazine Siempre Mujer, Maria Cristina Marrero was also there.

“Psshttt….” whispered the intern. “Everyone is speaking in Spanish.”

Ah yes…the entire presentation era en Espanol pero I was fine. I’ve been speaking Spanish since I was a little girl so I was good!

Soon after the presentation, they opened the doors and let us in. The trailer had been set up with lip-over sections. It was gorgeous!


BriAna, the intern, is great…she took all of those photos while I chit-chatted with my lip consultant. I lovingly named her mi madre de labios (my Mother of Lips…ha!)

Together we picked out the perfect lip for moi. The ColorSensational collection has 4 color families to choose from….pinks, naturals, plums and reds. They are neatly categorized by packaging.


Anywhoovers, if you know me…you know I chose red!! And of course it scared me with the initial application.


But within seconds, I was loving it!

We used Very Cherry lipstick.

BriAna even got in on the action. She chose a teen appropriate color that looks so darling on her! Ohhh, to be 16 again!


I’ll be doing swatches and providing more information about the fabulousness that is the ColorSensational lippies. Until then..

SMOOCHES!