Wednesday’s Sales & Spotlights!-Week of 1/24/10

It’s been awhile but I’m back with some sales and spotlights for you. Enjoy!

Fashion Addiction hosts giveaway!


Three lucky ladies will win fabulous products from Sothys. Click the website to enter. Good luck!

JESMakeup’s Look re-creation contest!

My girl, Jes is giving away some awesome gifts to any of her subscribers that re-create one of her looks. Click the video to get the details. If you enter, let me know so I can support you!

ThanksForBeingThere.com

Y’all know I try to stay super positive, right? And not only do I like to live that way, but I like to spread positive vibes too. ThanksForBeingThere gives you the chance to send a “thank you” to a friend, family member, SO, co-worker…anyone! Simply upload a message and photo and viola! The whole world now knows how thankful you are for that someone special. Websites like this and Operation Beautiful show that the interwebs ain’t full of trolls. Guess who I sent mine too? Hehehe….typos and all.

This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • Maybelline foundation, concealer, powder, blush–40% off
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics facial moisturizers or lotions–buy 1, get 1 50% off

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This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from January 24th-January 30th

  • (with card) L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara, $10.49

Sales are a bit weak this week. Boo!!

Degree Sponsored SAG awards party

So guess who had a Degree sponsored Screen Actor’s Guild award show party? Clumps of Mascara did! And we had a ball! Guests walked in to a display table of goodies….


It was later decorated with tons of door prizes. I so forgot to take a picture of that though. As ladies t
rickled in, they made their way to the manicure table.

That’s right…Serendity Day Spa came to us and treated us to wonderful fabulous manicures. And uh, wha? Do we see one of my favorite nail polish brands?


Yep! They love Zoya just as much as I do.


The ladies gave the best hand/arm massages ever! We talked beauty stuffs before the SAG awards but before we knew it, celebs were walking the red carpet and we all headed over to see the fabulous dresses and suits.

Now I only watch one current show on TV. And that’s Glee. I was pretty much the only person shrieking when I saw Mark Salling as Puck hit the screen.


Like OMG, he is soooo dreamy! And as far as our favorite dresses and make-up looks…

Diane Kruger and her orange dress…


I love love loooove this color and the style of this dress. And she’s sporting a red lip with it? We loved it! And Monique, who won an award, looked fab too.

It’s not the most colorful dress in the world but we loved her hair and make-up. Is that a Sam Fine job? After more screaming over who was hot and who was not, it was time for the big deal giveaway. A $100 gift card to Macy’s. Everyone put their name in a hat…

Except me. Because, you know….that wouldn’t be fair. LOL!


Our 9-year old name puller selected none other than Meagan from Lipstick Mixtapes. Look at her…getting her nails done all innocently.


Little did we know that she would strategically place her name in the hat so that it would be pulled. Yeah…we were hatin’. But leave it to sugary cake therapy to make us feel better.


Too bad we were too tired to play Taboo after the awards show. Ah well…maybe next Saturday!


And as far as at Degree’s Ultra Clear Satin? Loves iiiit!

Disclaimer: Degree sponsored this event in that I was provided a gift card to purchase necessities for the party. We were sent movies, their new Ultra Clear Red Satin deodorant, a Macy’s gift card to raffle and manicures by Serendipity Day Spa. I organized the event but was not paid to write this post. Read our disclosure policy here.

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EcoTools bags designed by Alicia Silverstone

Sooo, my ever so favorite EcoTools has come out with some darling eco-friendly (of course) cosmetic bags designed by the fabulous Alicia Silverstone.


I most remember her as Cher from Clueless. I know that movie word from word. Don’t judge me. I grew up in the 90’s and that was so one of the hottest movies. Ha! Let’s talk about the bags…

Overnight Bag
($19.99)


This is perfect! When I travel, I usually have a cosmetic bag and a bag for lotion/deodorant type products. I can toss everything in this one bag.

Cosmetic Brush Bag
($12.99)



This limited edition bag features a skunk brush that works beautifully on the cheeks. This bag is a MUST have.

Train case
($14.99)


This baby sits at my office and holds those “What if I have to freshen up?” goodies.

EcoTools has done it again. Great quality with eco-friendly high quality brushes and bags? And they’re affordable? EcoTools, will you marry me?

Okay, I got ahead of myself. My bad. You can find these kids where ever EcoTools products are sold including your favorite drugstore and Ulta stores.

Other EcoTools reviews:
EcoTools brushes
EcoTools brow grooming set
EcoTools body care products

(photo credit)

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

Giveaway Winner: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous mascara

With all of the excitement of Clump’s new layout, I totally forgot to draw a winner for the Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptous brown mascara giveaway. Here we goooo….

