The Makeup Show-Day 1 (mobile post)

Okay fam…keep in mind that I will do complete coverage of The Makeup Show NYC when I make it back to Florida. These are just teaser posts. If you have questions about anything in particular don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Responding to posts via mobile is crazy hard!!

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably seen some of these photos already.

Oh! Whoever guessed that the polish I am wearing in the previous NYC post was from OPI’s South Beach collection and called Done Out in Deco was absolutely right!

First up!

I absolutely love the idea of Mommy Makeup! Until I do a formal review of these products, you should check out their site at MommyMakeup.com.

What in the powdery colorful goodness are these? Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pigments! You know you want one…. And yes! I got not one but TWO of their lip tars. Can’t wait to review them.

Crown brushes!! Amazing quality—insane price. No really….insane. As in good, I mean. Be on the look-out for a giveaway!

Blogger girls in the house! Yummy411 and Her Royal Poshness (who was visiting the states for her first time ever—-and alone!) and I took a few minutes to get cute for the cam!

It’s YouTube make-up guru Koren and Oscar-award winning make-up artist Eve Pearl! Both are extremely down to Earth. And yes I was begging Koren to jump on Twitter. Did you know he has launched a website? Enkoremakeuponline.com. Hotness!!

Whoa whoa….beautiful shades from Make Up For Ever. Sooo pigmented!

Tis it for now, friends. You can get more coverage of The Makeup Show NYC from me if you follow me on Twitter (@ClumpsOfMascara)

Anything you want me to check out? Let me know!!

Stay beautiful!

Brittany

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NYC Mobile Post

Hey family!

I’m just shootin’ you some quick photos of my time so far here in NYC. I so wish I could spead all of my photos out instead of ALL of them ending up at the top.

Ah well…

All pictures were taken with my Blackberry so if they look a little fuzzy….that’s why!

First photo is of New York City, of course! I was hangin’ out at a cafe off of 42nd and Lexington. Or something like that. Ha!

Next up is a darling little flower ring that I got from a wholesale shop for only $3. Actually…..I got A LOT of little goodies for only $2-$3. Blame those purchases on Miss. Yaya from I’ll Be My Own Judge; fellow beauty/fashion blogger.

My hair is LOVING Carol’s Daughter’s Hair Milk. I will do a formal review on this one but I just wanted to share with my family how much I love it. I am also supporting a mani I got done at Avanti Spa with Adina from KraseyBeauty.com. Nail polish fans…can you guess the color? Hint: it is a OPI color. And you thought it was Zoya’s Malia, uh?

Can you believe I only brought TWO palettes with me on this trip. What can I say? The NARS Bridal palette and Urban Decay (omg, what is it called again?) palette have everything I need! And as far as that Dove deodorant. Wow!! Stay tuned for a review and giveaway of that baby!

….and then of course, it’s me throwing up the deuces. Why do people do that? And why do you feel like you have to wear shades when you do it? Lol…craziness!

Today I will be at Saks off of 5th Avenue swooning over the work of celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath. Right after is the Blogger Preview at The Makeup Show. And after that? Who knows? Sushi? Thai? Shopping? I’m up for anything!

I hope that you all are having a great weekend!!

Special love to my girl Tamar is has been holding down Clumps beautifully!

Stay beautiful,

Brittany

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Beauty and……the Male

A Clumps of Mascara first: Beauty from a male’s view.

Check out what Kenneth has to say about “The M-word”.

When it comes to societal norms, one thing that I have never quite grasped is why it is largely socially unacceptable for men to take care of their bodies—inside and out. I am thoroughly convinced that one of the reasons that women, in some circumstances, do not end up with men that they are happy to be with is because some women really don’t know what they want in a man. On one hand you say, I want a “manly man” who exhibits all of the macho images in the media. Then you turn around and denigrate those men who do dress nicely and take care of themselves in special ways. You leave men to wonder, “which is it?” What I find even more curious is that some women who say that they want a “manly man” feed into this stereotype.

What I have never quite grasped is why any woman would want to be with a man who is less than clean, neat and well put together? Someone, somewhere has come up with a list of items that “manly men” are not to engage in. And it seems like every day the number of “unmanly” things increases. To date, here is just a small list of what women have told me manly men should not do:

-Pluck or manage their eyebrows

-Shave their underarm hair or chest hair

-Get a facial, pedicure, or massage

-Use chap stick on their lips

-Applying lotion daily

-Have soft hands

-Dress nicely

-Smell nicely

-Eat a salad (yes!)

