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)

Sunday’s Sales & Spotlights: Week of 9/20/2009

Happy Sunday, family! Hope this week’s sales and spotlights help you out a bit! If there is anything that you would like for me to let the Clumps of Mascara family know about for next week, shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Iman Cosmetics on Facebook!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

This is such a big deal to me because I’ve always been a fan of Iman Cosmetics. I am glad to see them taking the social networking steps and so now we can all be updated when they release more awesome products. Iman even has a blog here!

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Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

introduces the Wedding Collection at Eau Spa

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Anyone getting married? Or reallllly want to treat yourself in one of the finest cities in Florida? The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach offers the ultimate in rest, relaxation and rejuvenation with a menu of luxe facials, invigorating scrubs and sensuous massages. With the introduction of the spa’s Wedding Collection, brides, grooms and the entire wedding party now have a dedicated treatment menu from which to pamper and prepare for the magical day.

Eau Spa features 19 Spa Villas, including three spacious Couples’ Spa Villas, providing an intimate experience far beyond treatments, with lavish outdoor garden enclaves, oversized soaking tubs and al fresco rainfall showers for an open-air spa experience and ultimate relaxation either before or after the big day. Adjoining Spa Villas are also available and ideal for large groups and wedding parties.

Eau Spa is just the beginning when it comes to Ritz-Carlton wedding specialties. The beachside resort is home to four sophisticated wedding locales; couples can say their vows in the outdoor Courtyard, with an infinity pool and Atlantic Ocean as the romantic backdrop or one of the three ballrooms – Ocean, Plaza and Ritz-Carlton – adorned with decadent silk and chandeliers and spacious enough for any size gathering. For a more intimate wedding ceremony, couples can invite their closest friends and family to witness the exchange of vows in a fanciful oceanfront cabana. No matter which venue is chosen, the surf, sand and sunsets of Palm Beach are sure to imbue the day with tranquility and natural beauty.

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Maybelline foundation, concealer, powder, blush and lip products
  • 40% off Neutrogena foundation, powder, concealer and blush
  • 40% off Sally Hansen nail treatment and color
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Studio 35 implements
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Organix shampoo and conditioner <---I reviewed 'em here!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Johnson skincare softlotion and softwash <---LOVE this stuff

0(yawn… not many sales here this week)

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • (with card) CoverGirl Lash Blast Length–$7! <--read my review here
  • (with card) CoverGirl Wetslicks, TruShine, Incredifull, Continuous Color lip, eye shadow quads, Line Exact eyeliner, EyeLights or Lashblast mascara–all $5
  • (with card) All L’Oreal eye shadow, mascara and liner–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) All Milani Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) All Physicians’s Formula–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) Nature Bounty’s vitamins–Buy 1, Get 1 Free <--GREAT DEAL!

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • ALL Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free!
  • All N.Y.C. Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • L’Oreal Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off

Happy shoppin’!



Sunday’s Sales & Spotlights: Week of 9/20/2009

Happy Sunday, family! Hope this week’s sales and spotlights help you out a bit! If there is anything that you would like for me to let the Clumps of Mascara family know about for next week, shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Iman Cosmetics on Facebook!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

This is such a big deal to me because I’ve always been a fan of Iman Cosmetics. I am glad to see them taking the social networking steps and so now we can all be updated when they release more awesome products. Iman even has a blog here!

____________________________

Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

introduces the Wedding Collection at Eau Spa

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Anyone getting married? Or reallllly want to treat yourself in one of the finest cities in Florida? The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach offers the ultimate in rest, relaxation and rejuvenation with a menu of luxe facials, invigorating scrubs and sensuous massages. With the introduction of the spa’s Wedding Collection, brides, grooms and the entire wedding party now have a dedicated treatment menu from which to pamper and prepare for the magical day.

Eau Spa features 19 Spa Villas, including three spacious Couples’ Spa Villas, providing an intimate experience far beyond treatments, with lavish outdoor garden enclaves, oversized soaking tubs and al fresco rainfall showers for an open-air spa experience and ultimate relaxation either before or after the big day. Adjoining Spa Villas are also available and ideal for large groups and wedding parties.

Eau Spa is just the beginning when it comes to Ritz-Carlton wedding specialties. The beachside resort is home to four sophisticated wedding locales; couples can say their vows in the outdoor Courtyard, with an infinity pool and Atlantic Ocean as the romantic backdrop or one of the three ballrooms – Ocean, Plaza and Ritz-Carlton – adorned with decadent silk and chandeliers and spacious enough for any size gathering. For a more intimate wedding ceremony, couples can invite their closest friends and family to witness the exchange of vows in a fanciful oceanfront cabana. No matter which venue is chosen, the surf, sand and sunsets of Palm Beach are sure to imbue the day with tranquility and natural beauty.

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Maybelline foundation, concealer, powder, blush and lip products
  • 40% off Neutrogena foundation, powder, concealer and blush
  • 40% off Sally Hansen nail treatment and color
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Studio 35 implements
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Organix shampoo and conditioner <---I reviewed 'em here!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Johnson skincare softlotion and softwash <---LOVE this stuff

0(yawn… not many sales here this week)

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • (with card) CoverGirl Lash Blast Length–$7! <--read my review here
  • (with card) CoverGirl Wetslicks, TruShine, Incredifull, Continuous Color lip, eye shadow quads, Line Exact eyeliner, EyeLights or Lashblast mascara–all $5
  • (with card) All L’Oreal eye shadow, mascara and liner–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) All Milani Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) All Physicians’s Formula–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (with card) Nature Bounty’s vitamins–Buy 1, Get 1 Free <--GREAT DEAL!

_______________________________________

This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 20th-September 26th

  • ALL Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free!
  • All N.Y.C. Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • L’Oreal Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off

Happy shoppin’!