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)

The Makeup Show NYC: Free tickets!


That’s right! You read the title correctly. I am giving away not one but TWO tickets for either day of the The Makeup Show NYC. Before you get crazy excited, here are the deets.

  • The Makeup Show NYC is on Sunday, May 17th and Monday, May 18th.
  • Each winner may bring one guest each (WOW!)
  • The Makeup Show NYC will be in New York City (duh) at the Metropolitian Pavilion.
  • I will be there!
  • …..and so will many other fabulous make-up artists, bloggers and brands.
  • Contest ends on Monday, May 11th at 12:00 a.m.
  • A winner will be selected at random.
  • Winners MUST email me directly.

All you have to do to win is….leave a comment in this post with your email address. If you prefer to email me you can do so at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. No need to submit a sob story….but I would love if those who can actually ATTEND this event be the ones that submit their information.

C’mon yall…if you know you can’t make it (ahem, Motherrrr…) give someone else a chance.

If you DON’T win…you can still purchase tickets to The Makeup Show NYC here.

Ticket information

Advance Tickets
One Day Ticket $45
Two Day Ticket $70

At the Door – If Available
One Day Ticket $65 – Tax is not included
Two Day Ticket $85 – Tax is not included

Good luck!! And happy Friday to all!

FOTD Friday: 90’s Challenge look

I’ve got another challenge entry!

If you’ve been around Clumps of Mascara for quick lil‘ minute, you know that I LOVE doing beauty challenges with my fellow beauty bloggin‘ sisters. I participated in the 80’s challenge, a Politically Pretty challenge, A Women’s History Month challenge and now it’s time to break out and do somethin‘ from the 90’s.

I am SUCH a 90’s baby, yall. Granted I was born in ’85 but I don’t remember anything about the ’80’s. I was a Spice Girl lovin‘, Family Matters’ watchin‘, Giga Pet havin‘ kid of the 90’s. And I am proud! A great deal of my older friend love picking for being so young but hey…I am a 90’s baby…and therefore I am cool.

The end…

My girl Amina over at Coup de Coeur spearheaded this challenge and she requested that we do looks inspired from 90’s girl groups. Dude, I didn’t even know where to begin because I LOVE so many. But I wanted to go with a group whose music I not only loved but thought that their images were somehow similar to mine—or vice versa.

I chose…

Now in case you aren’t familiar with the dynamic harmonization that is Zhané, pronounced Jah-Nay, check out the video.

One of my college girls and I would sit and sing this song over and over. We could have been the next Zhané. Oh y’all didn’t know I could sing? Well uh…I try, I try. Teheheeee.

The ladies of Zhané have beautiful features that are never overdone with make-up. Did you watch the video? They have a bronzed look with brown lips. Their brows are defined with very little action goin’ on in the eye department. I tried to do the same but added my own little POP to it.

EYES:
NARS Albatross highlighter (browbone)
MAC Cocobeach pigment (lid)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

FACE:
Cargo Bronzer in Dark

LIPS:
MAC Chestnut lip pencil
Kiss My Face Sheer Organic shine in Topaz


They are earthy ladies and since nature seems to hate me (see why in a post coming soon), I had to use my fake tree to get in on the action.


I am a M-E-S-S. But I had such a good time strollin’ down memory lane and….playing in fake trees.

Rock on, ladies. And may the 90’s live forever!!

(photo source)

Sista Show-Off: More hot blogs, mags and artists


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

  • What do you get when you combine a hubby that shoots and a wifey that bangs out make-up? None other than K&T Makeup Artistry. I love love LOVE family businesses but it especially warms my heart when it is a husband/wife operation. That’s just a beautiful thang. In the DC/M/V area and needin‘ to spruce up your portfolio? Check out the fab duo’s MySpace page for more information.
  • Sommer, the head lady behind the electronic publication of Gemini Mag is quite the inspiration. Sometimes I forget that the average size woman here in America is a size 14. Yes girl….it’s true. Gemini Mag focuses on the beauty and lifestyle by and for plus size women. I love it, I love it! Yours truly has contributed in the Beauty Department of the magazine. Rock on, Sommer! Just remember moi when you land on the newstands. Check out the most recent subscription here.

