Mascara Monday: Mascara Talk

Yeah, I know…..you were probably expecting a mascara review but with the largest game of my alma mater football team’s existence, I got a little behind….

Besides, I bet you needed a break from the boring Mascara Monday, uh?

Or maybe that’s just me. HA!

Here’s what I’ve had my eyes on in the mascara world!

A reader sent me an article about these babies and whoa! They look delicious. For $19.50 you can coat your lashes Sapphire, Amber, Amethyst, Garnet or Emerald. Now that’s just too cool. I know colored mascaras aren’t new but am I crazy for wanting to try every single one of those? You can find out more about them here.

  • Waterproof mascaras—do they REALLY differ from regular mascaras? I know that they are intended to last longer–hence them being waterproof but does Maybelline Pulse Perfection work better, worse or just as good as Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterpoof? Hmm….stay tuned for my findings on that.
  • So Tarte has this 4 day stain mascara that claims to keep your lashes long and lush for a whooping 4 days.

I mean, wow! How is that even possible? You mean to tell me it will hold up if I wash my face? Or pour a bucket of water over my head? I just, I don’t think—please believe I’ll be reviewing this one soon. (photo source)

  • Word on the street (and in my inbox) says that CoverGirl Queen Collection has a mascara. Now where have I been and how did I miss this? I have gotten so many requests to review it but I haven’t seen it anywhere. Man oh man!
  • The next mascara I will be reviewing will be Benefit Bad Gal .
  • Soon after comes Lancome Hypnose drama.
  • How soon is too soon to begin wearing mascara? I didn’t wear it much until I graduated from high school. I get emails from 13-15 year old readers and I’m tempted to tell them to just not even worry about wearing mascara right now.
  • I’ve said it once before but olive and jojoba oil do a fantastic job at removing mascara.

Got any mascara questions, news or ideas on the mind? Tell me yo!

Happy Monday!

FOTD Friday: I got the blues….and specs!


It’s Friday!!! Yesss….I am SO excited. This weekend I am heading to Tallahassee to see my alma mater play the Florida State Seminoles (double boo!). I have so much school spirit that it’s like…..ridiculous.

….and it’ll be my first football game of the season. I’ll probably go all out and rock green and gold eyes and nails. And I’ll be linking up with some of my college roommates and friends. Am I the only one that thinks college football is way more exciting than the NFL? I’m just sayin’….

So guess who got her glasses? Moi! If you missed last week’s FOTD Friday, you’ll have to click here. I had so many lovely ladies show off their gorgeous glasses and it actually made me get excited about mine.

So without further ado….it is me and my new frames.

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Flirt & Tease blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance

MAC Big T eyeshadow
MAC Bang on Blue eyeshadow
NARS Eddie eyeshadow

NARS Albatross highlighter
Lancome Defincils mascara
LIPS:
MAC’s Lip liner in Vino
Kissable Couture’s Rose Gardenia

Ohmigoodness, that blush is insane! I don’t remember buying it (did you give it to me, Danyelle?) but it some how resurfaced in my blush stash and I just adore it so.

…oh goodness, my bra strap is showing.
Clumps of Mascara strikes again!

Covering that pimple under my lips. It’s huge!
And red! I mean, honestly…..

So the glasses are growing on me. I really like the color. I have another pair that are purple. It’s amazing how much better I can see. Now that my eyes aren’t working so hard maybe those weekly killer migraines I get will cease.

Let’s hope!

Okay loves….have a wonderful and spectacular weekend! Motivate and be motivated!


Stay beautiful,

Sista Show-Off: Operation Beautiful


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.

When I was a little girl my Mommy called me “Mary Sunshine”. I was always that annoyingly perky child with a gapped tooth smile.

Guess what?

I STILL get called Mary Sunshine. I’m not going to pretend like I live in a world of sprinkles, rainbows and cupcakes but having a positive attitude is a MUST for me. It is a way of life and I firmly believe in spreading positive vibes.

Reader Claire from England (hi honey!) put me on to a website called OperationBeautiful.com. The mission behind OpBeau is to end “Fat Talk” by leaving inspirational messages any and everywhere. It’s that simple. Something this simple can change someone’s mind or their perspective. Or even their life.