Random.org says….



So that would be…



Congrats Evie! Shoot me an email with your mailing address so I can get that mascara to you. I’ll be having more giveaways soon, y’all. Stay tuned!

…and this will be the next mascara that I review. I hope it is as good as the original Lash Stiletto. Weeee!

Mascara Monday: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

This was probably one of the most highly requested mascaras. And I am FINALLY getting to it. Is it worth the hype? Hmmm…

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $18 at Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims:
“Bare Escentuals Buxom® Lash Mascara – Blackest Black holds the style of your lashes for a continuous 12 hours with no flakiness. The silky, vitamin-rich formula darkens, lengthens, and thickens from root to tip without ever clumping. Its patented, hourglass-shaped brush is designed to lift and separate every lash while delivering the perfect amount of antioxidant-rich mascara needed for bigger, fuller lashes. “ (source)

The truth:
*yawn* Oh wait….what were we talking about again?
What I loved about it: It’s a green mascara so it lacks:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Phthalates

That’s pretty cool!

What I didn’t like: It claimed to be a volume mascara but I didn’t see much. That sucks.

Overall: This is one of those mascaras that took me almost a year to review. I’m not sure why. I received SO many requests to review it and just never got around to it. But here we are. I’m not all that impressed with Buxom. Like, at all…. First, let’s take a look at the wand.


This is what they call their hour glass buxom wand. As you can see, the middle of the wand sucks in and if you hold it vertically, it indeed looks like an hourglass. I mentioned in the video that I didn’t see the big deal in this but I guess it’s one of those things that companies like to do to make their wands appear “more unique”. Um yeah…whatever works.

It’s not a bad wand though. The bristles are long enough to effectively grab the lashes so they get an A+ in that area. It does, though, make for tough application in the inner lashes. The end of the wand is rounded and well..it is really hard to get in the corners.

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t get much volume out of this mascara. The lengthening bit was okay but I wasn’t THAT impressed. Perhaps the best thing about this mascara is the fact that it is build-able. And it really doesn’t clump no matter how many coats you apply. But even that was enough to appease me. I needed more length and at least SOME volume.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)




Lashes with 3 coats of mascara

Okay, here’s a far away shot.

The lashes still look a puny to me. Boo!

I can appreciate that a little booklet thingie comes with the mascara though.


It gives neat tricks of how to apply the mascara with their special wand. Nothing that us veteran mascara users don’t know though.


Would I recommend it?: Nope. It’s pretty average and for $18, I think there are better out there.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

So…what do you think?

Happy Saturday, sweetums!

I am up super early to head out in the streets to run. I love running outside and can only do it on the weekends. I have been unofficially training for this 5K and lemme tell y’all…if I can do it, anyone can. This coming from a chick who at one point could bar

ely run for 5 seconds.

But I’ll save that talk for a 50 Million Pound challenge post.

What I really need is your opinion and advice.

 

Do you like Clumps’ new layout? Or do you hate it? What would you change? What do you love? Or miss? Click on the preview below to be be taken to our little survey. Be honest. It is completely anonymous. You all’s opinions mean A LOT to me. Help me help you.

And a very happy birthday to my sister Courtney who turns 20 today!!

Ciao for now, kiddos! Have a great weekend.

FOTD Friday: Cat eyes and stained cheeks


Happy Friday, my darlings! Clumps 2010 is slowly showing its face so if you are liking the new changes (or not), let me know.

I’ve also been playing around with products that I’ve never used before. Watch this….

I did a simple neutral eye. I really really love L’OReal HIP’s paints, y’all. Perfect as bases and perfect as eye shadows too. I applied a bit on the lid, added a dark matte on the crease and swept some of the lovely NARS Albatross under the brow.


And then I pulled out a gadget that I’ve never used before. Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner. It looks like a felt tip pen, uh?


I didn’t know whether to draw on my mirror or on my my lids. Five minutes later….


Yes, it took me five minutes. HA! Have any of y’all used these? It was surprisingly precise. I love! Next up was Stila’s Yumberry Crush lip and cheek stain.This stuff seriously smells like red (not cherry, lol) Kool-Aid. I couldn’t figure out how to get it on the cheeks so I made up my own little method.


And I grabbed my favorite skunk brush from EcoTools and…


Final look….

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
Stila’s Yumberry Crush lip and cheek stain

EYES:
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty

MAC Embark eye shadow (crease)
Albatross highlighter
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner
….and this black and silver mascara

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Tarte gloss. Loves this!

Blurry furry sparkle sparkle shine shine!