The list could certainly go on, but you understand what I am getting at. Now, ladies, close your eyes and think for a moment about the “manly man” who is a result of not taking care of himself by doing none of these things. He has eyebrows going every which way, hair growing out from under his arms, his nails are jagged, his lips are chapped, his skin is chaffed, and he is an overall disaster. Now pucker up to kiss this Adonis of a man!

The point might be made that men, themselves, also play a role in this quandary. I do not disagree. Once I was reading a book on etiquette and a male friend of mine called me the dirty M-word,“Metro.” I find these men to be just plain jealous, or “haters”. Many of these men do not want to take the time or energy to be neat, clean and dress nicely. Why? Beauty doesn’t just happen after all, you have to work at it!

Let me be clear on this. I am all for men playing their natural role in society. Yes, there is such a thing as taking it over the top on beautifying oneself as a man. However, we have taken it too far as a society when we refer to a man as the dirty “M-word” for exfoliating his skin or using lip balm. We, as men, must play our part to not allow the stereotypes to keep us from taking care of ourselves. Exfoliating your skin says nothing about your manliness, your sexual orientation or your ability to play the natural role that God has ordained men to play in our society. “Clump” readers, the paradigm shift begins with you. Begin to celebrate and appreciate those men that do take the time to take care of themselves, and hope that you end up with one!

So ladies Do you want your man groomed? When he takes the initiative do you call him the “M” word? Would he take offense if you did?

Kenneth D. Pratt, Esq.

Kenneth D. Pratt is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years. Pratt has published several short stories, poems, and op eds in National as well as local publications. Kenneth is a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoys reading, travel, and sports.

Allow me to introduce myself…..

Hello Clumps Of Mascara family allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tamar and I’m the new assistant editor. I’m not new to this site but I am new to this family and this job. I cant wait to get to know all of you!

The reason I love COM is because its a place where everyone is welcome and Brittany has made me feel like its okay to mess up as long as you are learning in the process. I feel that we are all beautiful and we should encourage and uplift one another and this is the perfect outlet for that.

As the assistant editor I’m here to bring you all things beauty. What’s the big question? Is she a professional makeup artist? No way! I’m just a Texas girl that plays around with different looks and products. So please know that the things I write about are based on my experience. I just want to offer you guys a different look on some things that you want to try or have tried already.

So when you see me around greet me with a cyber hug because I’m in this family to stay!

Clumps goes to New York!


Or back to New York, I should say. All posts from here on out will come from the handy dandy Blackberry. I plan to share my entire experience while in New York and at The Makeup Show NYC with Clumps of Mascara readers. Don’t mind the randomness that the blog will take from now until next Wednesday. It won’t be routine, but it will be fun!

-The Makeup Show NYC contest winners have been contacted. Are you one? Check your email and email me back ASAP.

-Are you going to be in the NYC area around the same time that I will be? Heyyyy! Let’s meet up!

-Keep the emails a coming! My responses may be a little delayed but I will respond!

-A guest post or two may pop up. Don’t be alarmed. She’s great!

…..off I go, family.

Stay beautiful!

Amor de Lacquer: Revlon’s Runway Collection Nails


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.

I had the opportunity to test drive Revlon’s Runway glue-on nails. I haven’t worn a pair of fake nails since early middle school. My Mom was sooo against me wearing acrylic so I would buy a pack of nails and rock them on the weekends. Giiiiirl, you couldn’t tell me nothin‘. Fast forward to high school and college where acrylics rocked my world. I’ve been acrylic free for almost two years but I have to admit…I LOVE the way these nails look.

The mess I made…


Let’s talk about the design…


French nails are so blah to me. I like how the snazzy glitter design jazzes things up a bit. I would probably never regularly wear a design like this simply because it isn’t my style but they don’t look bad!

Each box contains 24 nails in 12 sizes. Because I have such long nail beds, I just knew it would be a struggle trying to find a size that fit me. Buuuut….


I did! There were sizes for all 10 of my fingers. I loved how the length was not THAT much longer than my natural nails. I don’t like my nails looking super long.