We NEED messages like this. After getting inspired at the thought of inspiring, I spent some time writing little notes like this…

….and this


…and this


I have about 20 or so in my purse and at any given moment, I’ll post them anywhere. In public restrooms, on treadmills in my gym….shoot, even the grocery store!


The best part about leaving these notes isn’t feeling amazing because you’ve done something nice—it’s watching the look on people’s faces when they’ve read the note.

I am so thankful for the Founder of Operation Beautiful. Catlin has started a mission that is rapidly spreading alllll over the world. I am proud to join her and the hundreds of other ladies who have participated in Operation Beautiful.

I say you try it, family. We really need a movement like this.

Kudos to you, Catlin!

Beauty Review: Hirsana Capsules

Heyyy mamas!

How many of y’all have tried taking capsules? Beauty capsules, I mean.We spend a crap load of money on creams, lotions and serums. But think about it….clear skin, healthy hair and strong nails all start from within. I am a huge proponent of a healthy diet, vitamins and drinking a ton of water daily.

I gave Hirsana Capsules a spin a few weeks back and I think the results may surprise you. But first…let’s see what these babies claim to do.

“Extremely rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, golden millet oil has been proven to positively affect the growth and regeneration of hair, skin and nails. Hirsana golden millet oil capsules not only promote strong, thick, shiny hair but also help prevent hair loss. The capsules support natural skin functions, contributing to a healthy, radiant complexion. Hirsana also adds strength and luster to nails, fortifying, conditioning and brightening from head to toe.”

You read right. Hirsana capsules help beautify three areas most of us want radiant at all times; hair, skin and nails.

Did it work?
I already actively take a multi-vitamin, Vitamin C and fish oil pills so I was skeptical. But within a few weeks my nails were stronger than they have ever been. I’m talkin’ nails of steel! I can’t say much about my hair growth since my hair is in locs and as far as my skin? I didn’t notice much of a difference in that department but I’m sure with continued use, I may see some results.

What’s in the capsules?
Formulated with 200 mg of pure golden millet oil, each Hirsana capsule contains the following nutrients and associated health and beauty benefits:

* Essential Fatty Acids: Strengthen the skin’s barrier and regulate moisture content
* Vitamin E: serves as an antioxidant and protects against free radicals
* Vitamin B6: boosts metabolism
* Thiamin: promotes normal nervous system function
* Riboflavin: supports the formation of blood cells
* Pantothenic Acid: regulates the metabolic process for energy recovery
* Biotin: plays an important role in metabolic processes
* Zinc: supports the buildup of protein produced within the body

…..a ton of vitamins! No dangerous formulas here, folx. As always, consult with your doctor before consumption. Once you get the go, give these babies a whirl. I think they are worth a try!

30 capsules will run you $36 which is a bit steep but hey—we spend that much on a few glosses and shadows. Even my cheap self can’t put a price on health. Really!

You can purchase ‘em at www.hirsanausa.com and www.skinstore.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Diamond Cosmetics’ 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.

Are you sick of matte nail polishes yet? Because I’m not. I have reviewed quite a few from various nail polish brands. They all had their issues. When I tell y’all Diamond Cosmetics’ mattes were the easiest to deal with…I’m so not kidding!

Check ‘em out!


Matte Mulberry took me by surprise. I expected it to be super matte, but it wasn’t. It was opaque in only one, that’s right ONE coat and quickly became my favorite in the bunch.

Matte Burgundy is so much fun! I was afraid that it would look super dark on the nails but it didn’t. It stayed true to its name and will definitely be one of my top color choices for Fall!


Matte Smoke is a matte gray without shimmer or shine. After purples, greens, blues and oranges (hehe!) grays are my favorite nail polish colors. Smoke didn’t give me any issues. It took longer to dry than the others but who am I to complain when I ended up with a fabulous mani?



Matte Black is just that. A matte black. I own about three of these and this one is probably my favorite. Flawless application, opaque in two coats and long lasting. Loves it!!

The gang altogether!

Well well wellll, another reason why I am a Diamond Cosmetics fan. These mattes are incredible, y’all! I didn’t have any issues that are prevalent with most mattes. These issues include:

-Chipping within hours
-Dragging
-Bubbling
-Drying too quickly resulting in uneven coverage
-Not drying quickly enough
-Denting
-Applying messily

They are buttery smooth and all are opaque with two coats. These are not super matte-y. If you have been itching to try mattes but don’t too much like the “matte” look…these may be right up your alley.

