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.

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“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.

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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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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous

So who remembers the original Lash Stiletto mascara? I do! I do! That’s because I loved it. I thought it was one of the greatest lengthening mascaras in 2009. A year later and now we have Lash Stiletto’s little sister….Lash Stiletto Voluptuous. Is it just as great? Or does it suck? Click the jump to get the stats!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous






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


What it claims:
Per the packaging…






The truth: Meh… I’m confused. What is it supposed to do? 

What I loved about it: I got a good amount of length!

What I didn’t like: I didn’t get any volume and it was a little too clumpy for my liking.

Overall: Well, well well…where to start? First of all…I don’t even know what this mascara is supposed to do. The packaging was extremely vague. So I guess it’s going to give me “incredible length and volume”?? Gee…okay. I guess I’m so used to seeing mascaras with exaggerated claims that it seems strange to see one that doesn’t offer such. I assumed that with it being called “Voluptuous” that it was a volumizing mascara. It was expecting to see full and lush lashes. Negative.

Instead, what I got was length. Which wouldn’t have bothered me had the original Lash Stiletto NOT done that. Accompanying the length was clumps. Boo. Don’t let the website name full you. I’m not really a fan of clumps of mascara. LOL!

Now let’s talk about the wand….

It has what’s called the “plump and stretch brush”. It has a wav-y thing goin’ on and I’m not all that impressed by it really. It doesn’t make applying any easier. It most mimics the Lancome  Hypnose Drama wand but between you and me, I like Lancome’s better. The original Lash Stiletto wand was your average straight wand.

Despite the clumps, it was hard for me to give this mascara a really bad score. I did get A LOT of length. But I’m still disappointed because I wanted some volume. *pouts* 


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)







Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: I think you can pass. Unless you are really wanting to try out that the new plump and stretch brush. Other than that,  I don’t think it’s a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



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Giveaway! Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog gift set

Remember when I did a post about meeting the lovely Lisa Price at the Carol’s Daughter Princess and the Frog event? I forgot that I snagged one of those darling gift set to give away to one lucky Clumps of Mascara reader!

These Magical Beauty Gift sets are currently sold out online.  What comes in the set?

* Shampoo “The Beauty Within” – 8 fl. oz.
* Conditioner “Inner Shine” – 8 fl. oz.
* Bubble Bath “Sharing Means Caring” – 8 fl. oz.
* Loofah


How cute! I was actually going to save it for my goddaughter but uh…she won’t be born until mid-February. HA! So perhaps your daughter, granddaughter, niece, goddaughter, little sister, BFF’s daughter, mentee, student or favorite youngin will love this.

This giveaway is for subscribed readers only. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so by clicking this button..

Be sure that your email address has been verified and viola! To let me know you are interested in this giveaway, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Title your email with “For the princess!” and let me know who you plan on giving it to. This contest is open to International readers and ends on Saturday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST. Around this time I will be hosting my BFF’s baby shower! <—a penny to anyone who can give me any baby shower tips. I’m scurred!

Good luck!

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FOTD Friday: Stila’s Jewel Eye palette

Happy Friday, sugar plums! Can y’all believe that January is almost over? I’m kinda sad about it. After December, January is my favorite month. It’s a new year, I turn a year older and there is a certain refreshing awakening that comes with January. *sigh* But who knows? February, I’m sure, will be full of possibilities. :)
Okay, sooo….I had the opportunity to play with Stila’s jewel eye shadow palette and hot dog! Talk about glittery wonderland!

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Here’s an up close look at this palette.

Stila says that, “the Jewel Eye Shadow formula creates a glistening wave of color that glimmers and sparkles across your lids like no other to give your eyes a brilliant, sequin-like reflection.” (source)

Can’t say they are lying there! I was a bit hesitant to use this palette because glitter always manages to seep into my eyes and make me want to scratch my eyeballs out. It never fails. But I didn’t have that problem with these shadows. They don’t produce as much fall-out as other shadows. The trick is to pack it on.

I also wetted my brush a bit which gave me a bit more color. And viola!

Last weekend I rocked the pink all over the lid…

 
Loved it! The pink popped better on brown skin than I thought it would. I wanted to see if it would do well for a ‘safe for work look’ too. So here’s what I did…
FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Stila’s Yumberry Crush lip and cheek stain <—still so in love with this!EYES:
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Stila Jewel eye palette

NARS Edie eyeshadow
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
Black Shimmer mascara

LIPS:
Stila Amethyst Lip glaze

 
 

See….the fall-out isn’t that bad, is it? I do wish it was a little more pigmented though. And at the end of the day I noticed glitter ALL over my face. This look may be a little TOO much for work though, uh? I’m going to try to do a super intense look with this palette. I am going to use a serious base. Like NYX’s Milk jumbo eye pencil. 10 points to Stila for coming out with a mega cute palette! You can snag it here for $32.00. It’s limited edition so hurry hurry!

Of course I had to do some semi-glittery nails too…

And I dyed one of my locs purple.
 
Yeah…blame it on the glitter. I’ve been feeling rather funky and colorful lately. Am I the only one? I just LOVE color and can never have a favorite one. Although I’ve really been in love with greens and purples these days.
Love that Stila palette? Want it? Not a fan of glitter on the lids?

See you next week!

Have a fabulous weekend,
 

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