  • I envy her brows somethin‘ serious. She had me itchin‘ to try henna. This beautiful Indian lady has such a wonderful spirit that is captured beautifully in her blog. She is Saimese.
  • I call Miss. Yaya my Brooklyn angel for a reason. Never mind that we spend time shipping off goodies to each other…..she also has a bomb ass blog! I Will Be On My Own Judge talks about everything from celeb fashions to hair reviews, drugstore polishes and everything in between. And don’t you judge her..because she will be her own judge. Ha!
  • Sweet Life Magazine is everything and then some. Beauty, fashion and entertainment galore! Magazine Editor Michele has an inviting and beautiful layout that makes visiting the e-magzine feel like you have just left reality and entered a paradise. Yours truly has also contributed to this fabulous publication. So sweet!

I hope that you visit the following blogs, websites and magazines. I love love LOVE supporting any and everyone in any way that I can. These women are inspiring in so many ways. I can’t stress enough that NOW is the time to make your dreams come true. Got a passion? Turn it into a career. Got a cause? Make sure your voice is heard. Got money?

….shoooo, I don’t. But don’t let that stop you. Go ‘head and do things that make you happy, lady!

Brown & Blushin': Blush Application 101


How long as it been since we’ve seen a lovely post from the Brown and Blushin’ series? Giiiirl, it’s been a minute. I know, I know. Like Jamie Foxx says, “Blame it on the alc—I mean, acne.” Seriously. A 2-3 month acne break-out can make a sista not even want to look in the mirror much less apply blush. But I can only go so long without applying one of my favorite beauty products.


For quite some time I have gotten a ton of requests for blush application for newbies. I can’t believe I haven’t done a post on this yet! Especially since it took me forever to figure out how to correctly apply blush.

It really is quite simple and there are several ways to do it.

You can apply blush just on the apples of the cheeks to get a nice flush of color. And all you have to do here is make a big ass (sorry Mom, had to say it..) Kool-Aid smile. Like this…

Dab just a little blush on the cheeks. A little blush goes a long way so it’s best to apply a little at a time. I am using MAC’s Full Fuchsia blush. I like to swirl the blush on the apples of my cheeks to make sure that I have an even distribution.


And viola!

Another one of my favorite ways to apply blush is along my cheekbones. To do this, I make the fishy face. You know, like this…

And I apply a generous amount of blush from my jawline to my hairline.

I usually use this technique with bronzers and lighter blushes such as MAC’s Sweet as Cocoa.

Of course there really aren’t any rules. Do what works for you. As long as you use just a small amount of blush at a time…you really can’t do any wrong.

I have a video to go along with this post. Yes, there are 298 bloopers. Per usual. HA!

Because brown people can blush too,

Brown & Blushin': Blush Application 101


How long as it been since we’ve seen a lovely post from the Brown and Blushin’ series? Giiiirl, it’s been a minute. I know, I know. Like Jamie Foxx says, “Blame it on the alc—I mean, acne.” Seriously. A 2-3 month acne break-out can make a sista not even want to look in the mirror much less apply blush. But I can only go so long without applying one of my favorite beauty products.


For quite some time I have gotten a ton of requests for blush application for newbies. I can’t believe I haven’t done a post on this yet! Especially since it took me forever to figure out how to correctly apply blush.

It really is quite simple and there are several ways to do it.

You can apply blush just on the apples of the cheeks to get a nice flush of color. And all you have to do here is make a big ass (sorry Mom, had to say it..) Kool-Aid smile. Like this…

Dab just a little blush on the cheeks. A little blush goes a long way so it’s best to apply a little at a time. I am using MAC’s Full Fuchsia blush. I like to swirl the blush on the apples of my cheeks to make sure that I have an even distribution.


