Mascara Monday: Max Factor Vivid Impact mascara

Happy Monday! If you celebrate it, I hope that you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! The dawn of Easter always REALLY reminds me that it is Spring time. And the weather here in Central Florida says just that.

Thank you ALL for your support and involvement in Clumps of Mascara’s Reader Appreciation Week. I know everyone couldn’t win something but it was exciting to see all of the entries and overall excitement in the giveaways. Yay!!

This mascara is one that has been requested several times. And I am just now getting to it. Yikes!! This post will be picture heavy because I wanted to show each detail of this groovy mascara. Is it really vivid or a bust?

Max Factor Vivid Impact mascara
(blue & pink)

Price: 4 out of 5 ($10 from Ulta.com )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Dual color mascara that combines a traditional solid color base coat with an iridescent highlighting top coat to add a hint of color to lashes. Delivers sophisticated, bold and unexpected eye looks.(source)

The truth:
Pink lashes? That’s unexpected alright!!

What I loved about it: I love the versatility of this mascara. You can create many different looks. Whether it be the pink highlighting top coat just on the tips, all over, or just on the lower lashes. Such fun!

What I didn’t like:
For whatever reason, the mascara was a bit hard on the lashes.I mean….harder than most mascaras.

Overall: If you are lookin‘ for a mascara that will give you a “different” look or add a pop of color, this is it! I had so much fun playing around with mascara. I mean, think about it….pink lashes? How fun is that? As far as the performance of the mascara, I found that the blue basecoat gave me good volume. I’m talkinMax Factor Volume Couture-kinda volume.

The pink highlighting top coat, however, isn’t the same consistency as the mascara. It is a little thinner than a creamy eyeshadow. It takes quite a few strokes to get the color ON the lashes. And even then…it may appear a little streaky at first. I would imagine the color would really POP on lighter lashes but since my babies are dark brown….it is a little hard to see the pink.

Check out the wands:

The defining basecoat

The highlighting topcoat

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

First, I am applying two coats of the defining basecoat in blue. You can hardly tell that it’s there, uh? But I do get a good amount of volume and length.



Next I applied the pink highlighting top coat with the tip of the wand.

You can see the pink up close and personal. But what about outside?


So it really does work. I love how it looks with a purple eyeliner. Reader Sabrina was really the inspiration behind me finally purchasing and reviewing this mascara. Look at how beautiful the gold mascara looks with her pretty blue eyes!


Hotness!!

Would I recommend it?: Everyone should have one of these babies in their mascara stash. Fun-kaaaay!! Speaking of “funky”….count how many times I use that word in the video review. It’s pretty funny.

My other Max Factor mascara reviews:
Max Factor Volume Couture
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper

Enjoy your Monday, family!

Always,


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Reader Appreciation Week…5th giveaway


Today is the last day of Reader Appreciation Week….I hope it has proven to be a great one! I hope y’all realize just how much I appreciate Clumps of Mascara, the support and each and every one of you. I own all of the products that I have given away throughout the week and thought that you all would enjoy them too. Congratulations to the winners!

Next up…..a gift to the ladies out there who could de-stress.

Johnson’s Body Care Products!

A lucky winner will win the following

  • Johnson’s 24 Hour Body Lotion
  • Johnson’s 24 Hour Body Wash
  • Johnson’s Shea & Cocoa Butter Gel


Here are the details.

  • For U.S. residents only (I know, I know….I still love you Int’l family)
  • My little sister Imani will select a winner at random.
  • Contest ends on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 3 a.m.
  • To enter leave a comment saying “I want it”. That’s it!!
  • Be sure to provide your name and email address. If you want to keep the email addy private, you can email me your entry at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Press your luck one more time!!

Congratulations to the Kissable Couture winner:
Sara in Sweden!


Beauty Event: Johnson’s Body Care Cause Party

It’s Saturday!

…..and very rarely do I post on Saturdays but I just had to let y’all know of an amazing event coming up. Johnson’s has asked me to host a Johnson’s Body Care Cause party!

I am thrilled! On Sunday, April 26 around 3 p.m. a few of my girlfriends (and some fellas too) will come together to marvel over Johnson & Johnson goody bags, play a few games of Taboo and just enjoy each other’s company. The real purpose of the party is support a charity here in Orlando, Dress for Success. This was the charity that I selected and I am honored to be able to give to an organization that helps disadvantaged women.

Singer, Ashanti, has also gotten in on the Cause party fun! A few weeks ago, I was able to chit-chat with her on a phone conference with other beauty bloggers and pretty much found myself wanting to be Ashanti’s BFF. She is so down to earth! She too hosted a Cause party and gave us fellow hostesses some tidbits. One which included inviting sexy men over to give massages to the ladies! Okay honestly…..how can you not love her?

Ashanti told us her favorite Johnson’s products which include the Johnson’s 24 Hour Lotion and Wash and Baby Oil gel with Shea & Cocoa Butter.

Ohmigoodness, you all have not lived until you have tried these products!! The Body Wash alone is such a spa-like treatment. You NEED them in your life.

I will definitely be taking pictures of the party. How exciting is this! I love being able to incorporate two of my passions…beauty and helping others.

Now that’s pretty!! Have a wonderful weekend, fam!

Reader Appreciation Week…5th giveaway


It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friiiiiday! And Reader Appreciation Week is still in full swing ‘roun here.

Do yall feel loved?

Do Clumps of Mascara readers know just how much I appreciate them?

I certainly hope so. My little sister is enjoying selecting the winners. I feel good letting her be apart of the Clumps experience. That and I could never randomly pick names. I’d want ALL of yall to win.

And since I’m not rollin’ like that….we can only choose a select number.

The next THREE winners will get the following:

Eco-Tools Brow Grooming Set!