And guess what? They are only $2.

$2!!!!

That’s it. Seriously the best deal ever.

Buy these and more for $2/bottle at DiamondCosmetics.com.

Think these will make you fall for mattes? Have you tried any of Diamond Cosmetics’ polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Kim K’s crazy long lashes at the Emmy Awards

For the first time in years I watched an award show. I know, I know….I live under a TV rock and the last time I was out was during the 2008 election and the 2008 Olympics. What can I say? I’ve never really been a huge TV watcher.

But I’m trying to do better….a beauty blogger has to stay top on what beauty trends celebrities are supporting, right?

Soooo I saw photos the lovely Kim Kardashian at the Prime Time Emmy Awards and my eyes were immediately drawn to HER eyes.

I’ve never been a super fan of the gal (what does she do, by the way?) but she can rock a MEAN smokey eye. I mean, she kills it! She isn’t wearing one in this photo but what she is rockin’ is a pair (or are those extensions?) of super long lashes. I don’t think I have ever seen lashes THIS long. They are border-line spider-y and take away from her gorgeous runway eye. At least I think so.

What do y’all think? Are these lashes entirely too long or is it just me?

Can lashes ever be TOO long?

Hmmm…..

A silver lining on the lid…

I have always been the biggest fan of Jennifer Hudson. You really don’t even want to watch DreamGirls with me. I know every song and every line of that movie. Jennifer Hudson is an amazing actress and even more amazing singer. Her outfit selections make me want to give her the side-eye but I could never deny how awesome her make-up looks.

Just look at this…


Stunning. This is such a gorgeous look and what really gives it that POP is the silver lining tear the tear ducts. Just recently have I begun to do this. In fact a week or so ago while visiting the fam I popped some silver liner in my tear ducts. I did it very subtly because I was going to church and didn’t want to be too blinged out in silver.


Can you see it?

I think that a silver liner needs to be in every lady’s stash. I found that it really opens up the eyes all while appearing glamorous. And it is super simple to do.

L’Oreal HIP’s Silver Lightning is the business! I reviewed those color chrome liners here. Total must haves, kids. And a breeze to apply….

You um…basically you need a silver liner now.

I’ll be sure to incorporate it in this week’s FOTD Friday.

Do you dab a little silver in the inner-V of your eyes?

Let me know!

(photo credit)

Mascara Monday: Smashbox Lash DNA mascara

Well nooow, this is a Clumps of Mascara first! With Lash DNA being the first Smashbox mascara I have reviewed, I gave it high expectations. Did it deliver? Or did it make me MAD?

Get it? DNA…MAD?

*crickets*

Awww, bring on the review!

Smashbox Lash DNA mascara



Price: 3 out of 5 (around $19.00 )

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

What it claims: “Our revolutionary new scientifically-engineered mascara is packed with proteins and amino acids that bind to lashes for genetic defying length and strength. The unique double helix brush grabs each lash, no matter how small, for the ultimate fanned out effect. Dramatic jet black shade intensifies and defines. Defy genetics with Lash DNA Mascara.”

The truth:
This mascara has one of the most amazing wands I have EVER seen. It’s sick, I tell ya!

What I loved about it: The wand is great. Phenomenal. Innovative. Perfect.


The “double helix” wand makes it so that that you can extend your lashes in several ways.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked to achieve a little more volume. But after a good 3 coats of mascara, it didn’t seem to give me that without clumping me up a bit.

Overall: Soooo, I don’t know why it has taken so long but yay to me for finally reviewing a Smashbox mascara. Lash DNA broke me in and I now have high standards for all of the other Smashbox mascaras I review. I can’t stress this enough—the wand is incredible. It really assists in extending the lashes. I love that you are able to maneuver it in many different directions.

See!

The packaging shows you three steps in which you can use the wand. It is difficult to photograph but the wand has a “twist” to it. This makes it easy to achieve all three steps–which I actually do each time I used this mascara. Lash DNA also gave my lashes a little gloss to them which was a nice little surprise.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


How I applied it:

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely! The wand is definitely worth a try.

Have you tried Lash DNA? Love it? Want it?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,


(photo source)