Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 11/1/09

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Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

Aly is giving away a year’s supply of Breyer’s Ice Cream!

The Beauty Alchemist pre orders the new Cover Girl Smoky EyeBlast and ShineBlast lipgloss.

Clumps Of Mascara has reason to believe she started the purple lip trend!

ThinkThruFashion takes you behind the scenes at a MAC Halloween photo shoot.

Butterflydiary loves the skin-quenching properties of La Mer’s Hydrating Facial!

DivaDebbi does Demi’s WANTED.

Mascara Monday: YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara

‘ello there, darlings! And did everyone have a wonderful weekend? Enjoy Halloween? I spent mine at Bayside in Miami with the BFF and cousins. As much as I love the North, I also love this unseasonably warm winter in Central and South Florida. 90 degrees in November is SO what’s hot right now.

Is my first YSL cosmetic experience just as hot? Check the review….

YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’
Luxurious mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 ($28 from Nordstrom)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Luxurious mascara for a false lash effect. An intense look in a single stroke. The secret? A triple-film complex—a coating film for intensity, conditioning film for curve and fixing film for long-lasting effectiveness.” (source)

The truth:
I feel all luxurious and whatnot. I mean, wow…YSL mascara. Ohhh, dawliiing!

What I loved about it: That golden tube makes me feel like I’m holding a piece of…gold. I love it! And I love how this mascara comes in SIX colors. That’s dope, son!!

What I didn’t like: Blue, where you went? You went on beautifully but within minutes you disappeared. Dude, WTFrack…

Overall: So a few of y’all requested this mascara. I probably would not have reviewed it otherwise. But being that I’ve never tried a YSL mascara, I decided to give it a whirl.

I’m kinda glad I did because it’s a pretty cool mascara! First of all….10 points for YSL for having a burgundy and gray mascara. How cool is that? I’ll have to play around with those soon. It took me forever to figure out what color I was going to get. I wanted to be safe and stick with black but lately many of y’all have been asking me about colored mascaras, so I picked up #6 Deep Night and took it home.

Well….look how blue it is!


So pretty! The wand is decent. Not good, not bad but not ah-mazing, ya know? I really like colored mascaras but I get kind of annoyed when they don’t show up so well on dark brown/black lashes. I would love to see how this looks on blond lashes! Or even red…wow!

But I digress…to really see if I could get blue blue lashes, I rolled the mascara on top of my lashes. Like this…

This was after I applied on coat the “regular way”. It came out like this…


Boo. Clumpy and just..confused. LOL! This is without flash but they aren’t even that blue in person. *sigh*

So I applied it again the “regular way”.

Lashes without mascara
(photo from lash week)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Well, hot darn! That’s some pretty good volume and length. Not bad at all. And the lashes look all curly too. They almost look like falsies.

But wait. Here’s a far-away-shot. I’ve got the mascara on the left eye only. Does it look as good? And can you see the blue?

I guess it’s okay. But darn it! I want more blue! I’m still satisfied. It is a really good mascara.

Would I recommend it?: Yep! If you have close to $30 to spend on a mascara (which I don’t…see how much I love, y’all? LOL!), this isn’t a bad one to try.

Has anyone tried this one yet? I’m really itching to try the gray. Hmmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Maybelline New York Hits Miami!

Hi darlings! I’ll be in Miami this weekend and I will definitely be attending this event on Saturday!

Maybelline New York Hits

Miami with Sensational Style!

Weekend-long EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to TOP STYLEMAKERS,

Compliments of NEW Maybelline New York Color Sensational

Lip Color

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1

COLOR SENSATIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Expert Lip Shade Matching Services by Top Makeup Artists

Meet & Greet with Celebrity Stylemakers, Maybelline New York

Fashion & Beauty Editors from Top Magazines

Complimentary Products,

Expert Tutorials on Fall Trends & Colors

Special Prizes!

Location:
Walgreens
3595 S.W. 22nd Street
Miami

All this weekend from 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending, let me know! Feel free to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com for additional information.

FOTD Friday: My Halloween/funky looks

Hi darlings!

So this year I didn’t do a Halloween look. And I usually do. I guess I didn’t do much brainstorming this year. I know, I suck.

So….here’s a blast from the past of my most creative looks.


And, in a few days I will be be celebrating my 2-year brow accident anniversary. LOL, not really a celebration. But I will never forget that awful incident. I walked around like this for months….


So dark and dramatic, I know. HA!

Have a safe Halloween, fam!

Brown celebs rock purple lips too!

See….I’m not the only one wearin’ purple lips.

LeToya Luckett has me reallllly wanting to pull out the purple lipsticks again. But since I’ve retired them for awhile, I guess I need to wait. But ain’t this some fierceness?

And Rihanna is killing it with the vampy ultra glossy lip.


You know how celebs supposedly start the trends that us regular people soon follow?