And viola!

Another one of my favorite ways to apply blush is along my cheekbones. To do this, I make the fishy face. You know, like this…

And I apply a generous amount of blush from my jawline to my hairline.

I usually use this technique with bronzers and lighter blushes such as MAC’s Sweet as Cocoa.

Of course there really aren’t any rules. Do what works for you. As long as you use just a small amount of blush at a time…you really can’t do any wrong.

I have a video to go along with this post. Yes, there are 298 bloopers. Per usual. HA!

Because brown people can blush too,

Beauty Review: Organix Hair Products

NOTE: When it comes to hair care reviews, my opinion best fits women who have natural 4B-type hair. I have no way of knowing how well this product will work on other hair types and textures. Find out more about hair types here.

Ahhh yesss, Organix products. I remember first seeing these in Target and immediately being intrigued.

What first drew me to Organix products were their SULFATE AND PARABEN FREE labels. I am extremely picky about what I put in my hair and products with sulfates and parabens in them are definite no-no’s.

Now that I think about it….my loctician would be rather disappointed in me if she knew I was using products without her approval. BUT, something tells me that she would be okay with Organix Vanilla Silk Shampoo and Conditioner.


Uh oh….a closer look at the ingredients forces me to think otherwise.


I am also “supposed to be” -cone and alcohol free.

HOWEVER, my hair seemed to like both the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo didn’t suck the moisture out of my color treated hair and the conditioner replenished what little was removed. I am surprised!

Because my locs are only 4 months old, I am not supposed to use conditioner as to prevent slippage. I was careful and only applied it to my scalp.

The result?

Shiny and happy locs!


I’m impressed! I think I’ll stick with all-natural method while trucking along on my loc journey but I highly recommend these to other ladies seeking moisture in the hair department.

Organix products are found at most drugstores, Target and Wal-Mart. Have any of you tried any of these products?

Whatcha think?

Beauty Event: Johnson’s Body Care Cause Party, part II

Last weekend I had the opportunity to host a Johnson’s Charity party. I first blogged about the event HERE. It was more than what I ever thought it would be. Aside from having good eats and laughs, the party was able to raise a good amount of money to donate to Dress for Success. You can find out more about this awesome organization here.

I hosted it at my house it would NOT have been as successful as it was had it not been for one of my greatest friends, Ariel. She really helped me out! Here she is sitting by the sign-in table.


Yummy food and drinks…



The sign-in sheet with donation jar. And can you believe EVERYONE actually wore the name tags. Heyyyy!


A total of 16 ladies strolled in and out of my place and I was unable to get pictures of everyone. Shucks! We played Taboo, Apples to Apples and before I knew it, I was giving away a good 30 bottles of polish. Talk about Spring cleaning! My friends were excited to receive my unwanted goods and I was happy to get rid of products that I didn’t even use. Of course everyone had to get get each “deal” confirmed. No way was I giving up Essie’s Mesmerize and China Glaze’s Shower Together. LOL!

Fellow University of South Florida alumnae, Ariel and Ellis rummaging through my blue and green polishes.


Another college BFF…Krystal and her sister Alexis. Many thanks to them for driving from Tampa to attend my little shindig.


Even the law school kids found time to stop by to chit chat and snag a goody bag.


We spent a good two hours screaming and shouting over Taboo. I am a HUGE game board junkie and Taboo is one of my favorites.


The party started at 3 p.m. and people didn’t start leaving until around 8:00 p.m. But they didn’t exactly go home. We all went to…


The fair! Where everyone ended up picking on me because I was too chicken to get on…..everything. LOL! We had such a wonderful time. I mean, honestly….how many times are you able to rally up some of your favorite gal pals, have them donate to great charity, talk beauty and end the night with cotton candy and greasy vinegar soaked fries?

I’ll say it was some party! Thank you to all who attended and a special “thank you” to Johnson’s for making this possible.