Take a guess and see what mascaras end up on this list.
My favorite volumizing mascara of all time ends up on list! The wonderful Max Factor Volume Couture!
….do some of your favorites end up on there?
Happy Dappy Friday, peeps!! I am excited because my skin is finally pulling it together and acting like it likes me. Yes, yes, I know it sounds loca but for the past few months I have been extremely frustrated with acne and dark spots left from acne. It can be quite discouraging and left me not wanting to wear anything beyond liner and mascara. I hope that my skin is done actin‘ a fool. But if not….I am enjoying pimple-free skin for the time being. For most of the week, I have been rocking a pretty neutral look.
Yes, I finally put that Make Up For Ever HD foundation that I got from The Makeup Show LA to use. And I must say….I love it!
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Make Up For Ever HD foundation in 178
Make Up For Ever HD powder
Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Sketch eyeshadow (lid)
NYX Mermaid Green (outer-V)
MAC Passionate (crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero
Maybelline Lash Stiletto
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth (I so live in this lipliner)
Victoria Secrets’ Intimate lip gloss
The more I play around with it, the more comfortable I feel with doing smokey eyes.
‘Tis all for now, my darlings.
Have a greeeat weekend,
From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate all of the support from Clumps of Mascara readers and supporters. From a comments to emails, ya’ll don’t know how much it means to me. Reader Appreciation Week was my THANK YOU. And I know everyone couldn’t win but I loved seeing the enthusiasm about the giveaways.
The best has yet to come so to keep the enthusiasm going on, I will continue to have random giveaways without notice.
That whole, “Giving is better than receiving,” thing….it’s kinda true.
Congratulations to the following ladies!
Mabel in the Dominican Republic Judith in Colorado Juanita in Missouri Sara in Sweden Xuxa in North Carolina Monique in Michigan Ashley in D.C. Aimee in Illinois Sarah in California
….and a special thank you to my youngest sister Imani…..
…she randomly selected each and every winner! A tough job for a 10-year old, but my girl held it down.
Thanks again for a successful Reader Appreciation Week. The next one will be bigger and better!
And a quick tag! Milan from Milan Rouge tagged me with the Sexy Blogger Award. Thanks sis!!
1. My kindness. Sounds lame but in a cruel world, I think that genuine kindness is sexy!
2. My legs. I love how sculpted they look.
3. My lips. They are full and soft!
4. My confidence. It has gotten me a loooong way.
5. My humor. Or lack thereof some may say. I take pride in being a cornball and somehow I think it’s sexy!
….I’m horrible at tags because I always seem to re-tag the same people. So I’m tagging YOU!
What makes you sexy?
Giiiirl, lemme tell you. I know some may say that MAC Cosmetics brushes are the best and that else nothing is comparable, but I don’t think that’s true. While I do love the quality and overall performance of MAC brushes, I think that there are other phenomenal brushes for half the price.
Say hello to my babies…
(from left to right)
-EcoTools retractable Kabuki brush ($7.99)
-Eyebrow grooming comb and brush (I don’t know where I got this from, hmmm…)
-Sonia Kashuk blending brush ($7.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools concealer brush (around $3 from Target)
-Sonia Kashuk small eyeshadow brush ($9.99 from Target. Get it HERE)
-Studio Tools eyeshadow brush (around $3 from Target)
-The Body Shop lip brush (under $10 from The Body Shop)
EcoTools, the company and products will always have my heart. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their products. This Kabuki brush is absolutely wonderful. It works great for an all over face powder and if you squeeze the bristles, it functions well as a blush brush. Got sensitive skin? Don’t worry….these bristles are so amazingly soft. Using this brush is such a treat. And it’s under $10!!
I don’t know where I got this baby from but I know it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. For my naturally bushy brows, this is must! Yes, my comb lost a few teeth…lol, don’t yall laugh at me!
Oh yes! This blending brush rocks! It is super soft and does a good job at….blending. With a light hand you can get a nice distribution of color on the crease. With a heavier hand, you can bang out a sexy smokey eye. I also find that it is good at giving me a nice wash of color under the browbone.
Honestly….I don’t see why you would even need to spend an insane amount of money on a concealer brush. This is the only one that I have ever had and it works perfectly! I depend on concealer since I don’t wear foundation and I love that this brush applies smoothly. Rinse it out thoroughly and it can be good at foiling (used wet) shadows or pigments. Heyy!! Yall know I love multi-purpose products.
I think this was one of my first brushes! And I’ve still got her around. This brush is perfect for ladies with smaller lids. Or perhaps you like applying shadows on the inner-V. This brush gets it done!
This was my first (oh wait….it’s my only) lip brush and I got it on sale at The Body Shop for a good $5. I love it for when I really want to make lips the focus of a look. It allows me to blend my liner and lipstick as well as applying MAC Tendertone balms on the lippies.
There’s my little guide to cheap but amazing brushes. My entire stash of brushes?
The travel brushes are stashed in the traveling case. They apologized for not being able to make a guest appearance. HA! I don’t see myself investing in any more brushes…..at least not for awhile. If you have good and long-lasting ones, you won’t need to!
Do you have any of these brushes?
Do you normally spend a nice chunk of change on your brushes or do you like ‘em cheap?
Readers/Twitter fam also suggest the following cheap brushes:
-Crown Brushes (co-sign!! I have some of these that I love…they are so cheap!)
Okay, I will be honest.
I’m really not IN to nail art. I can admire it all day. I may even play around with it a little but at the end of the day, I really prefer regular ole’ painted nails. Call it the conservative side of B if you want. I attribute my sentiments to nail art to having gone overboard with them in high school.
I had nail designs for EVERY holiday back in ‘tha day. I had looks for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and I even got my nails done in gold and green for my high school graduation.
Now and days, I don’t dabble into the nail design so much. In fact, the most I will do is this:
And even though I have products like these in my stash…
…I rarely touch them. I even did a nail art tutorial for Amor de Lacquer week, but trust me when I tell yall it is a JOKE. Instead, I found a beautiful YouTube-r who does beautiful nail art designs and her video is easy to follow along.
….and if you really want to see some dynamic nail art, check out my girl Nikki over at Ask Me Whats.
Whatcha think? Are you into nail art or not so much?
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?
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 talkin‘ Max 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:
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!
Enjoy your Monday, family!
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.
A lucky winner will win the following
Here are the details.
Press your luck one more time!!