The process…

I forgot how much of a mess applying fake nails can be. You really have to take your time. The glue STICKS and it does not budge. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Good because that means the nails will stay on for at least 7-10 days! I kept mine on for 8 days.

Bad because if you make a mistake with the initial application…girl, you’re in trouble.

I love the overall though! Don’t they look like I got them done at a salon?



I think they look good!

Whatcha think?

Would you buy a pack of these?

Polish Pretty,

[EDIT: I forgot to mention the removal process. Uh....don't be like me and rip them off. They need to be soaked in pure acetone. Forcefully removing them results in 3 beat-up nails that will take months to heal. Not that I know from experience or anything. Hehe. I mean, *sobs*---Thanks Brooke!]

Beauty Review: MAC Funtabulous Dazzleglass

I have always had a thing for MAC’s Dazzleglass. I remember when they first came out. I was in LOVE.

But the $18.00 (a year ago they were $16.50!!) price tag just doesn’t sit well with me. I mean really? $18.00..for lip gloss? Not exactly a recession-friendly purchase. I probably would not have made it had it not been for a Nordstrom’s gift card.

I already own two Dazzleglasses (a review of me in Get Rich here) and I absolutely LOVE them. Granted I don’t wear them all the time but I love how they are nice additions in my make-up stash. Every lady needs a little glitter wear for the lips. Especially a bright magenta one!

Let me introduce you to Funtabulous…


….I decided to have a little photo shoot outside. See….inside it looks glitter-tastic and under control.


But when the sun hits it…




Oh.mi.glittery goodness. This color is a work of art! Of course layering it over your favorite lip gloss or lip stick will really make it pop but I don’t mind wearing it solo. Especially on make-up free day.


Oh, wondering why I have the concerned face?


A little black snack decided to pop his head up over the bushes. Earlier, he slithered by my head while I was laying on the grass. He and other creepy crawlers are reasons why I am not so much of a nature girl. *trembles* So much for make-up shots outside. I’m done.

Do you own any Dazzeglasses?

What’s your favorite one, chica?

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara

Happy happy Monday! And I hope all of the Mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I spent mine in Miami Beach visiting my parental Grandmother. Remember when I talked about her here? Oh yes….she is a remarkable woman. As are all of the women in my life. And check out the view from the Eden Roc hotel…

We treated Grandma to a little vacay in her own city and she loved it. As did I! Miami is my original hometown and yet I had never been to Miami Beach. Wow! I most certainly will be back.

Time for another mascara review….

L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for $7.99 at Walgreens)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “…the first mineral-enriched mascara from L’Oréal’s Bare Naturale. This innovative formula contains 86% natural-origin ingredients, shine-enhancing minerals and is both paraben- and fiber-free. It provides your lashes with flawless volume and length, with a weightless feel that is absolutely clump-free. The brush is made with naturally-based soft bristles that delicately brush through lashes without tugging. Your lashes will look positively flawless and feel fresh and weightless all day long.” (source)

The truth:
Not bad. I mean…for some reasons my expectations were low but this mascara delievered.

What I loved about it: You do get a nice natural look with this mascara. I have always been desirous of crazy volumized lashes but I really like this one.

What I didn’t like: The wand’s bristles weren’t as defined as I like them. Boo.

Overall: I like the idea behind this mascara. At first glance of the word “naturale” you may be like me and assume that the mascara is supposed to give you “natural looking” lashes. No ma’am….the “naturale” comes from what is in–or not in–the mascara. This mineral enriched fragrance-free, paraben-free, fiber-free mascara is formulated with jojoba oil, aloe and Vitamin E. It lacks a great deal of the harsh chemicals that some mascaras tend to have. The fact that its performance is still pretty decent….says a lot!

Now it’s not OMG-totally freakin’ awesome. I would have liked a tad bit more volume and length. But overall, it did a pretty good job. I can see my Mom with a mascara like this. It gives you enough length or volume without going overboard.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Sure. I’m impressed. And I am quite the advocate for being a little more “green” in the beauty world. This mascara is certainly a better step in the right direction.

Skipped on the video review this time around

Check out my other L’Oreal mascara reviews:
L’Oreal Voluminous
L’Oreal HIP High Drama Volumizing mascara
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara
L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen mascara

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)