This is the “Yeah, okay Mom. Yes. No, but I will. Right. I know, I know. OK, love you too. Bye.” look.


….and why is my Christmas tree still up?


I know, right? HA!! Stay tuned for my reviews on all of those awesome Stila goodies.

Have a fabulous weekend,

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

50 million pound challenge: Green smoothies are my BFF


I can’t tell y’all how many emails I get about green smoothies. I am SO glad to see this yummy drink become more and more popular. So here it is….the All About Green Smoothies post.

Q: What made you want to start drinking green smoothies?
A: During the summer of 2009 I wanted to try something new diet-wise. I really wanted to start falling in love with vegetables again and incorporate them more in my diet. Sooo…I went on a raw food diet and loved it. I read about green smoothies and fell in love. I love that they are cheap, portable, easy to make, delicious AND provide me more than the daily recommended amount of greens I need.

Q: What makes these things so healthy for you?
A: You’re kidding, right? Green smoothies are nothing but fruits and vegetables–the two kinds of food that most of us don’t eat enough of. I could talk all day about how the health benefits of green smoothies, but this article sums it all up!

Q: Wait…you mean it has vegetables in it? Eww! That means it tastes gross, right?
A: Nope. Thanks to naturally sweet fruits, you really can’t even taste the greens. Some people get turned off by the green color and I don’t know why. Green is beautiful!

Q: How often can you drink them?
A: I drink at least 40 oz of green smoothie a day. My body literally craves them. I put them in washable bottles and sip them in between meals. They are also excellent for breakfast, after a work-out and as a dessert. Oh…and I love them as energy boosters.

Q: Do you need a super pricey and amazingly awesome blender like a VitaMix?
A: Heck no! All of my blenders have been under $50. I’ve gone through 3 in about a year so I should probably invest in a top of the line blender. However…my cheap-self won’t allow me to make the purchase. :( No worries. My current Black & Decker Cyclone is holdin’ it down!

See how it got its name?

Q: How do you make a green smoothie?
A: I knew you’d ask that!

First, do know that there are no rules to making these babies. No measuring is needed. Mix this and add that and you’ve got a green smoothie .Ice and water are the foundation to my green smoothies. Not to mention without them you’ll be drinking what tastes like pureed grass. Trust me on this. And of course you need GREENS. Like kale, for example.


Kale is typically used as a garnish but when blended it provides an insane amount of Vitamin K. I use this and spinach the most. You can also use lettuce, parsley and chard. I tried collard greens once but I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone. *gags*

And then you need fruits!


I ALWAYS add a banana in my smoothies. They seem to do the best job at cutting the veggie taste. Be creative with your fruits. You can use anything in fresh or frozen form. Very rarely do I purchase expensive behind fruits from grocery stores. I like to support fresh fruit markets and go to one every Sunday after church. However, because of the season my market is on hiatus and I’m left to buying fruits from the grocery store. Do you need organic fruits? I guess it’s a personal thing. I always get organic apples because apples are more prone to getting zapped with pesticides with their permeable skin and all. But when it comes to bananas, berries, etc…I say my grace and move on.

Got milk?


I don’t add any milks to my smoothies unless I am making them for a dessert or want a little something special. Rice milk is a rarity for me. I LOVE almond milk but apparently so does everyone else in the world because it is always out of stock when I want it. Coconut milk=heaven. But fatty heaven and for that I only add it in smoothies every now and then. Feel free to use any kind of milk you like. I avoid cow’s and soy milk because they both are no bueño on my tummy.

Where da sugar at?


Adding a bit of sweetness to smoothies is also a rarity. Sometimes the fruits don’t provide enough and this is where additives come in. I only add a bit of raw cane sugar, honey, stevia or agave nectar. Maple syrup works well too but be careful….it is high in calories.

Flavor enhancements?


Some add whey and hemp protein to their smoothies. I haven’t tried either yet but I LOVE cinnamon and ginger. I also add a few drops of Vanilla extract in a smoothie if I really want a nice treat.

A blender full of green smoothie is enough to last me the whole day.


If I am detoxing, I double my intake of green smoothie and drink them in lieu of breakfast and lunch. The great thing about green smoothies is that they can last for a good 2-3 days in the fridge.

That’s it, y’all!

Some of my favorite random recipes include:

Sliced apples (super refreshing)
Strawberries
Banana
Kale

Avocado
Pineapple
Spinach
Coconut milk
Banana
….tastes like a green piña colada. Yum!

Blueberries
Strawberries
Kale/spinach
Pineapple
Almond milk
….full of antioxidants and GREAT for after work-outs.

Happy blending!

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

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