Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro Volume

Good ole’ Maybelline has graced us with not one, not two but FOUR new mascaras under the XXL Pro by EyeStudio line. Now if you know anything about Maybelline mascaras, you may remember the original XXL mascaras. I’ve reviewed the Volume and Lengthening before. Don’t quote me on this, but I think that the XXL Pro will replace the XXL mascaras. Aside from the colors, the packaging doesn’t change so it makes me wonder if the formulations have.
Of course the only way to figure this out is by reviewing them.

First up…volume!!


Maybelline XXL Pro Volume


Hit the jump to see if it rocks or rolls…into the garbage can, that is. 😉

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5


What it claims:
Per the packaging…


The truth: It’s aight…I don’t know about this microfiber thing. I didn’t experience any of that.

What I loved about it: Um, I couldn’t find anything to REALLY love about it.

What I didn’t like: I don’t feel like I got enough volume. Boo!

Overall: I always have high expectations for mascaras that claim to volumize. These mascaras excite me more than lengthening and curling mascaras. Volume=bigger and lusher lashes and that’s just so me! Maybelline XXL Pro Volume, like all of the XXL Pro mascaras, are dual ended.

You’ve got a primer on one end and the mascara on the other.

La Primer…

La Mascara…


I’m not the biggest fan of these wands. I mean…they aren’t bad but I wish they the bristles were a little further out. Now here’s the thing about the primer…although it goes on white, it disappears after applying the mascara.

I know, what you’re thinking, “What’s the point of this mascara? And does it really make a difference?” Truth is…it does! Watch this…


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)








Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

First the primer…

…and then viola!


Left eye: mascara WITH primer

Right eye: just mascara

Quite the difference, uh? So while it seems like an unnecessary step, the primer actually works. But I’m not all that impressed with the volume I got. Because I didn’t get much. Lengthening was good but come on…where’s the cream filling? 
I also found this baby to be a tad bit flaky. Could it be because my lashes were coated too much? Maybe.
Ah well…I hope the other XXL Pro mascaras don’t let me down as much




Would I recommend it?: It’s not a must have. Snag it if it’s on sale.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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FOTD Friday: Coppering eyes and red like fiyah lips

Happy Friday, darlings! Gosh, I still can’t believe that it’s February already. I love the month of February. You’ve got Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and for us Floridians the weather starts hitting around the 80’s and 90’s and it’s practically summer time. Someone out there just shoveled snow this morning and is giving me “the look” but don’t hate me. Visit Florida! LOL! 
Anywhoovers…so despite the fact that I’m Valentine-less this year (*pops collar* So far..lol), I still really like Valentine-y stuffs. I love the pink and red and it’s just so cheesy and over the top and right up my alley. My original FOTD was going to be something on the lines of…


Click the jump to see what the final look looked like!

But I’ve done that before. Remember when I used that NARS Caravaggio duo? Loved it! But for some reason I was feeling like sportin’ a red lip. But when doing so I wanted to do a pretty soft eye. 

So I pulled out MAC’s Coppering eyeshadow. Man, I forgot how much I loved that color. It’s just so warm yet un-boring. See!
Go ‘head, Coppering! You rock and you know it. And then I had fun with a bright red lip.

What I used…

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty (lid)
MAC Coppering eyeshadow (outer-V)
MAC Embark and Handwritten (crease

NARS Edie eyeshadow (between crease and brow)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
L’Oreal Voluminous <—such a staple!

LIPS:
Milani Bonfire lip pencil
MAC Port Red lipstick
MAC 3D Lipglass in Wondershine <—throwback!



 

 

…and this one is for my girl Afrobella who LOVES bananas!

Actually, I’m kidding. She hates everything banana-related except banana bread and I love everything banana-related except banana bread. HA!

So what do you think? About bananas, I mean? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

I am going to have a pretty busy weekend. I am headed to Miami to crash a Superbowl celebrity styling lounge (no…seriously. I’ll tweet pics!) and then I am throwing my friend a baby shower in Tampa on Saturday. And let’s hope that I manage to finish up my 5K training for the week.

Okay, my loves….see y’all next week!

Have a fabulous weekend,
 

Go Red for Women Campaign and giveaway

Y’all know I love causes. And I love when my favorite department store Macy’s jumps on the Cause Bandwagon too.

 

If you didn’t know, my darlings, heart disease is the #1 killer among American men and women. Since 2004, Macy’s has sponsored Go Red For Women and has donated over $21 million to the cause.
Macy’s also wants YOU to get involved….and here’s how:

•    Red is the color that saves at the Wear Red Sale <—you can get up to 20% off!
•    Take fashion to heart and buy the limited edition INC International Concepts Little Red Dress
•    Speak Up against heart disease by sharing your story at the Go Red Casting Calls
•    Attend a Go Red luncheon in your area
•    Join Go Red For Women
How will you do your part to help beat heart disease? I will wear red on Friday and continue to motivate others to take on better eating habits. Tell me what you will do and you can have the chance of winning a $25 gift card to Macy’s. This giveaway is sponsored by Macy’s and is only available to those in the United States. To be considered simply a comment in this post with your name, email address and your thoughts on how you feel as if you can help beat heart disease. 
Contest ends Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:00 am. Winner will be selected at random.
Good luck and go red!!