Well, uh…I think I started the purple lip trend this time.

I’m just sayin’….lol. Like these looks?

(photo source)

Permanent Hair color

I have a confession, y’all…

It’s this….

…and this


I LOVE hair color. Like, a lot. I’ve been loving hair color since 9th grade when I first got highlights. When I couldn’t get my hair professionally done I would dye it with Kool-Aid. I know, I know….but it was a hit and if there was a superlative for it I would have been “Most Likely to Have Amazing Hair Color from Kool-Aid”.

I dyed my hair in college. I was jet blue black, red/orange, light brown and even did a huge blond streak. I just LOVE hair color.

Recently I dye-d my locs.


See the full story at LocRocker.com. I went from having tri-colored locs to permanently lightening all of my locs.

The result=love. Now I’ve dyed my hair at home many times before. But I’ve never done a permanent. I probably could have paid my loctician to do it but I really love doing my own hair. Not to mention I save money. Holla!

Anyone have any tips for taking care of permanently dyed hair? All hair types are welcome to respond.

Midweek Sales & Spotlights: Week of 10/25/09

Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale


Yep, it’s still going on until November 2nd. Hustle hustle! If you spend over $50 (which is WAY too easy to do) you get free shipping. While I thought about sitting this one out, reader Diana (love you, babes!) has me thinking twice. Hmmm….

The code: FF2009.

The Body Shop on Facebook!
The Body Shop recently launched their first The Body Shop application on Facebook called “You’re naturally beautiful”. It lets you share with your friends little notes about why you think they’re naturally beautiful. It also provides beauty tips and lets you post your own pics or vids of anything that represents natural beauty in your eyes. So cool! Play around with it HERE.

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st

  • L’Oreal HIP–buy 1, get 1 free <—-YAAAAY!!!
  • Rimmel Cosmeics foundation, powder, concealer, blush and eye–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri or Nail Art pen–2 for $10
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99

(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free–All Almay Cosmetics
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Revlon Cosmetics
  • (with card) L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara–$9.49

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

Happy shoppin’!



Acne Sucks: Pimple Poppin’

It wouldn’t be an efficient “acne” series if I didn’t talk about poppin’ pimples.

That’s right, I said it. I know dermatologists and estheticians would tell you NOT to pop pimples but I do it anyway.

I’m such a rebel, right?

But don’t call me stupid just yet. There are methods to pimple popping. And they don’t work for ALL pimples. Shoot…they don’t even work for all skin types. Having said that, don’t let this post motivate you to go around popping pimples aimlessly. I am simply showing you what I do. It has been successful for me for quite some time but I don’t want any of y’all sending me hate mail if you end up with scars because my method didn’t work for you.

Mmmkay?

Meet the pimples’ best friend….


This is a pimple extractor. And while it may look harmless, it really is a dangerous tool. If not used carefully, this extractor can cause scarring. It is really only supposed to be used by professionals. But I saw it at Sephora one fateful evening and decided to give it a whirl.

I’ll tell you one thing, this baby really should come with instructions because the first few times I used it, I scarred my skin. It was bad. It took months for those dark spots to go away.

But desperation will make you rather persistent. The next time around, I decided to do my research. I learned about the type of pimples I had. That gave me a better idea of how to treat them. This article gave me amazing insight. I learned that I had a type of pimple called papules. Despite ALWAYS having so many on my cheeks, they aren’t so difficult to get rid of since they have a whitehead.

And so the extractor came in handy.


The extractor gets out all of the nasty stuff out and I am left with the aftermath. Differin gel (prescribed by my dermatologist) overnight diminishes that and I am rarely left with a scar.

The extractor has changed my skin, y’all. I also use Q-Tips. They are better than the extractor because scarring almost never happens. By taking 2 Q-Tips, I’ll squeeze a pimple and watch the nasty nasty ooze on out.

Sounds gross, I know. But it works!

Remember my skin a few months ago? Inflammation was out of control. Every day I was popping a new pimple, healing a former pimple and trying to get rid of the scarring.


Now it’s lookin’ like this….

I’m rocking a little concealer and bronzer here but the pimples are under control. I still have some scarring but with the Origins Skin Tone Corrector I’m using (review coming soon!), I am confident that those will be disappearing soon.

Before popping pimples, I am always sure to steam my face (thanks Kelly!) and thoroughly wash my hands. I was hesitant about even doing a post on pimple poppin’ because I know that a lot of people are against it. But tell that to a person who has a dozen of them just chillin’ on their face. I think it’s best to inform yourself about how to take care of your skin and then do what you can to alleviate it. My dermatologist is cool and all but I don’t want to HAVE to go.

….not to mention, a lot of people don’t have health insurance to even be able to visit a derm so I think it’s best to learn how to take care of our skin the best way that we can.

With that said, if you are going to pop pimples, be careful. Be careful. Be careful.

If you have any tips on how to pop them, please share!