Here are the details

  • For U.S. residents only (I know, I know….I still love you Int’l family)
  • My little sister Imani will select a winner at random
  • Contest ends on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 3 a.m.
  • To enter, simply fill in the blank: I need this because my brows are: ____________.
  • Be sure to provide your name and email address. If you want to keep the email addy private, you can email me your entry at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

Good luck, family!!

Congratulations to the My Pretty Pink Box giveaway winner:
Juanita from Missouri!!

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Beauty Review: EcoTools Brow Grooming Set

Happy Friday!

Fridays are usually dedicated to FOTD Fridays but I wanted to jazz it up a bit instead of just showing you my mug. Well isn’t this funny….just a few days ago we were talking about areas on our body that we stopped fighting with and just started dealing with.

Say hello to my brows.

[NOTE] I forgot to take the silver clip out. I decided to upload the picture
anyway because it’s so ‘Clumps of Mascara’. HA!

They look okay now.

However, next week….

Sure, go ahead. Laugh it up but it really is a serious manner. I am ever so grateful for EcoTools and this handy dandy little brow set. It keeps my brows in check in between my threading sessions.

You know how much I love EcoTools, right? I did a post about them once before and was glad to see that I wasn’t the only EcoTools lova ‘roun here. Ladies all over the world are raving about these eco-friendly, affordable and high performance brushes. Even my girl Nikki in the Philippines is raving about the EcoTools mineral brush set.

So of course I had high hopes for the Brow grooming set. Did it deliever?

Yall like my little Eco-pretty set up, uh?
Heheheee.

First…let’s take a look at the deets of the Brow Grooming set.

Soft, cruelty-free bristles
• Natural & recycled materials

This earth-friendly set is packed with quality tools you need to look beautiful. And, it shows respect for the planet:
• Bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant.
• Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free.
• Sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
• Scirrors & tweezers are made from Recycled Stainless Steel.
• 5X lead-free mirror frame is made from bamboo.
(source)

The tools up close..

Oh girl, look at that cute little mirror.

Ec0Tools does it again. Another eco-friendly sweet set for only $9.99. The tweezers are precise and I love the “scoop” edges of the scissors. I have been using my brush every day and I just love the mirror….although it really does show EVERYTHING. Eek!

So what have we learned?

Life + good brows=



Life + bad brows=

Make the right decision.

Cop your EcoTools Brow Grooming Set at drugstores and where ever else EcoTools products are sold.

Happy Friday, family!!

Stay beautiful….and green,


(photo credit)

Reader Appreciation Week…4th giveaway


Is it really Thursday already? Wowsers! We only have 2 more giveaways after today’s. I am totally excited about giving away today’s gift because this is one of my favorite nail polish collections to date!

Sally Hansen Tracey Reese Spring 2009 collection

Remember my review of it HERE? I am still rocking these babies!

ONE lucky reader will get a chance to snag this collection. Check out the rules this go round:

  • For U.S. residents only
  • Only subscribed readers are eligible (this includes readers who are subscribed via Feed burners such as Google Reader)
  • My little sister Imani will select a winner at random
  • Contest ends on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 3 a.m.
  • No comments necessary on this post (if you have any questions, feel free to email me)

Good luck!!!

Congratulations to the Maybelline Lash Stiletto winners:

Mabel and Judith!

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Amor de Lacquer: Improved storage for polishes

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.

Remember HERE where I showed you all my terrible nail polish storage? I thought and I thought and I wrecked my brain trying to think of a neat polish storage solution. I didn’t want anything that took up too much space.

Here’s the thing about me….I don’t like clutter. And I don’t like owning a lot of anything. Books are the only exception. And while I love my nail polish collection, I didn’t want it to keep growing and eventually push me out of my own closet.

I remembered having the SAME issue when I was in college and living in dorms. For my freshman and sophomore years I had to share itty bitty closet spaces with my roommates.

I don’t know how I did it but it really wasn’t that bad. I ran to Ikea (the best store in the WORLD…after Sephora….and Office Depot….and Best Buy….and Whole Foods) and found the exact same little closet organizer that I used in undergrad.

Ta da!

I had one in the dorms and used it to store my shirts, shoes and belts. It was perfect because everything was confined to just THAT one spot. It also works best for polishes. Here’s how it looks in the closet.


It works! I found cheap little crates and organized my polishes by colors. Say “hello” to the purps.


On the side of organizer, I labeled each cubby hole like this:


That way I won’t have to waste time pulling them out trying to figure out where each color is.

After I finished organizing everything, I realized that I still had 3 remaining cubby holes (I love saying that…it reminds me of kindergarten. HA!) left. I found uses for them!

The bases, topcoats, nail/cuticle treatment department

The Design Corner…can’t find my Konad scraper. :(


The Tool Box


Everything works out perfectly and is neat and nice. If I find out that I am outgrowing any of my crates then I start giving away polishes.

Perfect!

Or….I’ll just buy another closet organizer. But hopefully it won’t get to that point.

I don’t think.

Well….it shouldn’t.

Anyone find an ideal way to store polishes?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Reader Appreciation Week…3rd giveaway


It’s time for another giveaway, family!

This giveaway is International-friendly and ends Thursday, April 9, 2009 at midnight PST!

One lucky winner will snag this….

Does the box look familiar?

That’s right! It’s a Kissable Couture Smooches set. This set is no longer available online and the lady that receives this will be holding on to a highly coveted little set valued at $32.

It is my gift to you.

Want it?

Simply take the Reader Feedback survey by clicking the link below…

Okay, I’ll be honest…there is no REAL way that I can find out if you took the survey or not but by you leaving a comment with you NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS, you are cyber pinky-swearing that you did take the survey.

…….yeeeeep. I’m taking it back to 3rd grade! Take the survey and cross your fingers!

Good luck!