FTC Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by Macy’s Go Red for Women campaign. Monetary compensation was not awarded to me for the publishing of this post. Should you have any questions please read our disclosure policy here or email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

50 million pound challenge: Fat and Fit??


Look at that….I’ve been doing a whole bunch of writing about healthy foods and smoothies but I have yet to talk about fitness! And that’s crazy considering fitness takes up a great chunk of my life.

The title of this post was inspired by A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss. It was there where I saw this video.


So yeah…the Wii Fit STILL says I’m overweight. My BMI is 30.1. I work out 5-7 times a week and have a diet that is 50% raw vegetables. Could it be that I am too fat and fit? Er uh…where do I begin with this?

Working out is important. And it’s one of those things that I always knew but ignored. For most of my life, I always made excuses for why I didn’t want to work out.

Hit the jump to continue…

“I don’t have time.”

I don’t want to mess up my hair.”

“I hate sweating.”

“But I fell down on my knee when I was 6 and it still hurts.”

All excuses for why I didn’t want to work-out. I was never an athlete. I was the typical kid in that I spent a lot of time outside running around, swimming and riding my bike but I was never on any team. In 10th grade I tried out for the volleyball team and gave up the 2nd day of conditioning. What a punk, right?

But now you can’t stop me from working out. And I’m tellin’ y’all…if I can do it, anyone can. Many ask what my motivation was. What finally got me to be a regular in the gym. It’s very simple.

High blood pressure. 
Diabetes.

While I don’t have the latter, people in my family do. My blood pressure was in the 140’s when I was only 22 years old. The thought of being put on medication scared the devil out of me. I knew changes had to be made. Changes that I probably wouldn’t like. Here’s how to do it…

1. Set a goal for yourself. Be it a dress size, weight or a challenge. Find  a realistic goal to look forward to. It was always easier for me to work-out when I knew I was working towards something I really wanted. I continue to do this every time I work-out too. If I am running outside, I always look at a marker (be it a tree or sign) and I push myself until I get to that marker. It is never easy but congratulating yourself on that little accomplishment does wonders for your self-esteem.


2. Have a support system. This is SO important. And they don’t always have to be people in your immediate life. Join social networking sites for those in the same position as you. Follow your favorite nutritionists or work-out folx on Twitter. Having the support of others really kept me going on those days when I felt like giving up.


3. Realize that it takes time. If you aren’t used to working out, don’t expect for it to be easy the first two weeks that you do it. It takes time for your body to adjust. And it is really more mental than anything. I FORCED myself to work-out every day for a month. After that month, going 4-5 times a week seemed easier.

4. Do not let yourself make excuses. I know, easier said than done, right? Personally, I feel awful on days that I don’t work out when I know I’m supposed to. Even if I can’t make it to the gym, I try to jump on the Wii Fit, jump rope, do some yoga or at least eat lighter that day. If being active is what you seek, make time for it. We make time for everything else, right? If you are a TV watcher, do lunges and squats during commercials. If you work at a desk all day, do mini-ab work-outs. The more conscious you are of working out, the fewer excuses you will make.


5. Tell yourself you can do it! This sound super lame but it really works. Positive thinking goes a long way. Especially when being conscious about health and fitness. Stop obsessing over what you used to look like. Stop fantasizing over having a body like your favorite celebrity. You are already beautiful. Tell yourself this and keeping reminding yourself that being healthy is way more important than how you look on the outside.

I’m no professional. I just want to be healthy. Not skinny. But healthy. Some confuse my active working out for wanting to be small. I have long accepted the fact that I will not be a size 2. Or 6. It is not in my genetic make-up. Where I’m from women are “thick”. Thick is fine but healthy is better.

I challenge you all to work-out to the best of your ability.  Work it out! If you have any tips or ideas, please share them!

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes
Water Water is my friend
Green Smoothies are my BFF

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Celeb Spotlight: Keri Hilson’s Grammy look

Soooo chicas, did anyone catch the Grammy’s? Or was I the only loser that didn’t? I know…I’m so bad. I actually forgot to watch it. It wasn’t a terrible lost though because the next morning I woke up to a ton of Grammy related blog posts in my Google Reader.

One of my favorite looks of the night was by Ms. Keri Hilson….

Now don’t ask me what song she sings. Y’all know I live under a pop culture rock and don’t know these things. But the lady is killing it with the dark purple eye. Keri’s make-up was done by make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff (whose hair I am obsessed with) and she used one of CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast Shadow Stick in Purple Plum as her base. You’ve seen them in your drugstores, right? They look like this…

I will definitely be trying these babies out with the quickness. I loved how Ashunta kept the purple right on the lid without blending too much. It really makes the look pop out more. Oh…and I would be remiss if I didn’t show Ms. Hilson’s mermaid-style dress.

*faints* Goodbye. I know of nothing else to say. There is just an overbundance of fabulousness in this post.

Okay, but seriously….what do you think about her look? Has anyone tried those CoverGirl Shadow Sticks? I’m thinking of posting some more of my favorite Grammy looks. Hmm…

Stay tuned!

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Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Reverie


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.

Spring time is here! Can you feel it? Nah, I’m jivin’. Even Florida isn’t feeling quite Spring-like to me just yet. I ordered 80-degree weather a few days ago and it still ain’t here!

Humph! Well, in the meantime we’ve got a gorgeous Spring collection from Zoya. I have been getting so many emails about collection so please excuse the delay. Better late than never, riiiiight? This collection is all about ‘metallic oil slick’ looking polishes, per Zoya’s website. (source) Perfect for Spring!

 Hit the jump to see up close swatches of each polish.

Adina was the color that many folx emailed me about. This color reminds me of a light purple marble. It is definitely the most unique in the bunch but I’m not too sure how I feel about it on my warm skin. Hmm….

Reece is totally awesome and although I have a polish like this in my collection (the name escapes me) I welcomed Reece with open arms. It is super pink with gold undertones. Loves it!

Happi is is like Reece’s little sister. The pink is taken down a few notches it’s actually wearable enough for me. I’m not the biggest fan of pink polishes (so blah and expected) but with that added shimmer…I could work it a bit.


Gwin is urnge as us folx in the South say. Urnge means extremely orange. Gwin actually has a lot of red in it too but mannnn, I LOVE how it looks!

Lana is like Gwin minus the orange. What is left is a ton of red but you still have that beautiful gold that radiates a mile away. Yikes! The application on my middle finger is no bueno.

Laney is a super metallic silver that I just love! I love silver polishes….especially when they are opaque after only one coat.


Not bad for a Spring collection, Zoya! Although I would have loved to see an unexpected color like green. A metallic green would have been awesome. Something on the lines of Zoya’s Midori which I still rock to this very day. I only applied two coats for each color, which is great! Oftentimes metallic polishes can be a hot streaky mess. I didn’t experience any problems with these babies though.

Which one is your favorite? 

Buy these and more for $7/bottle at Zoya.com.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,



This Day in Black History:
1920-The Negro Baseball League was founded.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Beauty Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser

Well y’all…it’s about time I review the cleanser I’ve been using and loving for months now. Philosophy’s Purity ain’t new to the skincare world. This Best of Sephora winner in 2008 is probably one of the best cleansers I have ever used. Let’s get down to the basics.


Hit the jump to get the skinny….

This baby comes in many different sizes. What you see is the 8 oz for $20 but they also have…

3 oz for $10
16 oz for $32
24 oz for $40

I’ve seen that 24 oz in person before. It is huge, y’all! Why any one needs THAT much cleanser at a time is beyond me. Ha! Either way, the cleanser can be considered a tad bit pricey. I recommend grabbing the 3 oz if you are super skeptical. But I think you’ll be back because the cleanser delivers.

What they say it’s supposed to do:
“Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a ph-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.” (source)


Pretty simple, uh? Oh wait—they already said that. I love how creamy it is.


In fact, it doesn’t really feel like your typical cleanser. And when it hits water, instead of foaming, it produces a few bubbles that feel heavenly on the face.


I typically use this with my Clarisonic Mia and I LOVE it. It doesn’t have any strong scents and does not leave the skin streaky clean. At the same time, however, I can always tell that my skin got a good cleansing. This has been the only cleanser I have used for the past few months and my acne prone skin has been actin’ right. Holla!

So yes…it really is that simple. I love this stuff and will definitely be purchasing again. And again. And probably again.

Have y’all tried Purity? Any Philosophy fans out there?

This Day in Black History:
1915-Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal 
for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.

Happy Black History Month!

It’s Black History Month! Last year I inserted random Black History facts in each Clumps of Mascara post. Many of you enjoyed these little tidbits. I’m glad! Knowledge is beauty too. Black History Month started off as Black History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson


Oh and on this day in 1974 the television show Good Times premiered…

The family of 5 dealt with day to day struggles in Chicago. While some argue that this show exaggerated the lives of Black people in urban Chi-Town, I thought it was a good show. Despite their financial shortcomings, the Evans always managed to keep the faith. Crazy how it was called ‘Good Times’ though when it seemed like the Evans went though nothing but bad times. Ha! To find out more about Good Times click here. If there are any contributions or suggestions you have for this year’s Black History Month facts, please let me know.

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